Open source software in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development

I offer to express our gratitude to the community of open source software for the creation, improvement and promotion of open source software that allows to the wide range of people to use advanced information technology in their work, daily activities and scientific research, free and absolutely legal, without severe restrictions of proprietary software. Open source software provides greater freedom in developing new technologies and improving existing ones. And if a few years ago open source software sometimes significantly conceded to proprietary software in functionality. And it was difficult to learn and use - required extensive special knowledge and experience, but now, open source software is comparable in functionality and often it is very easy to install, use or modification.
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Open source software can be installed without any restrictions, used, modified, distributed in all scientific, educational institutions, offices, personal computers, in all government and commercial organizations and institutions, according to the General Public License GNU (GPL) and BSD and others.
Taking into account this all, I believe that in scientific research it is often more effective to use open source software.
I suppose that it is easier to build and complete open source software for the needs of the scientific organization and individual researchers, rather than to wait for the owners of proprietary software to offer necessary additional applications. This agrees well with an open scientific process of software development and problem solving, where the speed is important in implementing solutions and the ability to fix something instantly.
In the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development, there are two powerful centers of attraction of Open source software for GIS:
The first center is OSGeo (Open Source Geospatial Foundation) - uncommercial foundation, patronizing the development of open source software for geographic information systems (GIS).
The official mission of the fund is to support the development of open source software for GIS and promote its widespread use.
The second center is Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC, Open Geospatial Consortium) earlier called the OpenGIS Consortium (OpenGIS Consortium).
It is an uncommercial organization created by leading developers of software and hardware in the field of geoinformatics and remote sensing. Many competing commercial companies (ESRI, Intergraph, MapInfo, etc.) have joined their forces in order to achieve interoperability of their developments. This compatibility is necessary for the free exchange of geo-information and creation of a standard environment of interaction for GIS software from different vendors. Accordingly, the main task of OGC is the development of technical requirements (specifications) to software systems, ensuring interoperability.
The new actively developing online GIS under the name OpenWebGIS supports and implements the ideology of open source software.
For this project, the following software was selected:
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Currently OpenWebGIS may be still an insufficiently developed and powerful system, and it still requires some improvement, but now, in my opinion, it gives to its users fast and efficient decisions in some challenges faced by them in the field of GIS technology.

Mapping information from Paleobiology and Global Biodiversity databases in OpenWebGIS

This article tells about working with Databases Paleobiology Database (PaleoBioDB) and The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) using an open source Geographic information system OpenWebGIS.
The data selecting from these DBs and mapping the results using OpenWebGIS was discussed in the following articles: "The information tools (data base and GIS) to help paleontologists in their scientific researches", "New feature of OpenWebGIS - mapping data from GBIF, and new Contributor".  From the article "200 million years of the dinosaurs life (sauropods) in a few seconds on the map" the following conclusion can be made, that in OpenWebGIS it is possible not only to visualize on the map data from these databases but also analyze it without using other software.
Currenlly OpenWebGIS team continues to optimize and increase the convenience to users of selecting and mapping this information. Previously only few fields were sampled from the Paleobiology Database, but now all fields are selected.
Please read more information here.

Customizing of OpenWebGIS interface and your own workspace

Working in OpenWebGIS now you can create your own workspace by adding images, videos, texts, websites on the page, changing the color, size and position of the interface blocks. Then you can save your workspace on OpenWebGIS server, in the local storage of your browser or in text file for further use at any time convenient for you. So you will always have at your fingertips in one place the Geographic information system (GIS) and your any additional information from any source in the form of videos, images and websites. This can greatly improve your efficiency.
Earlier in the articles "New and old interface of OpenWebGIS" (January 2015), "Developing the new interface design of OpenWebGIS" (February 2016) and some others it was told about OpenWebGIS interface features and how it can be customized by the user. In this article, we suggest you to consider one more possibility to change the interface and adjust it to your needs. This feature already exists for some time, but it has not been told about it in detail, moreover, it has been redesigned and improved recently.
Now you can working with OpenWebGIS create your own workspace by adding images, videos, texts, websites (in iframe) on the page, changing the color, size and position of the interface blocks.
Please read more about it here

New feature of OpenWebGIS - mapping data from GBIF, and new Contributors

OpenWebGIS team has started developing the new feature. You, our users and contributors inspire us on constant improvement of OpenWebGIS. Thanks to our new contributors info from Canada and ANDREA ANSELMI from Italy. Now you can use selecting and mapping data from The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. «The data accessible through GBIF relate to evidence about more than 1.6 million species, collected over three centuries of natural history exploration and including current observations from citizen scientists, researchers and automated monitoring programmes». Read more about it here

Support OpenWebGIS crowdfunding campaign

OpenWebGIS is an open source online/offline geographic information system for work in web browser or mobile app. Since its foundation (2014), a great number of users have benefited from using this system functions. The site and the blog have been visited tens of thousands of times. Over this time the system was worth mentioning in respectable professional information resources.

Now OpenWebGIS needs funds for a qualitative leap in its development!
This system has been and will always be free and open, but the time has come when your support is needed in the form of financial assistance, in order that the system would continue to exist, evolve and help you in your work and life with new useful features. By means of funding you give thanks for the work on the creation of the existing functions and help in the creation of new ones. Share our plans and be part of the process! Be involved with other users who believe in us and share our vision!
Please support the crowdfunding campaign of OpenWebGIS and repost this information among your friends.
Read more information about crowdfunding campaign and our plans on, and Indiegogo.
Yours sincerely,
OpenWebGIS team.

Creating WiFi map and monitoring access points based on geographic information system (OpenWebGIS)

«Wi-Fi (or WiFi) is a local area wireless computer networking technology that allows electronic devices to connect to the network, mainly using the 2.4 gigahertz (12 cm) UHF and 5 gigahertz (6 cm) SHF ISM radio bands»
In order to use the WiFi access point (or hotspot) it is necessary to know the geographic location of this point and its parameters (properties), for example, such as network name, authentication, key management, and encryption schemes, frequency, signal level, etc.
Already for some time there are public WiFi location databases with this information. There are many applications for access to these databases and applying it on the map. But maybe you want to create for yourself the WiFi map of the place you have visited, or maybe you want to collect and monitor (for example every 5, 10, 30 seconds or a minute, an hour, etc.) parameters of WiFi-points? Do you want to create a map legend, mathematically analyze the information about a detected access point, export this data to popular GIS formats (gml, kml, geoJSON, osm, gpx or csv)? Then use OpenWebGIS version for Android. OpenWebGIS is free & open Geographic information system (GIS).

You can read more about it here

Use maps and sensors in your phone as one tool with the help of OpenWebGIS

Now, many phones, smartphones, tablets and so on (your mobile devices) have accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetic field sensors, light (illumination) sensors, pressure sensors, etc. Data from these sensors is used in various applications for Android (hereinafter, it will be written about the use of sensors in the operating system Android). For different purposes, it may be useful not only to get (detect the parameters changes) the sensor output at any time, but to collect them during a large period of time with the reference to the space (map). For example it will be interesting to measure the illumination of the night streets in your city block, then interpolate these data and mathematically determine places where it is necessary to add a street lamp, or identify places where there is more magnetic field strength. It may be interesting to follow the direction change of your phone in space and in time according to cardinal points or follow your phone rotation angles according to the axes (x, y, z), for example so you can determine the moments when the phone is next to your ear during a call.

You can collect sensor data and refer them to the geographical coordinates in OpenWebGIS. Please read more information about it here