Learn about GIS File Formats and APIs that can open and create GIS files
A GIS (Geographic Information System) map file consists of spatial or geographic information about certain location or area. A GIS mapping software is a program or set of programs that present the spatial or geographical data to viewers for visualization, analysis and management. A GIS file can be created manually, extracted from a GPS device or recorded through remote sensing devices and applications. GIS finds it usage in almost all fields of life; from agriculture to town planning, resources analysis, urban planning and for creation of strategies to solve problems.
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Following is a list of common GIS file formats along with their file extensions.