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For many interactive Webmapping applications the data should be converted from a GIS format. ArcView Shapefiles are a common source format for GIS data exchange. This format can be read and written by many commercial and open source GIS applications. The OGR Simple Features Library can be used to convert from different formats to the ESRI shapefile format. The “ogis2svg.pl” converter builds on the freely available “shp2pgsl” converter developed by the Postgis project. The ogis2svg.pl converter takes the text input from shp2pgsql and converts it to SVG files. (more…)