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Open Source GIS: The Alternative Set of Geospatial Solutions


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2:00 PM FAU Downtown Ft. Lauderdale HEC 1110

Many speak of a ‘spatial turn’ in sciences external to geography, as GIS plays a significant role for the analysis and visualization of many social, economic and environmental phenomena. This, combined with the increasing number of easy to use location based services has demystified the use of GIS. Many of the available proprietary software products are however still expensive and cannot be readily used, particularly in situations where funding is limited. The talk addresses the use of free and open source products (FOSS) as an inexpensive alternative to proprietary GIS software. Major free and open source products which are available will be demonstrated and explained with their advantages and disadvantages. Particular attention will be paid on examples of the use of FOSS in planning and environmental protection.

Software products which will be covered:

• Quantum GIS


• Mapserver

• pMapper

• PostgreSQL/PostGIS

• Geoserver

Dr. Alexander Kotsev ( is Assistant Professor in GIS at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria), who is currently Fulbright senior scholar at the Ohio State University. Dr. Kotsev has been implementing desktop and web based open source GIS products for multiple purposes in Europe for the past 10 years.


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Name: tremmel

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