[GRASS-user] New paper: "GRASS GIS: a multi-purpose Open Source GIS"

Markus Neteler neteler at osgeo.org
Tue Dec 13 11:31:04 EST 2011

Hi all,

we are proud to announce a new, general paper on GRASS GIS:

Neteler, M., Bowman, M.H., Landa, M. and Metz, M. (2012):
GRASS GIS: a multi-purpose  Open Source GIS. Environmental Modelling & Software
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2011.11.014
Proof PDF: http://gis.cri.fmach.it/uploads/ENSO_2675_proof_GRASS_GIS.pdf
                 (the final PDF will be soon online)

The GIS software sector has developed rapidly over the last ten years.
Open Source GIS applications are
gaining relevant market shares in academia, business, and public
administration. In this paper, we
illustrate the history and features of a key Open Source GIS, the
Geographical Resources Analysis Support
System (GRASS). GRASS has been under development for more than 28
years, has strong ties into
academia, and its review mechanisms led to the integration of well
tested and documented algorithms
into a joint GIS suite which has been used regularly for environmental
modelling. The development is
community-based with developers distributed globally. Through the use
of an online source code
repository, mailing lists and a Wiki, users and developers communicate
in order to review existing code
and develop new methods. In this paper, we provide a functionality
overview of the more than 400
modules available in the latest stable GRASS software release. This
new release runs natively on common
operating systems (MS-Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OSX), giving basic and
advanced functionality to
casual and expert users. In the second part, we review selected
publications with a focus on environ-
mental modelling to illustrate the wealth of use cases for this open
and free GIS.

Citations are of course welcome :)


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