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The problem I am face with is that I have all my data as shapefiles but my organization works with only 1 ArcGIS license. Migrating to QGIS to prominent amount of work, I need to convert my ArcGIS .style file to the .sld format of QGIS, to ensure uniformity of data capture and maps.

I am working with Python for this, Could anyone give me any suggestions?

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As stated in this Esri's blog post:

The style files that are installed with ArcMap are actually Microsoft Access databases, the file extension was changed from .mdb to .style.

The blog post also describes a few useful things you can do to edit style files using Microsoft Access.

Please refer to this SO answer on How to deal with mdb access files with python.

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Reading style in Python and export it to SLD format sounds like pretty extensive piece of work. There is already solution for that as part of Arc2Earth - more info here:

Converting ArcGIS layer style to Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) file?

There are also answers with few other solutions. If you really want to program it, I would consider to program it as plugin for QGIS - I am sure there are a lot of people who would like to have this feature in QGIS - including myself.

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