Introduction to GDAL
What you'll learn
- understand what GDAL is, and how it is used
- know how to read and interpret the help dialog for issuing GDAL commands
- write single line GDAL commands to processing raster and vector data
- write GDAL batch scripts to process raster and vector data
- use GDAL to solve a real-world multi-criteria problem
- create your own Extraction, Translation, and Loading (ETL) module with GDAL and multiple databases
- Students should be familiar with GIS
- You should be familiar with the DOS command prompt, as we'll write lots of command from there.
Do you have lots of spatial data that you need to process? Do you work with really large datasets that are unmanageable with a traditional GIS? Do you need to access and exchange spatial data in different formats, and different systems? And, has the price of commercial offerings shocked you? If so, this course will teach you how to process very large spatial data, in different formats using simple command line syntax, using the free and open source product GDAL.
GDAL is one of the jewels of the open source community, and I want to help you understand how to leverage its power to process spatial data.
We'll start off slow, and I will show you how to manipulate raster and vector data with the GDAL command line. Then, before you know it, you'll be writing batch scripts to perform real world GIS processing. Finally, you'll end by creating an Extraction, Translate, and Loading (ETL) tool with a single GDAL command (some people pay thousands of dollars just to complete this task!).
Like all my courses, I'll work alongside you so that you actually learn how to do his. Be careful: after taking this course, you may never want to use a GIS GUI again.
Who this course is for:
- People who want to learn about how to use open source tools for managing spatial data.
Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr. is an educator with a passion for GIS and almost 30 years of GIS industry experience. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious New York State Chancellors award for Excellence in Teaching (2006), and the Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award (2018) - both of these awards are the highest awards in academia for both States.
Currently, Dr. Lembo is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation.