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I would like to combine together a couple of ESRI shapefile shared by the city of Toronto. After doing a quick search I found plenty of tutorials to use those file in programming language (R, php, python ...).

I know that fusion table kind of support them, but I am looking for other options that doesn't requiere too much coding.

  • convert them to .geojson/.topojson and use leaflet.js – albert Mar 20 '15 at 19:32
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My favorite is cartodb. It is free and you can create wonderful visualizations.

Also, you can read this tutorial about using ESRI shapefiles in cartodb.

  • thanks - cartodb free plan is limited to 5MB while I need about 15MB :( – magdmartin Jan 4 '14 at 16:00
  • Keep an eye on them, because they use to announce Online courses and they provide a life-academic account for anyone to apply for free in the course. An academic account has more than 5MB. – Tasos Jan 4 '14 at 16:13
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If you just want a simple GUI to interact with shapefiles (plot maps, see properties and do some manipulation) you can use the free/libre software QGIS. If you want more control and a programmable interface you can go with Python using libraries such as fiona and shapely. And if you want to display your shapes in the Web, I highly recommend the JavaScript library LeafLet. In this case, the preferred format to use is GeoJSON (you can convert shapefiles to GeoJSON with fiona and shapely).

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    QGIS is an excellent resource and doesn't require coding to do basic cartography. – Amos Budde Jan 9 '14 at 20:00
  • I accepted the other answer as I mentionned I wanted to avoid programming language. – magdmartin Feb 20 '14 at 17:27
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    "Too much coding" is different from "no coding". – Álvaro Justen Feb 21 '14 at 7:00
  • you don't need to know any coding to use qgis. open it up -> open up the shapefiles -> save to whatever format you need. – albert Jun 29 '15 at 20:08
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You can use FME Desktop (trial) for merge a couple of Esri Shapefiles. FME Safe

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