A simple Collection of Some Cool GeoTools Useful for GeoGeeks!



Name Description User-Friendliness Costs URL
Generate & collect geodata
Python Programming language (ideal for scraping) medium free https://www.python.org/
kimonify Scraping tool simple free http://www.kimonolabs.com/
OutWit Hub Scraping tool medium free https://www.outwit.com/products/hub/
Tabula Extract data from.pdf-files simple free http://tabula.nerdpower.org/
OpenPaths GPS-Tracking for Smartphones simple free https://openpaths.cc/
Google Location History GPS-Tracking for Smartphones simple free https://maps.google.com/locationhistory
GPS-Logger Device for recording GPS-positions simple under 100€
GPS-Visualizer Geocoder for small to medium amounts of addresses simple free http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/geocoder/
OpenStreetMap Exporting OSM Data simple free http://overpass-turbo.eu/
Processing, Cleaning and Exporting Geodata
MS Excel Data processing simple cheap http://www.microsoftstore.com/
MS Access Storing and processing data medium medium http://www.microsoftstore.com/
Notepad++ Texteditor (works well with large csv-files) simple free http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
CSVed Editor for .csv-files simple free http://csved.sjfrancke.nl/
open / google refine Data processing/cleaning medium free http://openrefine.org/
DataWrangler Data processing/cleaning medium free http://vis.stanford.edu/wrangler/
Operations and File Converting
Mygeodataconverter Online converter for diverse geodata file formats simple free http://converter.mygeodata.eu/
GeoConverter Online converter for diverse geodata file formats (incl. WFS) simple free http://geoconverter.hsr.ch/
ShapeEscape Data converter (shp to JSON and Fusion Tables) simple free http://www.shpescape.com/
Mapshaper Geodata simplification (reduces complexity and file size) simple free http://mapshaper.org/
Google Earth Displaying and creating .KML-files simple free http://www.google.de/intl/de/earth/
QGIS Geographic Information System (GIS) medium free http://www.qgis.org/de/site/
ArcGIS Desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) hard Not Free http://www.esri.de/
PostGIS Database system with geospatial extensions hard free http://postgis.net/
Visualization and Publishing
Mapbox Create individually styled webmaps simple free https://www.mapbox.com/
CartoDB Create individually styled webmaps, host geodata in the cloud simple free http://cartodb.com/
QGIS2LEAF Export-Plugin for QGIS (install via Plugin-Manager) simple free https://github.com/Geolicious/qgis2leaf
Leaflet Create and publish individual webmaps (Javascript) medium free http://leafletjs.com/
Open Layers Create and publish individual webmaps (Javascript) medium free http://openlayers.org/
D3 Multitalented dataviz framwork (Javascript) hard free http://d3js.org/
Tableau Analyzing and visualizing (geo-)data + publish to web medium free http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/
Tilemill Render your own map tiles medium free https://www.mapbox.com/tilemill/
Fusion Tables Data processing + creating webmaps simple free https://support.google.com/fusiontables/answer/2571232
StoryMap js Create animated (story) maps simple free http://storymap.knightlab.com/
Odysee js Create animated (story) maps medium free http://cartodb.github.io/odyssey.js/
ColorBrewr Color advice for maps simple free http://colorbrewer2.org/

Source: Mappable.info

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