Converting ESRI .lpk files to Shapefiles for use in QGIS 2

Converting ESRI .lpk files to Shapefiles  for use in QGIS
ESRI ArcGIS can export compressed geographic files using the ‘LPK’ file extension. ESRI also have a number of datasets available for free download on their website that use this extension, e.g. the popular North America Postal Areas and Zip Codes datasets. Unfortunately the LPK extension is a proprietary extension not directly supported by other tools, ...

New Maptitude Add-ins for Territories and Vehicle Routing

Caliper have just released two new add-ins for Maptitude: Balanced Territories Add-in This add-in automatically creates a new territory layer from an existing area layer. Each territory is created by combining areas (e.g. zip codes) in the area, whilst attempting to create equal sums of a data field. For example, you could create territories with ...

Book Review: Cartographer’s Toolkit

The Cartographer’s Toolkit: Colors, Typography, Patterns by Gretchen N. Peterson is a collection of color palettes, typography, and other map components arranged in an easy to reference manner.It will be useful for those who wish to (and have the opportunity to) design more sophisticated maps.

Book Review: PostGIS Cookbook

The PostGIS Cookbook by Paolo Conti, Thomas J Kraft, Stephen Vincent Mather, and Bborie Park (buy from Packt) is a collection of how-to recipes for the PostGIS extension for Postgres. It is recommended for intermediate and even advanced PostGIS users. Novice Postgres/PostGIS users may also find it useful, but they will need to use it ...

Book Review: Python Geospatial Development

“Python Geospatial Development” by Erik Westra provides a good introduction to geospatial development with Python. Python is ideal for “swiss army knife” geospatial operations, but the book concentrates on the development of applications including geospatial databases and Django-based geospatial web applications.