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*Free and Open Source Software For Geospatial

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo Foundation, OSGeo) has been created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The Foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects. The OSGeo website serves as a portal for users and developers of Open Source Geospatial Programmes to share their ideas and contribute to project development.

The website publishes a journal that contains case studies, news, tutorials, project updates and more. With the main aim at promoting, highlighting and educating readers about open source geospatial applications in general, but it also provides updates on OSGeo projects.

source: OSGeo Foundation


GPS Information is a very sufficient source of information about the latest GPS equipment, hardware and sofware. Its main aim isto prowide up to date i formation about GPS as well as to function as the contact platform for GPS users. Thanks to its forum site, one can take part in a discussion, exchange experience and knowledge or find information and help with GPS related issues.

source:  GPS Information


GeoNetwork opensource is a standards based, Free and Open Source catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources through the web. It provides powerful metadata editing and search functions as well as an embedded interactive web map viewer. This website contains information related to the use of the software. It is a community website supporting GIS users and providing tutorials, latest reference manuals, step by step instructions and know how’s.

source: Geonetwork 


The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system called DEBIAN.  It was created because what people nowadays want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents to running a business to playing games to writing more software. Debian comes with over 18733 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on the computer). On this website you will find information about the latest available packages, news, updates, bug reports as well as contact to the project coordinators.

source:  Debian Project


NCAR Graphics is a website created for the support of NCAR users – a tool used for scientific data analysis and visualization. NCAR contains an extensive set of graphics routines, applications, programms, map databases for the presentation of scientific data.


source: NCAR Graphics




The Open Geospatial Consortium is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization comprising of 349 companies, government agencies and universities that is leading the development of standards for publicly available geospatial and location based services.
It manages a global consensus process that results in approved interface and encoding specifications that enable interoperability among and between diverse geospatial data stores, services, and applications. The website provides wide information on the organizations activities.


source: The Open Geospatial Consortium




Open Source GIS - the aim of this website was to build a complete index of Open Source / Free GIS related software projects. The page is being constantly updated and new projects are added but even now the list is quite impressive and it serves as a good source of information with links to different projects.

source: Open Source GIS


Maptools is a resource for users and developers in the open source mapping community, and a home to many open source projects. The projects that are hosted here offer essential services including: latest downloads, CVS repositories for source code, bug lists, community mailing lists, and project documentation.

source: Maptools


 The FreeGIS Project concentrates on two services: the webpage which offers software overview on Free Geographic Information Systems, summarizes data and documents with additional information and search opportunities and a community discussion forum that acts as a platform for communication on developments, plans, infos on Free GIS Software and Free Geo-Data.

source: The FreeGIS Project


Wiki Ubuntu is a place for the Ubuntu community to discuss ideas and store team-related information. Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that works on laptops, desktops and servers. This page has all the information you need to know about this project as well as how you can get involved in it.

 source: Wiki Ubuntu


The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is an initiative within University College London to develop emerging computer technologies in several disciplines which deal with geography, space, location, and the built environment. As an interdisciplinary research centre expertise is drawn from archaeology, architecture, cartography, computer science, environmental science, geography, planning, remote sensing, geomatic engineering, and transport studies. On this web page you will find interesting software for download and the publication section is also very handy.

source: CASA



GIS Development is a Global Geospatial Communication Network in Geographic Information Science, Technology and Applications and aims to generate, evaluate and disseminate geospatial knowledge to all stakeholders through education, training, research, consultancy and media services
Its website is a wide directory for information on GIS development, publications, careers in the sector, policy, technology and many more.

source: GIS Development


Directions Magazine publishes weekly newsletters about geographic information systems, global positioning systems, desktop mapping, cartography, computer-aided design, remote sensing, web services, and more. You can browse articles, find resources, shop for books, advertise and sing up for a conference.

source: Directions Magazine


iEMSs (International Environmental Modelling and Software Society) is a non-profit organization uniting private persons and organizations dealing with environmental modeling, software and related topics. The aims of the iEMSs are to: develop and use environmental modeling and software tools to advance the science and improve decision making with respect to resource and environmental issues. To promote contacts among physical, social and natural scientists, economists and software developers from different countries and coordinate their activities, exchange information in the field of environmental modeling and software among scientific and educational organizations and private enterprises, as well as non-governmental organizations and governmental bodies.

source: iEMSs

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