Maxar is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL), a translator library for raster and vector geospatial data formats. GDAL, founded in 1998, serves as a primary building block for data management and processing in open-source, commercial and government geospatial software. GDAL is the Swiss Army knife of geographic information systems (GIS), letting users read, write and refine rasters and vectors in hundreds of different formats via a common abstraction.

Within Maxar, GDAL is utilized to produce our imagery basemaps and Analysis-Ready Data (ARD) products, enables software like P3DR to read customer data and allows customers to read our raster and vector products in tools of their choosing. Maxar team members from around the globe, including at headquarters in Colorado, Washington, D.C., area offices and Swedish facilities, leverage GDAL in their daily work.

While GDAL is critical to many organizations, there is an acute need to provide sustainable, long-term support of the project. Maxar’s sponsorship of GDAL contributes to providing resources to address software, testing and project challenges that, once addressed, benefit all users and enable day-to-day maintenance operations. Maxar is excited to join the broader effort to strengthen GDAL’s foundation.

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