Monthly Archives: November 2015
You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to map the world.
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
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.
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.
2. 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.
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 (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 (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/
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/.
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/.
Assistant Professor of Medical Geography
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.
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.
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
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.
Submit letter of application, curriculum vita, contact information for three (3) references, and samples of recent publications. Closing date: January 5, 2016.
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Check out the links below for 10 very useful websites for downloading GIS data free of charge: