Mark Altaweel discusses the growth and direction of open source GIS tools and software in this opinion piece.
An open source application by definition is software that you can freely access and modify the source code for. Open source projects typically are worked on by a community of volunteer programmers. Open source GIS programs are based on different base programming languages. Three main groups of open source GIS […]
Find resources to web sites about Python scripting to use in GIS. Learn how to use Python to expand your geographic information system. Esri uses Python as its scripting language for ArcGIS and the language can be found in many open source GIS applications. Also see: Learning Programming for GIS for general […]
Relational databases present some limitations to scaling, preventing or limiting the applicability of big data and real-time data problems utilized within GIS. More and more GIS software companies and developers are adopting NoSQL formats where data retrieval is generally faster and easier to structure. NoSQL also facilitates analysis and integration within a variety of tools, which is why open source GIS has proven to be the most useful arena for NoSQL databases.