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I've recently inherited a whole bunch of spatial data (mostly shapefiles but some .gdbs) which relate to a bunch of different cities. I'm looking for a way to take an inventory of what data I've got for each city, preferably automated!

Does anyone know of any (free) tools that would allow me for example, to create a catalogue of my data (and metadata) from the files contained within my directory structure?

I'm using Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) and tend to use QGIS/PostGIS.

  • What kind of metadata? – Nathan W Jul 11 '14 at 13:16
  • @NathanW, just basic descriptive stuff - file name, spatial extent, CRS projection etc. I really just want a comprehensive list/register of everything in a bunch of folders – marty_c Jul 13 '14 at 11:37
  • How to make a GIS inventory? is a closely-related question. Although it has an ArcGIS leaning, there is a pure Python answer that might help you get started. Since this is a fairly common use case, I might suggest we merge the two questions, allowing both FOSS and commercial solutions. – blah238 Dec 16 '14 at 18:32

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