I'm looking for demographic information and various things, and most of the time data are available as CSV (my application use geoJSON format).

Shall I encode the CSV to geoJSON or is there a "library" for geoJSON or some kind of a database of geojson files ?


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If you use python, you can handle csv file for generating geojson from it....

the basic way:

import csv, json

file = open( 'test.csv', 'r' )
reader = csv.DictReader( file , fieldnames = ( "id","name","attribute","lat","lng" ) )
outfile = json.dumps( [ row for row in reader ] )

print outfile

out = open("output.txt", "w")

the other way is from Andrew Dyck here with using geojson template which u created:

import csv

# Read in raw data from csv
rawData = csv.reader(open('sample.csv', 'rb'), dialect='excel')

# the template. where data from the csv will be formatted to geojson
template = \
    ''' \
    { "type" : "Feature",
        "id" : %s,
            "geometry" : {
                "type" : "Point",
                "coordinates" : ["%s","%s"]},
        "properties" : { "name" : "%s", "value" : "%s"}

# the head of the geojson file
output = \
    ''' \
{ "type" : "Feature Collection",
    {"features" : [

# loop through the csv by row skipping the first
iter = 0
for row in rawData:
    iter += 1
    if iter >= 2:
        id = row[0]
        lat = row[1]
        lon = row[2]
        name = row[3]
        pop = row[4]
        output += template % (row[0], row[2], row[1], row[3], row[4])

# the tail of the geojson file
output += \
    ''' \

# opens an geoJSON file to write the output to
outFileHandle = open("output.geojson", "w")
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    there is also a geojson specific python library in addition to the json library. Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 16:13

If you're only concerned with point data, Aragon's example is perfect. For more complex shapes you will need a bit more.

You can use ogr2ogr to convert nearly any type of data to geoJSON. I would employ some quality checks before relying on the conversion.

ogr2ogr -f geoJSON out.json in.shp

If you're more comfortable with a GUI, qGIS uses the same methods but it's easier to view / modify your process. qGIS can also help you import data from a CSV.

  • I briefly used qGIS in the past but didn't realize it could convert shapefile/csv to geoJson ! I'll give a try to ogr2ogr.
    – Olivier
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 11:53
  • I haven't used it in a while, but I think its in the file types under File > Save As.
    – nagytech
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 12:09

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