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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  1. You have ripped that logo off from http://geotools.org – GeoTools is a well established and respected OSGEO project and we do not wish to be associated with this collection of tools as it offers nothing of use to our users. Please remove the logo from this page immediately.


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