Monthly Archives: November 2015

FREE GIS Software for Mapping

Whitebox GAT (Geospatial Analysis Toolbox) is my favorite open source, free GIS software!  Come join the Listserv and follow the Whitebox GAT blog by Dr. John Lindsay.  Happy Geoprocessing!

Source: http://gisgeography.com/free-gis-software/

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to map the world.

With a shoestring budget of 0$, you can do it all with free GIS software.

As you’re about to see, there’s a bucket load of free GIS software packages available with the capability to:

  • Perform hundreds of advanced GIS processing tasks.
  • Generate stunning cartography and mapping products.
  • Manage your company’s geospatial assets efficiently.

The best part is:

These free GIS software mapping options give you enough firepower to get the job done as if you’re working with commercial GIS software.

I personally tested 13 of the top free mapping software packages online.

Read this jam-packed guide to open source GIS:

1. QGIS – Formerly Quantum GIS

QGIS (Quantum GIS)

With striking similarities and even upgrades to ArcGIS in certain areas, QGIS is undoubtedly the #1 free GIS software package.

QGIS is jam-packed with hidden gems at your fingertips. Automate map production, process geospatial data, and generate drool-worthy cartographic figures.

There’s no other free maping software on this list that lets you map like a rock star than QGIS.

QGIS Plugins boost this mapping software into a state of epicness. If the tool doesn’t exist, search for plugin developed by the QGIS community.

Volunteer effort is key to its success. The QGIS Stack Exchangesupport is impressively great.

You’d be insane not to download the free GIS software QGIS.

Read More: 27 Differences Between ArcGIS and QGIS – The Most Epic GIS Software Battle in GIS History

2. Whitebox GAT

WhiteBox GAT

Yes, Whitebox GAT (Geospatial Analysis Toolbox) is #2 on my list of open source, free GIS software.

Unbelievably, Whitebox GAT has only been around since 2009 because it feels so fine-tuned when you see it in action.

There’s a hydrology theme around Whitebox GAT. It actually replaced Terrain Analysis System (TAS) – a tool for hydro-geomorphic applications.

Whitebox GAT is really a full-blown open-access GIS and remote sensing software package.

Where it shines is LIDAR!

With no barriers, Whitebox GAT is the swiss-army knife of LiDAR processing.

The LiDAR toolbox is a life-saver. LAS to shapefile is an insanely useful tool. You may need a Java update to go in full throttle though.

The cartographic mapping software tools are primitive compared to QGIS.

But overall Whitebox GAT is solid with over 410 tools to clip, convert, analyze, manage, buffer and extract geospatial information.

I find it amazing this free GIS software almost goes unheard of in the GIS industry.

Get more useful knowledge from the Whitebox GAT Open Source Blog.

3. GRASS GIS

GRASS GIS Desktop

GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) was developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a tool for land management and environmental planning.

It has evolved into a free GIS software option for different areas of study.

Academia, environment consultants and government agencies (NASA, NOAA, USDA and USGS) use GRASS GIS because of its intuitive GUI and its reliability.

It has over 350 rock-solid vector and raster manipulation tools.

Not awfully useful in cartographic design, GRASS GIS excels primarily as a free GIS software option for analysis, image processing, digital terrain manipulation and statistics.

4. SAGA GIS

SAGA GIS

SAGA GIS (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses) is one of the classics in the world of free GIS software.

It started out primarily for terrain analysis such as hillshading, watershed extraction and visibility analysis.

Now, SAGA GIS is a powerhouse because it delivers a fast growing set of geoscientific methods to the geoscientific community.

Enable multiple windows to lay out all your analysis (map, histograms, scatter plots, attributes, etc). It provides both a user-friendly GUI and API.

It’s not particularly useful in cartography. The lack of scale bars, north arrows symbology and grids are telltale signs of this.

Overall, it’s quick, reliable and accurate. Consider SAGA GIS a prime choice for environmental modeling and other applications.

Read more at http://gisgeography.com/free-gis-software/

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Photos of the GIS Day 2015 at Binghamton University

We had a very successful GIS Day celebration today at Binghamton University! Special thanks to the Keynote speaker Prof. Xinyue Ye, President Harvey Stenger,  and Graduate School Dean Susan Strehle for joining us.  Thanks also go to the GIS Day Planning Committee, faculty, staff, and students at the Department of Geography for their advice, encouragement and support. More information about our GIS Day is available at http://spatial.binghamton.edu/gisday/.

GIS Day Celebration at Binghamton University

The 2015 GIS Day celebration hosted by the Department of Geography at Binghamton University will be held on November 13th.  GIS day will provide students, faculty and the community with the opportunity to explore, share and learn about the application of Geographic Information Science (GIS) to problems that affect the environment and community. Presentations and exhibits will showcase the use of GIS in geography, environmental science, public health, urban planning, archaeology, geology, biology, ecology, sociology, political science, public administration, public safety, community development, and others.

Check out the special website I created for GIS Day at http://spatial.binghamton.edu/gisday/.

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gisday

Assistant Professor of Medical Geography at Binghamton University

Assistant Professor of Medical Geography

Institution:
Location:
Binghamton, NY
Category:
Faculty – Science – Geography
Posted:
11/04/2015
Application Due:
01/05/2016
Type:
Full Time
About Binghamton University:
Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broadly interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation. Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging our students academically, not financially. The result is a unique, best-of-both-worlds college experience.Our academic culture rivals a first-rate private university – rigorous, collaborative and boldly innovative — while our campus culture exemplifies the best kind of public university experience: richly diverse students, active social life and deep engagement with the community.

Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, work one-on-one with an exceptional faculty that includes innovative scientists and groundbreaking scholars. They take advantage of special academic opportunities like combined degrees, foreign language study groups and an unparalleled international education program.

Job Description:
The Binghamton University Department of Geography seeks an Assistant Professor of Geography with a specialty in medical geography to conduct research and teach in the areas of health disparities, or health/health care equity issues, health-seeking behavior, health issues for vulnerable populations, or disease distributions and vulnerable populations beginning September 2016. As increasingly important aspects of health and sustainability, the research and teaching should be within social/human or urban geography subspecialties. The successful candidate will participate with local communities for continued internship placements, student supervision and local project development. Must be able to direct graduate level data-based thesis/research, and to teach in Population, Health and GIS graduate area. Ability to teach successfully a large-enrollment undergraduate course, to teach technical and research skills, develop a research agenda, and to participate as a team member in a busy department are crucial.

Requirements:
Ph. D. in Geography required. Specialty in medical geography; conduct research/teach in geography of health disparities, health equity, health-seeking behavior; social/human/urban geography; ability to direct data-based graduate research; teach large enrollment class; teach technical methods and research skills; use GIS; anticipated sponsored research

Additional Information:
It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Application Instructions:
Submit letter of application, curriculum vita, contact information for three (3) references, and samples of recent publications. Closing date: January 5, 2016.
Please direct any questions to fio@binghamton.edu or nhenry@binghamton.edu.

Link: https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176164358

Ten free GIS data websites

Check out the links below for 10 very useful websites for downloading GIS data free of charge:

Alex Tereshenkov

Programming and managing GIS

REDD+ for the Guiana Shield

Technical Cooperation Project

LidarBlog.com

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton

Writing Science

How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded

GIS In Ecology

Providing Training, Advice And Consultation On The Use Of GIS In Ecology

metrhispanic

On cities, land, ...

GeoAcademy

Open GIS: No Bounds

Scientia Plus Conscientia

Thoughts on Science and Nature

r4hydrology

Learning hydrology with R

Karl Hennermann

GIS at the University of Manchester

GIS and Science

Applications of geospatial technology for scientific research and understanding.

GISblog.com

GIS, Mapping, Remote Sensing, Geodata, Geospatial news

Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools

Open-source GIS development and spatial analysis with Whitebox GAT

TopoToolbox

MATLAB-based software for topographic analysis

Anything Geospatial – AnyGeo

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton

GeospatialPython.com

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton

Another GIS Blog

Dr. Qiusheng Wu @ SUNY Binghamton