Switch from Shapefile

ESRI Shapefile is a file format for storing geospatial vector data. It has been around since the early 1990s and is still the most commonly used vector data exchange format.

While Shapefiles have enabled many successful activities over the years, they also have a number of limitations that complicate software development and reduce efficiency.

We, members of the geospatial IT industry, believe that it is time to stop using Shapefiles as the primary vector data exchange format and to replace them with a format that takes advantage of the huge advances that have been made since Shapefile was introduced.

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