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Sample polygon extraction results from a section of an insurance map.

Automating Extracting GIS Data from Scanned Maps

The New York Public Library Labs (NYPL Labs) has posted on Github the code to its open source map-vectorizer project.  NYPL Lab’s map-vectorizer project is seeking to automate (“like OCR for maps”) the process of extracting polygon and attribute information from old scanned maps.  The code was developed with the purpose […]

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Weave – Open Source Data Visualization

Weave – Open Source Data Visualization

Weave is an open source offering from the Open Indicators Consortium.  OIC is a collaboration with the Institute for Visualization and Perception Research (IVPR) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and counts membership from a range of local, regional, state, and federal government agencies and nonprofits. Weave takes its name from the software description: […]

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TileMill Now for Windows.TileMill Now for Windows.

TileMill: Open Source Mapping Now for Windows

TileMill can now be used natively in Windows with the latest release.  The release of TileMill 0.9.0 also includes a new plugin system: “TileMill UI can now be extended and modified using standalone, JavaScript plugins.”  The new release also includes many fixes and updates including shipping with a desktop app client instead of requiring a […]

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Fabric Engine: 3D LiDAR Rendering Via Web Browsers

Fabric Engine: 3D LiDAR Rendering Via Web Browsers

Fabric Engine enables developers to create compute-intensive web applications with comparable performance to native, multi-threaded applications. Fabric Engine achieves this by tapping into all of the processing power of the user’s computer – something that normal web-based applications cannot do.  For the GIS market, this means that any web programmer […]

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Making Maps with R

Making Maps with R

R language is a commonly used programming language and open source software that can be utilized by statisticians for statistical and data analysis.  Licensed under GNU, R can be downloaded and installed on Linux, MacOS, and Windows platforms.  More about what R is here. R can also be used for […]

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WhatWasThere – Augmented Reality

WhatWasThere – Augmented Reality

WhatWasThere is an augmented reality application that features a growing online database of geolocated historical photos.  You can search for photos nearby a location or upload and geotag your own historical photos.  The database is in its early stages, there are over 10,000 photos covering the United States and a few […]

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GIS Software Resources

GIS Software Resources

GIS Software Packages Summary of commercial GIS software currently on the market. Find out about the commercial applications available for all operating systems. Open Source GIS and Freeware GIS Applications Learn about what open source GIS applications are available. What is the GeoCloud? A new term is emerging to describe […]