How to get started with GIS
Both commercial and open source GIS software is available. As the leading vendor-independent solution integrator, GIS People will always suggest the most appropriate, fit-for-purpose options for our clients.
Commercial GIS software
Commercial software, such as Esri’s ArcGIS, MapInfo Professional and Oracle Spatial, is widely used across industry and governments for GIS applications. These programs have a large user base, due to the powerful analytic tools they provide.
Google Earth and Google Maps are used more widely by the general public as well as in industry. These are valuable, easy-to-use tools that get everyone involved with maps.
Open source GIS software
The field of open source GIS software is fast expanding, with software such as PostGIS, QGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap now available. Open source software is freely available to all, often useable across different platforms, and uses volunteer developers who contribute time and effort to regularly release updates and bug fixes.
Providing data and tools that can be used without restrictions means that this kind of software is becoming increasingly popular among government, charities and the general public.