[OSGeo-Discuss] Whitebox GAT

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Wed Mar 24 07:57:38 PDT 2010


Thanks for telling us about Whitebox. I'm going to download the program
today and give it a spin. It is good to see more open source development
in DotNet languages.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of John Lindsay
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 7:45 AM
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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Whitebox GAT


I wanted to let you know about a new open-source GIS project that I have
initiated called Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools. Whitebox GAT is a
user-friendly and expendable GIS with significant capabilities for
spatial analysis. In developing Whitebox GAT I have taken a transparent
approach to the open-source paradigm. That is, if the user would like to
know how a particular tool's algorithm works, they need not download the
source code and wade through the immense code base to find the few lines
of relevant code. Instead, each tool has a 'View Code' button that will
bring up the specific code related to the tool. Furthermore, they are
able to convert the code into other programming languages. The idea is
to remove some of the barriers that exist between the developer
community and the user community. My analogy is that commercial software
is like a locked library where only a few select individuals have the
right to access the information contained within; most open source
software packages, at least from the viewpoint of the user, is like a
public library but there is no cataloging system and the books are all
written in Greek; Whitebox is much more like the Internet. You can
download Whitebox GAT from:


I'd certainly appreciate any feedback that you may have.

John Lindsay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Guelph
Guelph, Ont. N1G 2W1   CANADA
Phone: (519) 824-4120 x56074
Fax: (519) 837-2940
Email:  jlindsay at uoguelph.ca
Department Web: www.uoguelph.ca/geography/
Personal Web: http://www.uoguelph.ca/geography/faculty/lindsay.html
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