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6. Analyzing Map Data > 6.2. Installing Data Management Tools: GDAL and FWTools

Installing Data Management Tools: GDAL and FWTools

If you examine the contents of the data folder you will find 49 files. These are map data files in ESRI shapefile format and GeoTIFF images. To learn more about them, you will use a tool from the GDAL project. GDAL comes bundled with the FWTools package, as does the OpenEV viewer and other utilities used in this book.

You can acquire the latest version of FWTools for your operating system or distribution from http://fwtools.maptools.org/. Examples used in this book are for the Linux operating system, but for Windows users, I have included notes where steps or usage varies.

Windows users

FWTools comes as an installation/setup file. First, download and execute the file. It should walk you through the setup steps. The setup program should place an FWTools Shell icon on your desktop. Launching this icon gives you a command prompt window for running FWTools commands.


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