Shape File Usage - Open Source Mapping
Shape Files, more accurately, ESRI Shape files is a GIS format is storing geographical
data as shapes (points, lines, polygons, etc). In addition to ESRI's ArcView products
many commercial programs will accept this format.
Shape File to KML
For this project, I want to convert all data to the KML file format. I have been using
the translator program ogr2ogr.
- Down load the shape file from the
- Unpack the tar file into its own directory. The shape file package actually contains
multiple files, in addition to the "*.shp" file itself.
- Run the ogr2ogr or other translator program. In this example the command would be
ogr2ogr -f KML at_centerline.kml at_centerline.shp
|-f KML ||KML is to be the output format|
|at_centerline.kml ||This is the output file|
|at_centerline.shp ||This is the input file|
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