Crazy Ideas Create Crazy Solutions
Many moons ago, a few days after the ESRI UK User Conference I was chatting with @ElliotHartley about Open Source GIS systems and he mentioned that what the GIS community could really do with is some kind of comparison spreadsheet.
My first thought was that it would be a 2 minute job, surely somewhere there would be a spreadsheet comparing AT LEAST ArcGIS to a few other packages like Grass or QGIS right?….WRONG!! Try it yourself, this brought out the competitive nature in me and I started to build…..
Here is the Goods…with conditions
Through hours of trawling, I found a spreadsheet which was 2 or 3 years old and had most of the well known packages mentioned within it, here is the original, if anyone knows who the source is, it would be great to combine efforts. I updated the document as best I could and added formatting to show more relevant information to the expected audience to highlight pros, cons, open source & proprietary software.
Now I need your help!!
I would love for this matrix to become a useful resource for the GIS Beginner or a reference for the developer looking to extend the software tool set, to do this it would be great to receive some updates to the spreadsheet!
If you have any updates, such as another GIS which is missing off the list OR information about updated versions of the software I have listed OR if any of the information is incorrect, please let me know, take a copy of the spreadsheet, update it and send it back to me, I’ll make sure you are credited on the sheet.
Provided I get the feedback, I can see merit in ranking the software based on functionality and possibly even extending this further to rating based on the user type (Software suited to cartography, spatial analysis, 3D analysis, maritime analysis etc).
August 8th 2013
Thank you for the overwhelming response so far and suggestions on how to get the geo-community helping out even more. Following your kind words I have uploaded the GIS Software Matrix to Google Docs as a shared doc where it should be possible to go in and edit/update & even add information.
Lets build something that can really help the GIS community in getting the right software for the task in hand.
August 13th 2013
The kind people over at Manifold GIS have kindly added their software and it looks very competitive, lets keep the enthusiasm and add any other software to build a definitive list!!