GeoPackage, The Shapefile Of The Future

Pirmin Kalberer (Sourcepole)

10:00 on Saturday 21st September (in Session 46, starting at 9 a.m., Auditorium)

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Description: GeoPackage is an OGC candidate standard combining vector data and raster tiles in a single database file.

OGC has published GeoPackage as a candidate standard in January 2013. An SQLite container combines simple feature vector data (SpatiaLite) and JPEG/PNG raster tiles in a single file. The SQL interface makes it immediately usable for mobile, web or desktop applications. An embedded XML capabilities manifest makes a typical OGC standard out of it, provoking also critical comments. But an official standard for an interchange format built on widespread technology could finally end the good old shapefile era.