GIS Software

Information about GIS software and applications including both commercial and open source GIS applications. This category covers desktop GIS (Esri’s ArcGIS suite, MapInfo, QGIS, and GRASS) as well as web mapping, GIS apps, mobile GIS, and component GIS.

Screenshot showing a project in QGIS with a grayscale digital elevation model and an elevation profile.

Creating Elevation Cross-Section Profiles with QGIS

Jeff Oppong

Learn to create elevation cross-sections in QGIS with the Profile Tool plugin and SRTM elevation data.

Screenshot of a map in QGIS showing 5, 10, and 15 minute drive times and a matrix in a spreadsheet showing shortest versus fastest distances between three points.

Using QGIS to Create Isochrone Maps and Identify Shortest, Fastest Routes

Jeff Oppong

Learn how to use QGIS, OpenStreetMap, and the ORS plugin to find shortest and fastest routes and to create 10 and 15-minute isochrone maps.

Screenshot from Business Analyst showing a color coded map for beer consumption among seniors in Boone County, Iowa.

Getting Started with the ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App

Jeff Oppong

This GIS tutorial provides a brief introduction to using the ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App.

An oblique image of 3D buildings in purple on top of a green base layer.

Mapping Buildings in 2.5D Using ArcGIS Pro

Jeff Oppong

Learn how to find and use building footprint data from OpenStreetMap to create a 2.5D map in ArcGIS Pro.

Growth of GIS job listings with the term open source.

Five Reasons to Start Using QGIS

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are five compelling reasons to start using the open-source GIS platform QGIS, a free and open source software.

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