Exporting GeoJSON

If you’ve ever needed to export a shapefile or feature class to a GeoJSON text file, there’s a handy ESRI-supported Python script available.  It’s easy to install into your ArcToolbox, and works quite well:


So what is GeoJSON?  JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation, an encoding format for web object data.  GeoJSON is just a JSON object that contains spatial information.  In a sense, it’s a highly portable web container for geographic data.  Many web mapping programs can parse it, including PostGIS and OpenLayers.  You can also use it when programming with the Google Maps API.

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