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Python Geospatial Development - Third Edition

By : Erik Westra
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Python Geospatial Development - Third Edition

By: Erik Westra

Overview of this book

Geospatial development links your data to locations on the surface of the Earth. Writing geospatial programs involves tasks such as grouping data by location, storing and analyzing large amounts of spatial information, performing complex geospatial calculations, and drawing colorful interactive maps. In order to do this well, you’ll need appropriate tools and techniques, as well as a thorough understanding of geospatial concepts such as map projections, datums, and coordinate systems. This book provides an overview of the major geospatial concepts, data sources, and toolkits. It starts by showing you how to store and access spatial data using Python, how to perform a range of spatial calculations, and how to store spatial data in a database. Further on, the book teaches you how to build your own slippy map interface within a web application, and finishes with the detailed construction of a geospatial data editor using the GeoDjango framework. By the end of this book, you will be able to confidently use Python to write your own geospatial applications ranging from quick, one-off utilities to sophisticated web-based applications using maps and other geospatial data.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Python Geospatial Development Third Edition
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Before we can start implementing the ShapeEditor, we need to make sure that the various libraries and tools it uses are installed on your computer. You probably already installed all of these when you worked through the previous chapters of this book, but just in case you haven't, please make sure you have installed the following software:

  • GDAL/OGR version 1.10 or later

  • PROJ.4 version 4.8 or later

  • pyproj version 1.9 or later

  • PostgreSQL version 9.4 or later

  • PostGIS version 2.1 or later

  • psycopg2 version 2.6 or later

  • Mapnik version 2.2 or later

  • Django version 1.8 or later