Geospatial Data

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HEURIST ( is an extremely flexible, end-user oriented, web-based data management system designed specifically for Humanities data. Developed since 2005, it has been in active use across many projects since 2009. It is available both as a free web service for researchers (hosted at the University of Sydney Data Centre) or for installation on a physical or virtual server (Open Source on gitHub).

Researchers can design, create, manage, analyse, visualise and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without the need for a programmer(s). Quite complex databases can be built in a few hours by borrowing structures and vocabularies published by other users. Databases can be designed and built incrementally, as existing data are not affected by changes in structure. Databases created by Heurist are stored in MySQL with a repeatable structure facilitating independant access by other software.

Advanced features include record linking, graph structure, drill-down facet searches, rule-based queries, custom reports, linked map-timelines, network visualisation, normalised spreadsheet import, crosstabulation, XML feeds, XSLT transforms. The team provides initial email and skype assistance for project setup at no cost, and special customisations at modest cost.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 26 May 2018

Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) is a translator library for vector and raster geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial data authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, video, and on cartographic quality map compositions. It is primarily designed for geospatial raster data processing and the creation of digital images for mapping use in GIS or CAD software.


  • Image Analysis, Remote Sensing
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

RivEX is a GIS tool designed to process vector river networks. It enables the user to undertake a range of tasks associated with the spatial analysis of river networks, including checking the network for topological errors, converting a network to a measured network and generating regular or random sampling points across the network.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ZeeMaps quickly maps point data on Google base maps in two ways:
1) The user uploads a .csv file of data points and their locations.
2) A group of users all add their own data location points to the map, on their own time from their own devices.

Each point can include text, video, image, or audio annotations.

Basic functionality is free; larger uploads and large numbers of maps require a paid subscription.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use tool for creating maps from GPS data, driving routes, street addresses or co-ordinates.

Data is uploaded into the utility and displayed in a format specified by the user. A wide range of data formats may be uploaded into the tool, including .GPX, .KML and .CSV files. Some of the formats in which GPS Visualiser displays the data include Google Maps, Google Earth, SVG drawings, elevation profiles, image files, plain text files or GPX files.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

Code license: GNU LGPL
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Now called TerraSurveyor, it is a software application for the transfer, assembly and enhancement of geophysical data obtained from gradiometers, resistivity meters and other monitoring instruments. With support for Geoplot, GSSI Profiler, Surfer (ASCII & binary) and Scintrex input formats

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

GRASS GIS is free and open source software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 11 Dec 2016

The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset supporting temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of datasets at the micro (individual), meso (local), and macro (global) levels. Users of the tool can:

  • Access science datasets online or load their own
  • Perform different types of analysis with the most effective algorithms available
  • Use different visualizations to interactively explore and understand specific datasets
  • Share datasets and algorithms across scientific boundaries
Code license: Open source
Last updated: 1 Jun 2017

Visualizes a series of events across both time and space. Allows researcher to create of an interactive timeline and map that are linked together. Users of the timeline can press "play" to watch the timeline scroll forward and the map zoom from place to place as they highlight each event (and the researcher's attached images and text) in turn. Users can also pause the progress of history, move forward or back at their own pace, and zoom in or out of either the map or timeline to examine areas of interest.

Compare to: StoryMap JS, MapStory, Odyssey.js

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2016

nodegoat is a web-based data management, analysis & visualisation environment.

Using nodegoat, you can define, create, update, query, and manage any number of datasets by use of a graphic user interface. Your custom data model autoconfigures the backbone of notegoat's core functionalities.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 17 Aug 2015

ORBIS is an "interactive scholarly work" that allows a user to determine the cost, time, and distance of various land, sea, and river routes among hundreds of sites in the ancient world, at various times of day and in various seasons. The work can be (and has been) used as a tool to study questions in various fields of study about antiquity, including trade and social interaction.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 5 Aug 2015

Kartograph is a pair of free and open source libraries for representing data with a spatial component on webpages or in print. The first library,, is a Python library that builds lightweight vector graphic maps from either shapefiles or PostGIS tables. These graphics files can be styled either using a cascading style sheet during creation or later on the second library, Kartograph.js. The vector files can also be edited and enhanced in a vector graphics program like Adobe Illustrator.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3, GNU LGPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015
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