Generic sensor format

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The generic sensor format (GSF) is a file format used for storing bathymetry data, such as that gathered by a multibeam echosounder.[1] The format was created by Scott Ferguson and Daniel A. Chayes.[2][3]

The file format specifications and C source code for a library to read and write GSF files are available from Leidos,[1] who maintain both the format specification and the source code.[3] The GSF library source code is published under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1.[3]


GSF is supported by the following software packages:


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  3. ^ a b c GSFlib, The Generic Sensor Format Library, version 03.06, Leidos Corporation, 2014-06-30 
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