FW: shrug-l: Open Source and free GIS Course

Ed DiPollina ed at tekconsultants.net
Tue Dec 13 14:31:32 EST 2005


I'd like to add one to your open source GIS list:  

Spring is an Open Source desktop GIS, that we found out is widely used among
users in Brazil.
Our company took part of a mapping project of the Guarani Aquifer, an
extensive groundwater reservoir in South America
The client (the Organization of American States) asked us to also deliver
the final data in Spring format, given its acceptance among brazilian users.
We are also working with MapServer, so please let me know if you need any
input on that.
I hope this helps, please include me in your open source GIS list.



Ed Di Pollina, M.Sc.
ed at tekconsultants.net
"Integrating Technologies, Building Solutions"
500 N Westshore Blvd. Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33609
Tel: 1(800)848-7218 x244
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From: shrug-l-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:shrug-l-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of
watry at steam.coaps.fsu.edu
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:11 AM
To: shrug-l at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: shrug-l: Open Source and free GIS Course

Back in July/August I asked for input on Software that runs across
platforms, This has grown into a web course on open-source and free gis
Desktop/web software.

I will start working with the Grad students in January. If you are
interested in learning a little about the open source world, I will add you
to the e-mail list for this course. Here is what went to the grad students

Good Morning

I am putting together a course that will start in January and will be taught
on-line at your own pace. If interested, let me know via e-mail and I will
add you to the mail list.

All the data used in the lessons will be from the National Atlas and all the
software will be open source and available for down-load over the internet.

If you are a grad student and leaving at the end of this semester and desire
to take this, all you have to do is to keep a current e-mail address on file
with me.

The purpose of this course is not to teach a commercial software package
such as ESRI ArcGis, Autodesk Map, or Bentley Microstation. Nor is it
intended to teach you the skills needed to get a job as a GIS Technician.
The concept is to expose you to the concepts of GIS in an affordable format.
The concepts and theory for the use of GIS is the same regardless if you are
using a commercial or open source software. 
The idea of this series of lectures is two fold: the first is to expose you
to the world of GIS, and second to introduce you to several software
packages that you could access to if you had a need for a quick map or chart
for a presentation or as part of a research project.

Several of the software packages I want to explore include

AccuGlobe - The AccuGlobe 2004 software product series was created to be a
flexible and extensible base for the global GIS community. This scalable
software is the core engine behind many of DDTI?s advanced spatial software
products. The casual user, with limited GIS knowledge and expertise in GIS,
can use a freely downloadable version in developing, editing, and viewing
GIS data. AccuGlobe 2004 is an easy-to-use tool to modify and analyze GIS
data without having to pay expensive license fees.

SAGA - SAGA is a free geographic information system (GIS), with a special
'Application Programming Interface' (API) for geographic data processing.
This API makes it easy to implement new algorithms. The SAGA API supports
grid data, vector data, and tables.

DIVA - DIVA-GIS is a free mapping program, sometimes called geographic
information system (GIS),that can be used for many different purposes. 
It is particularly useful for mapping and analyzing biodiversity data, such
as the distribution of species, or other 'point-distributions'.  
With DIVA-GIS you can:  1.Make maps of the world or of a very small place,
integrating, for example, state boundaries, rivers, a satellite image, and
the locations of sites where an animal species was observed. 
2. Make grid maps of the distribution of biological diversity, to identify
?hotspots? and areas that have complementary levels of diversity. 3. Map and
query climate data. Predict species distributions using the BIOCLIM or
DOMAIN models. Create ESRI shapefiles, import and export grid data, and much
more! uDig - The User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is both a
GeoSpatial application and a platform through which developers can create
new, derived applications. uDig is a core element in an internet aware
Geographic Information System.

Quantum GIS - Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic
Information System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows.
QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is licensed under
the GNU Public License. Some of the major features
include: 1. Support for spatially enabled PostGIS tables  2. Support for
shapefiles, ArcInfo coverages, Mapinfo, and other formats supported by OGR
3.Raster support for a large number of formats 4. Identify features 5.
Display attribute tables 6. Select features 7.  GRASS Digitizing 8. Feature
labeling fGIS - Forestry GIS (fGIS?) is a compact but robust shapefile
editing program, digitizer and GIS data query tool for WindowsR. fGIS was
designed for natural resource managers who are not GIS specialists. It?s
easy-to-use and simple to install. Many power users also like fGIS because
they can run it on laptops or home computers without copyright issues, it
produces data compatible with commercial GIS programs, and fGIS was free.

TNTmips Lite - The TNT products support fully integrated GIS, image
processing, CAD, TIN, desktop cartography, and geospatial database
management. With TNT, you edit, display, and present project materials in
raster, vector, CAD, relational database, and TIN formats.The TNT products
are available for the computer or network you already own: 
Windows, LINUX/Unix, or Macintosh.  The TNT products work exactly the same
on all three platforms. The unique meta-technology provides an identical
interface and cross-platform data format no matter what mix of computers you
use.  Geospatial analysis is a growing, complex science. MicroImages can
help you learn the basics.  They provide TNTlite, a free version of the
professional TNT products.  They also provide a series of free tutorial
booklets. In the fall, I plan to take a look at two software suites:
Mapserver by the University of Minnesota
- MapServer is an Open Source development environment for building
spatially-enabled internet applications. MapServer is not a full-featured
GIS system, nor does it aspire to be. Instead, MapServer excels at rendering
spatial data (maps, images, and vector data) for the web. Beyond browsing
GIS data, MapServer allows you create "geographic image maps", that is, maps
that can direct users to content. For example, the Minnesota DNR Recreation
Compass provides users with more than 10,000 web pages, reports and maps via
a single application. The same application serves as a "map engine" for
other portions of the site, providing spatial context were needed. MapServer
was originally developed by the University of Minnesota (UMN) ForNet project
in cooperation with NASA and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
(MNDNR). Presently, the MapServer project is hosted by the TerraSIP project,
a NASA sponsored project between the UMN and consortium of land management

Here we will build a full functional open source map site.


GRASS - this is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial
data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production,
spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and
commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental
agencies and environmental consulting companies. GRASS GIS is free and runs
on the following platforms: 
Linux, Sun Solaris, Solaris x86, Solaris SPARC, SGI Irix, HP-UX, DEC-Alpha,
PowerPC, MacOS X (Darwin), IBM AIX, BSD-Unix, FreeBSD, CRAY/Unicos and other
UNIX compliant platforms (32/64bit), additionally Windows NT/Cygnus.

Other open source software packages may be added as well.


Gary L. Watry

GIS Coordinator
Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies FSU / COAPS Johnson
Building, RM 215
2035 East Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2840

E-Mail: watry at coaps.fsu.edu


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