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