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 view of a geotagged photo in QGIS.

Mapping Geotagged Photos in QGIS

Caitlin Dempsey

Geotagged photos can be easily mapped out in QGIS by following this GIS tutorial.

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.

What is PostGIS?

Mark Altaweel

PostGIS is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)-compliant software that serves as an extension for PostgreSQL, an object-relational database.