Thursday, April 26, 2007

Reader survey: open source tools

Hi folks,

I'm interested in hearing about what, if any, open source GIS tools are being used by members of the WNC GIS group. It was clear at the NCGIS conference in March that there is a vibrant open source GIS community in the state -- is the same true for our group? If you are using open source tools, please post a reply comment to this posting and let us know what you are using and why.

Neil may think this is a blatant 11th hour attempt to boost my chances for today's book drawing (and okay, so maybe it is), but I really would like to know more about any open source efforts out there....

1 comment:

Josh O'Conner said...

I don't know if you have played around with qGIS at all. I actually prefer it for smaller GIS applications or when digitizing information off of photographs as it is so much less memory intensive than any of the ESRI products. I have been pretty successful with importing and exporting information to and from ArcMap. I am also a pretty big fan of the GPS integration tools.

Oh and it runs great on Linux boxes. I through an install on the FreeSpire version of Linux and it went on easy and ran great.