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GIS at The University of Vermont

ArcGIS alternatives

ESRI is to GIS as Microsoft is to operating systems, but there are alternatives for Desktop GIS.  Unlike ArcGIS, some of the alternatives run on other platforms (Mac, Linux....).  As ArcGIS is "free" for UVM affiliates, we do not see other GIS applications in use very much at UVM.  Exceptions to this observation are Google Earth and other so-called globe viewers, which have broad public appeal for map browsing but very limited functionality for spatial analysis.  Let us know if you are using other applications that you like.  Here are some applications that might be of interest:

Wait ....  No need to reinvent the wheel here.  Please take a look at Wikipedia's lengthy list of open source and commercial GIS software applications.... but let us know if there is specific information you would like to see on this page.

Last modified May 09 2008 11:04 AM

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