M.Sc. GIS Links

M.Sc. GIS Links

Probably the easiest way to find information on a given topic is to use a good search engine such as Google. However, navigating your way through a large number of ‘hits’ may require practice. This page consequently contains links to some of the sites which are of particular interest to GIS. The links are grouped into categories for easier navigation. These links will open in a new tab or browser window. To return to this page close the new browser window or tab and click the button on the taskbar for the current browser.

The page is shared between several sites, so not all of the links will necessarily be relevant to any particular module.

Please report any broken links or suggestions for additional links to Dennis Pringle.

Main Sections

Click one of the following links to go directly to a particular section:

  • GIS Organisations. GIS organisations.
  • Standards Organisations. Organisations that specify standards.
  • National Mapping Agencies. National mapping agencies.
  • Data Vendors. Vendors of maps, imagery or data.
  • Software Companies. GIS software companies.
  • Resources. Resources for GIS.
  • On-Line Maps. On-line maps etc.
  • Free Data Sources. Free spatial and attribute data.
  • Open Source Software. Open Source / Free GIS Software.
  • Other Miscellaneous Sites. Interesting sites not listed above.
  • GIS Organisations

    Standards Organisations

    National Mapping Agencies etc.

    • Central Statistics Office. Large site with lots of statistical information, some of which could be mapped. Updated frequently, so worth regular visits. Takes a bit of practice to find your way around.
    • Eurogeographics. Umbrella organisation for European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies.
    • GeoHub NI. The realisation of the GI strategy for Northern Ireland.
    • Geological Survey of Ireland. Geological Survey of Ireland homepage.
    • OSI. Ordnance Survey Ireland.
    • OSI: Historic Maps. 19th cenury OS maps. (N.B. You may not be able to download using this link. If you need to download enter via the NUIM Library website – search for Historical Mapping Archive in the A-Z Databases and eBooks).
    • OSI (Irish Times). Irish Times supplement on Ordnance Survey Ireland.
    • OSNI / LPS. Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (now part of Land and Property Services)
    • OSGB. Ordnance Survey of Great Britain.
    • US Census Bureau. US Census Bureau.
    • US Census Bureau Bpundary Files. Downloadable boundary files.
    • USGS. US Geological Survey. Home page for the US national mapping agency.
    • USGS Geography Information. One of four disciplinary branches in USGS. Site provides access to maps, geopspatial data and lots more.

    Vendors of Maps, Imagery, or Data

    • Doxiadis Geoimaging. Satellite imagery of European cities, etc.
    • Earth Explorer. USGS site with all sorts of satellite and mapping data. Prices reasonable – would appear to be a handling charge.
    • Edina. UK resources for education and research.
    • ESRI Data. Guide to data available from ESRI.
    • GeoCommunity Data Store. Large collection of US and International data for sale.
    • GeoScape. Vendor of maps and data from around the world.
    • Getmapping UK. UK maps and imagery.
    • Global Gazeteer. Gazeteer with 4.7 million places produced by ALLM GeoData.
    • Irish Townland Maps. Site for purchase of historic Irish townland maps.
    • Landmap Project. Downloadable satellite data for UK and elsewhere for registered institutions. Contains some free data.
    • Maps.com. Massive collection of maps for purchase, plus other resources (e.g. direction finding).
    • Omni Resources. Paper maps for sale, including Ireland.
    • OSI Smartmaps. Site for purchase of OSI data.
    • Topozone. Portal to US topographic, imagery and street maps. Subscription charge.
    • USGS EROS Data Center. Portal to USGS data.

    GIS Software Companies

    GIS Resources

    On-Line Maps etc.

    Web Maps

    • Bing Maps. Formerly Multimaps. Part of the Microsoft search engine suite. Incorporates Virtual Earth – the Microsoft equivalent og Google Earth.
    • Google Earth. Explore the earth. Maps, photos, anything else people care to upload. (Requires download to run, but free).
    • Google Maps. Maps and satellite imagery. The leading map source for mashups.
    • Map Point. Microsoft site to search for places, addresses. Many countries, but not Ireland.
    • Mapquest UK. Maps and driving directions for UK and other countries. Patchy on Ireland.
    • National Geographic. Maps, satellite images, etc.
    • Street Map. Provides maps of streets in the UK.
    • World Wind (NASA). Java SDK for NASA equivalent of Google Earth. Can embed maps in your own web pages..
    • Yahoo Maps. Address finder / directions with satellite imagery.Atlases
    • Atlas of Canada. Atlas of Canada.
    • Atlas of Hawaii. Atlas of Hawaii built using Chameleon and Map Server.
    • Digital Atlas of New York City. Digital atlas by William A. Bowen.
    • US National Atlas. US atlas produced by the Department of the Interior.
    • US National Map. Atlas of the US produced by the USGS.
    • WorldAtlas.com. On-line atlas of the world.Historic Maps
    • 1421/1434. Maps in the support site for the controversial books 1421 and 1434 by Galvin Menzies that argue that the Chinese circumnavigated and mapped the world in 1421 and subsequently helped trigger the European Renaissance in 1434. Contains some old manuscript maps (both Chinese and European) that pre-date the European voyages of discovery.
    • David Rumsey. Thousands of rare/antique maps.
    • Perry Castenada Library. On-line maps from around the world. Some historical.Examples Of Mashups, etc.
    • ArcGIS Server Sites. ESRI portal to sites powered by ArcGIS Server.
    • EEMaps. Chinese site based on Google Maps. (N.B. Google Translate does a good job of translating the page into English if your Chinese is a bit rusty.)
    • Google Maps Mania. Blog site tracking sites influenced by Google Maps.
    • HealthMap. Global disease alert map.
    • Map Tube. UCL-based collection of interesting mashups.
    • Programmable Web. Massive collection of classified links to mashups.Projects Using Mashups, etc.
    • OpenStreetMap. Free editable map of the world.
    • PlaceOpedia. Uses Google Maps to locate articles in Wikipedia.
    • WikiMapia. Wiki project to describe the world world.

    Free Data Sources


    Open Source/Free GIS Software


    • FreeGIS.org. Portal for free GIS software.
    • GeoCommunity Software. Free GIS and CAD software from GeoCommunity.
    • MapTools.org. Portal to many very useful mapping and GIS resources.
    • Open Source Geospatial Foundation. Non-profit foundation whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. Provides links to major projects.
    • Open Source GIS. Project attempting to provide a complete index of all Open Source and Free GIS projects.
    • RemoteSensing.org. Catalogue of open source Remote Sensing and GIS projects.GIS Applications / Projects / Tools:
    • ArcExplorer. Free GIS data viewer developed by ESRI.
    • Cartoweb. Comprehensive ready to use web GIS for Windows and Unix based on MapServer.
    • Christine-GIS. Free GIS system, with strong similarities to ArcView.
    • FMaps. Open source GIS/RS application built on a Linux / Gnome platform.
    • FWTools. Collection of Open Source GIS binaries for Windows and Linux produced by Frank Warmerdam. Includes OpenEV and MapServer.
    • GDAL/OGR. Geospatial Data Abstraction Library. Library of data conversion tools maintained by Frank Warmerdam.
    • GeoServer. Map server built using GeoTools. Can publish data as maps/images (using WMS) or as actual data (using WFS-T).
    • GeoTools. Open source Java GIS toolkit.
    • Google Map Creator. Open source software by UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) to allow users to incorporate shapefiles into Google Maps.
    • GRASS. Free but full featured GIS software system. Open source GIS leader.
    • ILWIS (ITC). Original home of Dutch remote sensing and GIS software system.
    • ILWIS (52North). Current home for ILWIS.
    • ILWIS (Users’ Website). User website for ILWIS.
    • MapBender. German viewer with capability for adding flags.
    • MapBuilder. MapBuilder is a web mapping client which allows you to display interactive maps from many sources on your web pages.
    • MapGuide Open Source. MapGuide Open Source is a web-based platform that enables users to quickly develop and deploy web mapping applications and geospatial web services. Originally developed by Autodesk.
    • MapMaker. Commercial product, but provides a trimmed down free version called Gratis.
    • Ominiverdi. Downloadable image for live Linux CD containing some of the more popular open source GIS applications.
    • OpenEV. A viewer for viewing and analysing geospatial data plus a developer library for new applications.
    • OpenMap. Open source JavaBeans programmers toolkit by BBN Technologies.
    • OSSIM. OSSIM is a high performance software system for remote sensing, image processing, geographical information systems and photogrammetry.
    • PCRaster. Environmental Modelling language produced by University of Utrecht.
    • Perl for Geoinformatics. Site explaining how the Perl programming language may be used for geoinformatics.
    • Quantum GIS. Quantum GIS (QGIS) User-friendly open source GIS that runs on all the main platforms.
    • Refractions. Product development company with a number of useful products, including PostGIS (spatially enables the PostgreSQL database), uDig (viewer), TerrainServer (adds third dimension to ArcIMS) and Arc3WMS (ArcView 3 extension that provides access to data sets stored on a Web Map Server).
    • SAGA GIS. System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses. Open source hybrid GIS with numerous modules.
    • Spring. Georeferenced Information Processing System produced by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.
    • Thuban. Interactive data viewer. German. Written in Python.
    • uDig. Open source desktop GIS written in Java.
    • UMN MapServer. Open source development environment for building spatially-enabled internet applications. Key component in many web-based GIS systems. Renders spatial data for the web. Developed by University of Minnesota.Statistics:
    • AI-GeoStats. Resource site for Geostatistics and Spatial Statistics. Includes sample data and software downloads.
    • BUGS Project. Free statistical software for Bayesian analysis (Bayesian inference Using Gibbs Sampling), including an extension called GeoBUGS for spatial analysis. A knowledge of Bayesian statistics is essential. Superseded by OpenBUGS – see below.
    • EpiGRASS. Software to simulate disease diffusion through network. Written in Python. Linux only.
    • First Bayes. Program to aid teaching/learning Bayesian statistics.
    • Gary King Software. Large collection of software. EI and EZI for ecological correlation catch the eye.
    • GeoDA. Spatial data analysis program produced in the University of Illinois. Includes spatial autocorrelation, spatial regression, cartograms, etc.
    • OpenBUGS. Open source development of BUGS.
    • R. R is an open source equivalent to S. The homepage provides links and general information about the R project.
    • R Downloads. The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) – a network of ftp and web servers around the world that store identical, up-to-date, versions of code and documentation for R for downloading.
    • R-Spatial. Guide to R spatial packages and projects. There are functions for point pattern analysis, geostatistics, disease mapping and ecological analysis. This link is to an information page. Follow the links for the downloads.
    • SaTScan. Software for evaluating disease clusters developed by Martin Kulldorf for the National Cancer Institute. Site contains some sample data.Cartograms:
    • Cartogram Central. USGS/NCGIA site for cartograms. Includes examples and downloadable software.
    • Cartograms – 91Nord. Swiss company. Site includes a good introdcution to some of the major cartogram algorithms with links to software.
    • Cartograms – Our Inhabited Space. Cartogram site by Laboratoire Choros in Switzerland. Includes CartogramApp application.
    • Gastner and Newman Cartogram. Code for Gastner and Newman diffusion-based cartogram.

    Other Miscellaneous Sites

    • AGI GIS Dictionary. Dictionary to GIS terms developed by the Association for Geographic Information.
    • Carto:Net. Multi-language site with some English papers for cartographers. Big on SVG (scalable vector graphics).
    • Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD). Organisation which aims at sharing significant progress in visualising people’s spatial knowledge (cognitive maps) and in providing communities with an added stake in tailoring and owning conservation and development initiatives.
    • GeoPlace.com. Site providing news on GIS developments.
    • GIS FAQ. Frequently asked GIS questions compiled by US Census Bureau.
    • MP2K Magazine. Newsletter for Microsoft MapPoint users.
    • Pycnophylactic Reallocation. Sound track of talk by Waldo Tobler on pycnophylactic reallocation.
    • Tissot Indicatrix. Interesting visualisation of the distortions in various map projections.
    • Voronoi Diagrams. Nice Java applet to demonstrate Voronoi Disgrams / Thiessen Polygons / Delaunay Triangles (N.B. Scroll down to see instructions).

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