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Couple of queries here GIS'ers.

Firstly we are looking at how we can catalogue our spatial data so that its easy to have a look at shapes we already own for projects. Currently i'm checking them out in ArcGIS and just putting down the Spatial file names and details on a excel spreadsheet.

As far as i know thats the best way that people can browse through and have a look at the spatial files without any GIS software?

When i have finished the spreadsheet of the spatial files we have i want to implement some GIS software that is free on all the computers in the office so everyone can look at the files they have seen on the spreadsheet. I have been testing quite a few and its between Quantum and Mapwindow. Although i'm finding it very difficult to distinguish the better one. I know a lot of people prefer one to the other but could you explain why? Just so i can justify my decision to anyone that asks.

Also when the free GIS software is implemented to all the computers does anyone know the best way to then implement the catalogue on it? I currently use ArcGIS with lots of WMS GIS servers. Is it possible to upload our catalogue on to our server then view them from Quantum or MapWindow similar to how ArcGIS views WMS servers?

Thank you in advance,

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You might want to check out GeoNetwork and ESRI's free geoportal server. There might be other alternatives too. Both of the ones I listed are free and open source.
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i think http://voyagergis.com/ is worth to have a look

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Cheers guys that's my cataloguing problem solved, opinions on MapWindow or QuantumGIS?

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As Ninomax mentioned Voyager might be the best way to create a catalog of all your available GIS data.

With Voyager you can simply download and install the software, point it at your data (content stored on file servers, web mapping servers, SDE etc) and then start the indexing process. Voyager will throughly indexes data without the need for metadata (uses metadata if it exists).

you can download a free license at:
http://voyagergis.com/free

see live demos at:
http://demo.voyagergis.com

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i think http://voyagergis.com/ is worth to have a look



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Yeah that looks good for the catalogue, just downloading now. Although it says that the free version isnt network accessible so not sure if i will be able to check it out over the network on that license?

I want opinions between MapWindow and Quantum? because some colleagues will need to do some basic GIS like buffering, changing shapes and changing attributes. I figured this would be best done on either MapWindow or Quantum. Didn't explain that properly earlier before.

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Just got voyager up and running. Very impressed




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