By Arjun Gangadharan, Data Analyst — GIS, SatSure
Geospatial Data Abstraction Library ( GDAL) is an Open Source library for the raster and vector operations of geospatial datasets. It has been released under MIT permissive license by Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).
The GDAL library has become inevitable in almost all the software which is used in the geospatial domain. This library’s uses range from the ESRI and hexagon products to the open-source products like QGIS. The GDAL library is a cross-platform library and is supported by Python and R, which are commonly used for geospatial operations, along with many other languages. You can use GDAL on all modern distros of UNIX, i.e. Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X; and all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and even in the mobile environments like Android and iOS. …