[OSGeo-Edu] article that compares FOS desktop GIS with ArcGIS for use in libraries

Stefan Steiniger sstein at geo.uzh.ch
Wed Mar 31 18:13:34 EDT 2010

Hei all,

I just read the article below and found it really interesting. It 
compares uDig, MapWindow, gvSIG, GRASS, QGIS, OpenJUMP with ArcGIS, 
having a focus on basic use (i.e. creating a thematic map from existing 


Title: Evaluating open source GIS for libraries
Author(s): Francis P. Donnelly
Journal: Library Hi Tech
Year: 2010 Volume: 28 Issue: 1 Page: 131 – 151
ISSN: 0737-8831
DOI: 10.1108/07378831011026742
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

I think the article shows quite well where is still room for 
improvements to be more attractive to GIS beginners, or people from 
other (non-earth) sciences.

Though.. some of the issues may be resolved by now as I think he did the 
evaluation in 2008 - see his blog entry:


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