Open source GIS

There’s been an interesting discussion on the GIS4LIB list over the last few days about good open source GIS and Web mapping applications. A number of resources were noted that are worth checking out as alternatives to ArcGIS or MapInfo.

Open Source GIS is a Web site dedicated to building a complete of Open Source/free GIS related software products.

GRASS GIS (Geographic Resource Analysis Support System) is used widely in governments and academic settings.

A white paper has been written by Refractions Research entitled, “The State of Open Source GIS.” It’s dated May 25, 2006. It gives a summary and then discusses the different applications and tools in current use.

Two books were mentioned as being helpful for those looking into Open Source web applications. Both are held in the libraries and the call numbers are given.

Mapping hacks : tips & tools for electronic cartography by Erle Schuyler. Held at Branner Library. Call number: GA139 .E75 2005.

Web mapping illustrated by Tyler Mitchell. Held at Branner Library. Call number: GA102.4 .E4 M58 2005.

As the discussion continues, I’ll post more resources here.

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