[UW-GIS-L] Open Source GIS
pwaddell at u.washington.edu
Wed Dec 17 19:31:23 PST 2003
Is anyone else on this list interested in exploring Open Source GIS tools?
I've used ESRI products for a long time (ok, I don't want to admit how
long), and am increasingly attracted to the prospect of a fully Open
Source approach to doing visualization and spatial data management - for a
variety of reasons. I'm concentrating on Java-based tools so far,
since our development efforts in urban and environmental modeling are
implemented in Java. I've been looking mainly at OpenMap
(http://openmap.bbn.com/), and a more recent arrival, JUMP
(http://www.vividsolutions.com/jump/). We also make heavy use of MySQL,
an Open Source database that is quite robust and fast, and which contains
spatial extensions in release 4.1
(http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/Spatial_extensions_in_MySQL.html). These and
other free tools are linked at http://freegis.org.
If any of you are interested in exploring some of these tools and
potentially forming a subset of users who want to work on them, let me
know. Our project, in case you're interested, is at www.urbansim.org.
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