GDAL 2.0 overview
Initiated in 1998, the GDAL/OGR (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) library has dramatically grown, supporting from 20 raster and vector formats in its early 1.1 version to more than 200 in the latest v1.11. In the meantime, it has been successfully adopted by hundreds of software projects, being at the foundation of many GIS stacks.
In this session, after a quick overview of the current capabilities, we will focus on recent developments and achievements that will be available in GDAL 2.0: unification of the raster and vector driver models, performance and capability improvements in raster operations, support of ISO SQL/MM curve geometry types, new vector attribute data types, multiple geometry fields per feature, support of new formats (GeoPackage vectors and rasters, KEA, etc) and enhancements in existing ones (PostGIS, GML, MapInfo .TAB etc). The impact on existing downstream software and the porting efforts will be addressed.
Finally, we will explore potential future directions for the project : planar topology abstraction and drivers, geography networks, unified multi-platform build system, etc.