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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python - Third Edition

By : Joel Lawhead
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Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python - Third Edition

By: Joel Lawhead

Overview of this book

Geospatial analysis is used in almost every domain you can think of, including defense, farming, and even medicine. With this systematic guide, you'll get started with geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing analysis using the latest features in Python. This book will take you through GIS techniques, geodatabases, geospatial raster data, and much more using the latest built-in tools and libraries in Python 3.7. You'll learn everything you need to know about using software packages or APIs and generic algorithms that can be used for different situations. Furthermore, you'll learn how to apply simple Python GIS geospatial processes to a variety of problems, and work with remote sensing data. By the end of the book, you'll be able to build a generic corporate system, which can be implemented in any organization to manage customer support requests and field support personnel.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
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Section 1: The History and the Present of the Industry
Section 2: Geospatial Analysis Concepts
Section 3: Practical Geospatial Processing Techniques

Understanding the file structure

The preceding elements can be stored in a variety of ways in a single file, multiple files, or databases, depending on the format. Additionally, this geospatial information can be stored in a variety of formats, including embedded binary headers, XML, database tables, spreadsheets/CSV, separate text, or binary files.

Human-readable formats such as XML files, spreadsheets, and structured text files require only a text editor to be investigated. These files are also easily parsed and processed using Python's built-in modules, data types, and string manipulation functions. Binary-based formats are more complicated. Therefore, it is typically easier to use a third-party library to deal with binary formats.

However, you don't have to use a third-party library, especially if you just want to investigate the data at a high level. Python&apos...