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Geospatial Power Tools

Open Source GDAL / OGR Command Line Utilities

by Tyler Mitchell and GDAL Developers

Book cover for Geospatial Power Tools by Locate Press

PDF $24.99
358 pages
ISBN 978-0989421713
Published 2014-11-04

Everyone loves power tools. The GDAL and OGR utilities are the power tools of the GIS world, and best of all, they're free.

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The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL), including its subproject OGR, is the preeminent open source data access library that provides GIS commands and tools. It is used behind most of the open source geospatial applications and also sits behind many of the leading proprietary GIS applications on the market today. Along with the programming libraries come several powerful command line utilities, intended to be run by being typed into a terminal or command prompt window.

The utilities include tools for examining, converting, transforming, building and analysing data. This book is a collection of the GDAL and OGR documentation, but also includes substantial new content designed to help guide you in using the utilities to solve your current data problems.

Inside you'll find a quick reference for looking up the right syntax and example usage quickly. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I - Workflows and examples
  • Part II - GDAL raster utilities
  • Part III - OGR vector utilities
  • Once you get a taste of the power the GDAL/OGR suite provides, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. This book will get you on the fast track to becoming more efficient in your GIS data processing efforts.

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    Tyler is the Founder and Publisher of Locate Press. He is author of Geospatial Power Tools (2014) and Web Mapping Illustrated (O'Reilly, 2005). Tyler's vision of a non-profit led to the creation of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) where he worked as Executive Director. His background is in digital mapping, database product management, marketing, and business administration.

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