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3 Open Source Alternatives to ArcGIS Desktop

Looking to create a great looking map or perform analysis on geospatial data? Look no further than these open source desktop GIS tools. If you've ever worked with geographic data on the desktop, chances are that you used Esri's ArcGIS application in at least part of your work. ArcGIS is an...
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A History of Open Source GIS, from Humble Beginnings to World-Changing Applications

The advent of digital mapping and geospatial information systems (GIS) has completely changed the way humans think about and interact with the world around them. The concept of overlapping discrete layers of location information for decision-making was first introduced by Ian McHarg, a landscape...
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A Comparison of Mapping Approaches for Distributed Cloud Applications

One of the most fundamental challenges of monitoring modern cloud applications is the ability to see all the components and their dependencies. The lack of visibility is a critical problem that is worsening as the instance lifespan reduces, components span private and public clouds, and external...
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Google Open-Sources Cartographer 3D Mapping Library

Google today said that it’s open-sourced Cartographer, a library for mapping movement in space in both 2D and 3D. the technology works with the open source Robot Operating System (ROS), which makes the software easier to deploy in software systems for robots, self-driving cars, and drones....
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