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Convert CSV to Shapefile
The CSV file you exported from OpenGreenMap.org may include regional characters; therefore our
developer team chose the UTF-8 encoding system in order to accommodate characters from various
Though GIS software such as ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, Diva-GIS or Global Mapper have the
functionality to open the CSV directly, it proved that this exported CSV file won’t import that easily.
Therefore you need to follow the next preliminary steps in order to bring all your data into a GIS.
Preliminary steps (See: Opening a CSV File as a Spreadsheet)
If your CSV does not contain accented characters, then simply open the file in Excel or
OpenOffice Calc. and save the file as XLS.
1. Make sure the CSV is UTF-8 encoded with Byte Order Mark (BOM).
2. Open the file with Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc (choose UTF-8 encoding).
3. Save the CSV as XLS file (.xls).
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