Collecting geospatial data is time consuming and tedious. Data is often publicly available, but requires effort to find, download and clean and generally entails a handful of adaptations, such as changing the projection. Almost every publicly available geospatial file has an entry with a missing geometry, an unexpected foreign letter or some feature that requires human time to correct. Giraffe Geo saves your data team this expense. We maintain a growing inventory of geospatial data and keep it up-to-date .
Most projects require at least several geospatial datasets, and that usually requires having several formats, sets of metadata, access mechanisms and partner agreements. Giraffe Geo maintains a uniform directory for all of our datasets. Each dataset has a documentation page with all the essential metadata, and these pages are organized for search in a directory structure that mirrors the database structure. Everything is as transparent as possible to allow your engineers to be as efficient as possible. It's the data source that we would all like to have in-house.
Giraffe Geo data is available by api queries that mimic basic sql queries, as well as by sql query directly. Queries can be on-the-fly, such as geometry features in geojson for web map display, or tiled queries for large computations. Giraffe Geo also handles bulk queries using tools such as ogr2ogr to download extracts of a dataset for an entire city or region. Giraffe Geo integrates easily into many popular software packages, such as ArcMap and QGIS. We offer step-by-step instructions for many of these integrations here