I'm very new to GIS and all things geospatial!
I have dbf, prj, sbn, sbx, shp and shx files that have been provided to me. The shapefile contains information on parts of the country that have been segmented into logical areas. These are borders which do not overlap.
I want to take a geocoded location and some how determine which area the location falls within.
I'm unsure as to how to proceed; are there libraries which directly read shapefiles, should I convert to KML, or to a database.
Platform is PHP.
If you require any more information please let me know.
EDIT Sorry I had no idea how much info you guys needed so I'll update here based on comments. No, I have no software at all, I was just provided these files and asked to "make it work". Never done any geospatial work before.
EDIT2 I downloaded QGIS and managed to open the shapefile and I can see my state. I'll explain precisely what I am trying to do: the shapefile has the state split into various administrative areas. What I need to do is to take the geocoded address that someone enters and tell them what area they live in.
Here is the datastructure they have provided me:
Formats available: MAPINFO TAB; ESRI SHAPE Datum: GDA94 Projection: MGA94 Zone 55 Geometry: Polygon Field Type Description ID INT32 NAME CHAR(60) PLAN_REF CHAR(8) COMMENTS CHAR(50) UFI CHAR(12) FMP CHAR(12) CREATED_ON CHAR(19)