[Live-demo] Software categories organization

Angelos Tzotsos gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 13:12:56 PST 2011

Hi Alex,

First of all Remote Sensing is not only Earth related, as you mention.
Also, in Geosciences, GIS do not include Remote Sensing. This can be 
seen in scientific journals, conferences, university departments etc. 
Ok, I do not want flame-war too :)

I agree that perhaps we could change the "Desktop GIS" category to 
indicate Remote Sensing somehow.
If others feel that no change is needed, then we stick to the current 


On 02/04/2011 10:38 PM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> On 02/04/2011 12:19 PM, Angelos Tzotsos wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> Since we have new packages like OTB and Rasdaman, that do not fall under
>> any of the existing categories (Desktop GIS, Web Services etc) I think
>> it is time for a new software category in Live DVD.
>> I would like to suggest "Remote Sensing Applications" or "Raster
>> Application".
>> Any other ideas?
>> Regards,
>> Angelos
> Not to start a flame-war or anything but Remote Sensing in the context
> of Earth related stuff is GIS (I prefer to lump them all as Geospatial
> but that's another story). It would probably be offensive to GRASS to
> not be in both categories if we created "Remote Sensing" and would be
> highly confusing once we get the OTB toolbox plugin for QGIS working.
> Looking at the info Rasdaman it is an add on to Postgres, GDAL and Web
> Services. I would put it in Web Services (It does appear to run some
> sort of Java server) or Spatial Tools.
> As for OTB, that depends on the sample applications, most of those seem
> to fall under Desktop GIS. The library itself would be a Spatial Tool in
> my mind.
> I am open for a more inclusive name for "Desktop GIS" to indicate that
> remote sensing is included.
> Thanks,
> Alex
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Angelos Tzotsos
Remote Sensing Laboratory
National Technical University of Athens

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