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Python Geospatial Analysis Essentials by Erik Westra

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Types of geospatial data

In the previous chapter, we looked briefly at some of the more common formats used to store and transfer raster and vector geospatial data. Let's now look at some of the more important types of geospatial data you are likely to encounter.

Shapefiles

As we saw in the previous chapter, a shapefile is a collection of files on disk, which together hold a set of geospatial features along with their attributes and geometries. For example, the following illustration shows the data stored in a typical shapefile:

Shapefiles

Because the shapefile format has been around for many years, and dates back to the dBase days, a single shapefile is made ...

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