Greetings from Davis, Ca.
I am an M.S. student in the Soils and Biogeochemistry Deptartment here at UC Davis working on soil-landscape and soil-environment modeling. Mapping soil and vegetation properties and trends is a big part of what I do. Not surprisingly I am quite fond of map making and analysis.
Most of my undergraduate study was done using the standard suite of ESRI tools, which for the most part did everything I wanted. I was very put off by the fact that I couldn't take the software home to work on personal projects. In the first few months of my M.S. program I became an avid follower of the Zen which is UNIX and open source software. Since then, I have been doing about 95% of all my map making, and analysis with open source software tools. Some of my favorite are:
- GMT - The gnereic mapping tools
- GRASS - GIS/Image processing
- GDAL - geospatial abstraction library
- PROJ - projection library
- Gimp - raster image app
- Inkscape -vector image app
- UMN Mapserver -online mapping made easy
- MySQL - not really a mapping tool, but good for storing all my data
- PHP - used as a glue code between Mapserver and MySQL
This is a great site, and I am looking forward to some interesting conversations.