I wanted to share this interesting little post from Tom MacWright I saw on the use of Python and a few open source libraries for GIS analysis.  The author used libraries like Shapely and Fiona to conduct a simple GIS analysis and map layout.

I am interested in incorporating these libraries into our pipeline to replace the need for the ArcGIS Python API.  Currently, some of our pipeline still uses ArcGIS and it would be convenient for ourselves and the community to move away from that environment when possible.

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Comment by Andrew Daniel Jablonski on November 1, 2012 at 11:14am

This does seem pretty interesting. Having open access GIS software (that's well supported) would certainly be awesome for Ecosynth. However I do worry that going to an all-programming approach for conducting GIS analysis might intimidate a lot of users. GUI's do have a use, even if it adds another layer between the computer and user.

Comment by Jonathan Dandois on November 1, 2012 at 11:20am

Thanks Andrew.  My thought was to use these libraries 'behind-the-scenes' in our processing pipelines to make the program more portable and flexible to others.  I think it is useful to have a GUI like the one we have already developed for the aerial pipeline so that the vast number of steps needed to go from photos to 3D ecological data products is not nearly as daunting as when I first created the process!

Comment by Erle Ellis on November 2, 2012 at 3:25pm

The more that can be done in the "background" the better- but a GUI of some sort will be needed in many stages of geospatial work?  Is there an open-source GUI for some of these GIS functions?


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