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Open Source GIS 101, Introduction

In the world of open source software, one fact is clear. Everyone has different opinions about which software they prefer. Newcomers to open source GIS software are often confused by a seemingly chaotic mix of software applications.

So where do we start learning?

For the newcomers, this is an introduction to a short series of blogs covering the most commonly known open source GIS applications for the desktop, plus a few key concepts. The software is free for anyone to install and is typically user-friendly to those already familiar with ESRI’s ArcGIS. The future topics are listed below.

Part 1: Defining Open – Not All Open Source Licenses are Alike

Part 2: GRASS (Geographic Resource Analysis Support System)

Part 3: gvSIG (Generalitat Valenciana, Sistema d’Informació Geogràfica)

Part 4: uDIG (User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS)

Part 5: Open JUMP (Open Java Unified Mapping Platform)

Part 6: QGIS (Quantum GIS)

Part 7: GDAL/OGR – (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library/OGR Simple Features Library)

Part 8: A Few Notes About Map Projections

Part 9: An Open Source Alternative to the File Geodatabase (Sort of)

Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS?

In the spirit of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, think of this series as an introductory tour of your local open air market for open source GIS. If anyone has any ideas to contribute, please send me an email!

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