A tool to convert Evaluation Maps to GeoJSON

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Evaluation Maps Converter

A tool to convert Evaluation Map Geopackages so that they can be uploaded on Geodesignhub.

Geodesign Hub uses GeoJSON and EPSG4326 projection and this tool will reproject your vector data before simplifying. In addition it will also create a GeoJSON that can be used in Geodesign Hub. Finally, this tool takes the GeoJSON and tests performance of it for geo spatial operations that are conducted on the Geodesign Hub Server. It can be useful to identify issues such as geometry errors and also test performance.

It is Python Flask App that is deployed on Heroku.


Before you start

You will need a Evaluation map already prepared for your study area. Evaluation maps can be created using GIS tools. Please review evaluation map creation in the step-by-step guide for data preparation for a project on Geodesign Hub. They are built in five or three colors using standard GIS modelling tools.

Your file must have a areatype property in the attributes table that has a value of one of the following strings: red, yellow, green, green2, green3 depending on the Evaluation model. A detailed guide to building a evaluation file is here.

Other notes

After converting to EPSG 4326, it uses the Douglas-Peucker simplification algorithm with a tolerance of 0.69 miles or 1.104 kms. It means that any lines will be simplifed within this band. For convenince, tolerance can be incereased or decreased.

The script creates a union of the red, yellow and green features and intersects them against randomly drawn features. It will show if the evaluation has errors in its features and a also time it takes to perform a intersection. The lower the time the better it is for performance. If it takes more than 10 seconds, consider simplifying the evaluation file by reducing the features.


Evaluation Maps produced by GIS tools as Geopackages can be very large. In addition, Geopackages cannot be directly uploaded to Geodesign Hub. This is a tool that will help in simplifying the maps, reprojecting them to EPSG 4326 and generate a GeoJSON for you. Then it can be directly uploaded to Geodesign Hub.

Please review the data simplification article to understand the file size and performance requirements for the tool.

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Checking input file and zip contents outptu2

Checking Schema and file projection output3

Simplify features and convert to GeoJSON output4

File Statistics and performance output5