Parsing Natural Earth data into it's raw form.

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  • #3401

    mrpubnight
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    Hi there, I’m wondering if it is possible to parse the data so that I can get the geo vector data in its raw form.

    I’m building a mapping tool and would like to build my own maps using raw data.

    Any pointers would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Stephan

    #4064

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Stephan,

    The shapefiles provided on the download pages are about as raw as they come. Are you having problems importing them? Into what software?

    _Nathaniel

    #4065

    mrpubnight
    Participant

    I’m writing my own software and would like to paint my maps myself. I downloaded Coastlines but the main data file is stored using some protocol – or at least it appears that way. Is there a tool or application I can use to export the data. Ideally i’m looking for point (lat,long) – or something functionally equivilant.

    Thanks

    Stephan

    #4066

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    @Stephan: There are shapefile parser libraries for most languages. Alternatively, you can install GRASS or QGIS and export out using a GDAL like tool the vector part of the shapefile to XY ordered text list.

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