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I quite often get stuck trying to solve particular problems, or getting syntaxes right.

Apart from the details provided in the links on GDAL Utilities, does anyone know of any 3rd party resources/manuals explaining it in a bit more user friendly way?

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This website lists out several options for you to consider...

  • Learning GDAL and Open-source Tutorials
  • GDAL.org
  • OSGeo Trac

Check out the options documented in Seeking Open Source Training Materials?, which address open source training in general.

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Book:

Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition, by Eric Westra

It's a nice tutorial for processing spatial data with GDAL Python library mainly.

Of course GDAL website is a nice source of informations: http://www.gdal.org

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This website link will be useful in learning how to download and use GDAL without installation along with environment variable setups.

Some useful tools like gdalinfo, ogr2ogr, gdalcreatevrt etc have been explained. Hope it will be useful.

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One of best resources to start working on GDAL is the Cheat sheet for GDAL/OGR command-line geodata tools, and below you can find a list of links for diving deeply:

http://live.osgeo.org/en/quickstart/gdal_quickstart.html

https://github.com/nvkelso/geo-how-to/wiki/OGR-to-reproject,-modify-Shapefiles

ftp://ftp.remotesensing.org/gdal/presentations/OpenSource_Weds_Andre_CUGOS.pdf

http://developmentseed.org/blog/2009/jul/30/using-open-source-tools-make-elevation-maps-afghanistan-and-pakistan/

http://linfiniti.com/2010/12/a-workflow-for-creating-beautiful-relief-shaded-dems-using-gdal/

http://linfiniti.com/2009/09/clipping-rasters-with-gdal-using-polygons/

http://nautilus.baruch.sc.edu/twiki_dmcc/bin/view/Main/OGR_example

http://www.gdal.org/frmt_hdf4.html

http://planetflux.adamwilson.us/2010/06/modis-processing-with-r-gdal-and-nco.html

http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/FAQRaster

http://www.mikejcorey.com/wordpress/2011/02/05/tutorial-create-beautiful-hillshade-maps-from-digital-elevation-models-with-gdal-and-mapnik/

http://dirkraffel.com/2011/07/05/best-way-to-merge-color-relief-with-shaded-relief-map/

http://gfoss.blogspot.com/2008/06/gdal-raster-data-tips-and-tricks.html

http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/gdal-dev-Dissolve-shapefile-using-GDAL-OGR-td5036930.html

https://www.mapbox.com/tilemill/docs/guides/terrain-data/

https://gist.github.com/ashaw/0862ec044c45b9aa3c76

https://github.com/gina-alaska/dans-gdal-scripts

Reference:
https://github.com/dwtkns/gdal-cheat-sheet

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