# ArchGDAL.jl documentation

GDAL is a translator library for raster and vector geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. As a library, it presents an abstract data model to drivers for various raster and vector formats.

ArchGDAL.jl aims to be a complete solution for working with GDAL in Julia, similar in scope to the SWIG bindings for Python. It builds on top of GDAL.jl, and provides a high level API for GDAL, espousing the following principles.

## Principles (The Arch Way)

• simplicity: without unnecessary additions or modifications. It preserves the GDAL Data Model and requires minimal dependencies.
• modernity: ArchGDAL strives to maintain the latest stable release versions of GDAL as long as systemic package breakage can be reasonably avoided.
• pragmatism: The principles here are only useful guidelines. Ultimately, design decisions are made on a case-by-case basis through developer consensus. Evidence-based technical analysis and debate are what matter, not politics or popular opinion.
• user-centrality: Whereas other libraries attempt to be more user-friendly, ArchGDAL shall be user-centric. It is intended to fill the needs of those contributing to it, rather than trying to appeal to as many users as possible.
• versatility: ArchGDAL will strive to remain small in its assumptions about the range of user-needs, and to make it easy for users to build their own extensions/conveniences.

## Installation

To install this package, run the following command in the Pkg REPL-mode,

pkg> add ArchGDAL

To test if it is installed correctly,

pkg> test ArchGDAL

julia> using ArchGDAL
In the documentation AG is often used as a shorthand for ArchGDAL. To use this shorthand you can use:
import ArchGDAL as AG