I've got several geodatabases that include feature classes with Greek letters in a lot of the attributes. When I try exporting a feature class as a shapefile from ArcCatalog, the attributes are butchered in the shapefile data, some kind of character encoding problem (they look like this in the shape: ??etr??e?). The same thing happens when I use ogr2ogr in FWtools to convert layers from the MDB to KML, shp, etc.
Does anyone have experience trying to deal with encoding formats across GIS data formats?
The real goal here is to get some data from these Esri geodatabases into a Postgres/PostGIS database, but broken encoding isn't going to work. I was going to export from the geoDBs to shapefiles, then load them in with
shp2pgsql. Is that the easiest path to get there?