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I'm interested in understanding the relative merits of using GeoJSON or shapefile formats for handling geo-spatial data, particularly in an open-source, Python (CKAN project), web-development context.

GeoJSON is well supported in the CKAN data management python project (through Open Layers), but our clients seem to work with shapefiles. I'm trying to understand whether I should just ask clients to run their shapefiles through a simple GeoJSON convertor (perhaps even implement this myself upon file upload), or whether there is a good reason to keep their data stored in shpaefile format.

Struggling to find a decent technical comparison of the file formats. Anyone care to break it down for me?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Vince, Ian Turton Aug 13 at 16:06

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