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Mastering Geospatial Analysis with Python

By : Silas Toms, Paul Crickard, Eric van Rees
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Mastering Geospatial Analysis with Python

By: Silas Toms, Paul Crickard, Eric van Rees

Overview of this book

Python comes with a host of open source libraries and tools that help you work on professional geoprocessing tasks without investing in expensive tools. This book will introduce Python developers, both new and experienced, to a variety of new code libraries that have been developed to perform geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, and data management. This book will use examples and code snippets that will help explain how Python 3 differs from Python 2, and how these new code libraries can be used to solve age-old problems in geospatial analysis. You will begin by understanding what geoprocessing is and explore the tools and libraries that Python 3 offers. You will then learn to use Python code libraries to read and write geospatial data. You will then learn to perform geospatial queries within databases and learn PyQGIS to automate analysis within the QGIS mapping suite. Moving forward, you will explore the newly released ArcGIS API for Python and ArcGIS Online to perform geospatial analysis and create ArcGIS Online web maps. Further, you will deep dive into Python Geospatial web frameworks and learn to create a geospatial REST API.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell
Geoprocessing with Geodatabases

Deploying Flask to IIS

To deploy the new API application on a Microsoft Server with Internet Information Services (IIS) installed, we have to download some Python code, and an IIS module called FastCGI. Once configured, the application will respond to web requests from any allowed machine.  

Flask and web servers

While Flask includes a local web server for testing purposes, it is not designed for production deployments. Flask works best with web servers like Apache or IIS. While there is a lot of literature on how to deploy Flask with Apache, it is less common to find good instructions on how to deploy it using IIS. As most GIS professionals work with Windows servers or have access to them, these instructions will focus on deployment with IIS 7.


The Web Server Gateway Interface (WSGI) is a Python specification that allows for a Python executable to be used to respond to web requests. WSGI is built into Python web frameworks such as Flask and Django.

To enable the use of the Flask web framework...