Convert MrSID to an image (PNG, JPG, TIFF, …)


Conversion result, using data of my hometown Deinze, Belgium

To convert a MrSID (Multiresolution Seamless Image Database) from LizardTech you’ll need GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) — Mac Users: download here — along with its MrSID Plugin — Mac Users: scroll down at link above.

Once both are installed you can use gdal_translate to do the actual conversion. Beware that converting will give you a gigantic file and will take a while. Best is to resize the output, to not end up with images of 500MB.

Convert MrSID to PNG and resize

/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Programs/gdal_translate -of PNG -outsize 10% 10% input.sid output.png

More info on the parameters can be found on the GDAL site.

Tip: if you can determine the NE and SW coordinates of the image, you can project it on top of Google Maps as a Ground Overlay (example)

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Convert ESRI Shapefile (.shp) to geoJSON (.json)


Conversion result implemented in Google Maps, using data of my hometown Deinze, Belgium

To convert ESRI shapefiles to geoJSON (which you can perfectly use JavaScript and thus pass on to Google Maps, see screenshot above) you will need GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) — Mac Users: download here. I have installed GDAL 1.9 Complete but perhaps the framework itself might also do.

After installation, you can use ogr2ogr to do the actual conversion.

Convert ESRI Shapefile to geoJSON:

/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Programs/ogr2ogr -f "GeoJSON" output.json input.shp

Convert ESRI Shapefile to geoJSON with Coordinates Conversion (here LAMBERT 1972 (EPSG:31370) to WGS84):

/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Programs/ogr2ogr -f "GeoJSON" -s_srs "EPSG:31370" -t_srs "WGS84" output.json input.shp

The latter is the command you’ll be looking for when working with gisoost.be buurtwegen data.

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