About

PROJ is a generic coordinate transformation software that transforms geospatial coordinates from one coordinate reference system (CRS) to another. This includes cartographic projections as well as geodetic transformations. PROJ is released under the X/MIT open source license

PROJ includes command line applications for easy conversion of coordinates from text files or directly from user input. In addition to the command line utilities PROJ also exposes an application programming interface, or API in short. The API lets developers use the functionality of PROJ in their own software without having to implement similar functionality themselves.

PROJ started purely as a cartography application letting users convert geodetic coordinates into projected coordinates using a number of different cartographic projections. Over the years, as the need has become apparent, support for datum shifts has slowly worked its way into PROJ as well. Today PROJ supports more than a hundred different map projections and can transform coordinates between datums using all but the most obscure geodetic techniques.

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Citation

To cite PROJ in publications use:

PROJ contributors (2020). PROJ coordinate transformation software library. Open Source Geospatial Foundation. URL https://proj.org/.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

@Manual{,
  title = {{PROJ} coordinate transformation software library},
  author = {{PROJ contributors}},
  organization = {Open Source Geospatial Foundation},
  year = {2021},
  url = {https://proj.org/},
}

License

PROJ uses the MIT license. The software was initially released by the USGS in the public domain. When Frank Warmerdam took over the development of PROJ it was moved under the MIT license. The full text of the license follows, and can also be found in the file COPYING, at the top level of the source distribution package.


All source, data files and other contents of the PROJ package are 
available under the following terms.  Note that the PROJ 4.3 and earlier
was "public domain" as is common with US government work, but apparently
this is not a well defined legal term in many countries. Frank Warmerdam placed
everything under the following MIT style license because he believed it is
effectively the same as public domain, allowing anyone to use the code as
they wish, including making proprietary derivatives.

Initial PROJ 4.3 public domain code was put as Frank Warmerdam as copyright
holder, but he didn't mean to imply he did the work. Essentially all work was
done by Gerald Evenden.

Copyright information can be found in source files.

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