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Why did Esri choose to create zLas, a proprietary format, rather than collaborating with or building on existing open standards like LASzip?

Question asked by tmcwishere on Jul 16, 2014

For background, see Paul Ramsey's article: Format Wars Episode V: LIDAR - Boundless

And James Fee: LAS, LAZ, LasZip, zLAS and You

 

How does this decision square with Esri's "Open" initiative?

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