OGDI can (among other formats) read VPF products, such as DCW and VMAP.
If an OGDI gltp url is opened directly the OGDI 3.1 capabilities for the driver/server are queried to get a list of layers. One OGR layer is created for each OGDI family available for each layer in the datastore. For drivers such as VRF this can result in a lot of layers. Each of the layers has an OGR name based on the OGDI name plus an underscore and the family name. For instance a layer might be called watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line if coming out of the VRF driver.
From GDAL/OGR 1.8.0, setting the OGR_OGDI_LAUNDER_LAYER_NAMES configuration option (or environment variable) to YES causes the layer names to be simplified. For example : watrcrsl_hydro instead of 'watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line'
Alternatively to accessing all the layers in a datastore, it is possible to open a particular layer using a customized filename consisting of the regular GLTP URL to which you append the layer name and family type (separated by colons). This mechanism must be used to access layers of pre OGDI 3.1 drivers as before OGDI 3.1 there was no regular way to discover available layers in OGDI.
gltp:[//<hostname>]/<driver_name>/<dataset_name>:<layer_name>:<family>Where <layer_name> is the OGDI Layer name, and <family> is one of: "line", "area", "point", or "text".
OGDI coordinate system information is supported for most coordinate systems. A warning will be produced when a layer is opened if the coordinate system cannot be translated.
There is no update or creation support in the OGDI driver.
Raster layers cannot be accessed with this driver but can be accessed using the GDAL OGDI Raster driver.
Starting with GDAL 2.2 and OGDI > 3.2.0beta2, if the OGDI_STOP_ON_ERROR environment variable is set to NO, some errors can be gracefully recovered by OGDI (in VPF driver). They will still be caught by GDAL and emitted as regular GDAL errors.
Note: be aware that this is a work in progress. Not all recoverable errors can be recovered, and some errors might be recovered silently.
ogrinfo gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia 'watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line'
In the dataset name 'gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia' the gltp:/vrf part is not really in the filesystem, but has to be added. The VPF data was at /usr4/mpp1/v0eur/. The 'eurnasia' directory should be at the same level as the dht. and lat. files. The 'hydro' reference is a subdirectory of 'eurnasia/' where watrcrsl.* is found.
Usage examples VMAP0 to SHAPE conversion with 'ogr2ogr':
ogr2ogr watrcrsl.shp gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia 'watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line' ogr2ogr polbnda.shp gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia 'polbnda@bnd(*)_area'An OGR SQL query against a VMAP dataset. Again, note the careful quoting of the layer name.
ogrinfo -ro gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0noa/vmaplv0/noamer \ -sql 'select * from "polbndl@bnd(*)_line" where use=26'