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  • General Databases
    • Alexandria ProjectAlexandria Project - A distributed digital library for geographically-referenced information
    • UNEP, GRID and environmental data - Links to the world's major geo-spatial data collection and distribution centers.
    • UNEP/GRID - Geneva - UNEP/GRID Geneva maintains a large and actively growing archive of over 1 million geographic datasets.
    • ESRI Data - Provides a searchable database for downloadable GIS data.
    • Manifold - Offers GIS and GPS software packages, as well as add-ins for Microsoft Access, free Tiger data and maps, etc.
    • TerraServer - TerraServer hosts the world's largest online database. It's a huge repository of aerial photographs and satellite images taken from miles overhead that you can view and, if you want, purchase.
    • GISLinx Data Links - GISLinx data section has numerous links to other data depots and archive sites.
    • R&D center ScanEx - R&D center ScanEx specializes in area of satellite remote sensing data acquisition and distribution and offers archived images from the Resurs-O1 satellite and the OMS-2P camera onboard the MIR station.
    • Data Depot - The Data Depot supplies a complete listing of demographic, marketing, and mapping data for the UK and Europe.
  • US State Databases
  • Software
    • MicroDEM is a Windows NT or 95 package for displaying and merging DLGs, DEMs, other gridded data, and satellite imagery.
    • The University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology has produced a mapping package called GMT (Generic Mapping Tools).
    • AGIS for Windows is a mapping and simple GIS package specifically designed to be easy to use. The available 32 bit version is designed for Windows 95, 98 and NT.
    • InFoCAD GIS Pro is a COGO-based GIS software that combines imaging, graphics, database, and analysis functions into one package.
    • SPRING (Georeferenced Information Processing System) is a GIS and remote sensing image processing system with an object-oriented data model which provides for the integration of raster and vector data representations in a single environment. Freeware available.
    • Cyze & Associates makes a number of binary packages freely available for download.
    • 3DField is a contouring surface plotting program that quickly converts your data into contour maps and surface plots.
    • Commercial Terrain Visualization Software Product Information from the U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center - good comprehensive listing of terrain modeling software with descriptions.
    • Terrain Tools and RoadEng freeware by Softree for natural resource applications.
    • Map Maker Pro free evaluation copy from Map Maker Ltd.
    • TatukGIS This download is a free executable that calculates datums and projections coordinates. This address bypasses the registration process.
    • Silicon Spaceships . GeoVirgil is a program that allows you to view NASA .PDS data, which are satellite imagery of venus, earth, the moon, etc. These images can be downloaded for free from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) or written to CD for a low cost. The software allows you to set different coordinate systems, export images into .jpg, view scalebars, etc.
    • Geoclip. Interactive web mapping site with flash. Contains some free utilities to publish on-line statistically rich, user-friendly and highly interactive maps.
  • Commercial Vendors
    • Abakos Digital Images Developer of ProVec, a raster to vector conversion software package and DeSKan Express, a unique large format desktop scanner for use in the CAD, GIS and AM/FM industries.
    • Able Software Co. is a leading software developer for advanced image processing applications, including 3D image visualization, processing, rendering, raster to vector conversion for GIS, mapping and CAD data capture.
    • A.C.T. GIS provides personal, consistent high quality, technically oriented, GIS consulting services.
    • Advanced Visual Systems
    • ALTEK Corporation
    • American Digital Cartography, Inc.
    • Analytical Spectral Devices ASD is the leading global supplier of portable spectroscopic instrumentation. Tailored to applications in industrial analytical chemistry, optical remote sensing, oceanography, and plant physiology, these instruments cover the ultraviolet (UV), visible (Vis) and near infrared (NIR) wavelength ranges.
    • Applied Geographics, Inc. is an environmental and geographic information systems (GIS) consulting firm.
    • Applied GIS, Inc. uses state-of-the-art geographic information system (GIS) technology to generate a wide variety of maps to meet our clients needs.
    • AreaData Online cost-effective source of census and market information for any geographical area in the UK.
    • Argus Interware Inc. Geographic Information Models.
    • Autodesk Inc. (GIS section)
    • Avenza Software Inc. a Burlington, Ontario, Canada software developer has developed MAPublisher (TM), a unique suite of plug-in filters for Adobe Illustrator 6.0 & 5.5 for Macintosh. MAPublisher allows users to import Geographical Information System (GIS) data directly into Adobe Illustrator with all attributes intact and print high quality complex maps and spatial renderings right from the desktop to any PostScript (TM) output device.
    • Blue Marble Geographics produces a number of map application software programs including a coordinate conversion program, GeoCalc.
    • BOSS International develops and market a wide range of civil and environmental engineering software (hydrologic emphasis). European Site -- Asian Site
    • Caris Developers of CARIS GIS, CARIS Marine Information Systems, and the CARIS++ Spatial Framework. Explore the advantages that this software provides, from traditional GIS and desktop mapping, to GIS on the Internet and spatial components for corporate enterprise.
    • Claritas, Inc., "The Precision Marketing Source". What is Precision Marketing? It is the integration of demographics, specialized data, customer data, geography, mapping and marketing experience.
    • DeLorme Mapping has online demos of their digital atlases and maps.
    • Digital Matrix Services, Inc.
    • EdgeTech America, Inc. is an ESRI Business Partner offering high-quality GIS products and services to private and governmental organizations.
    • Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) site offers news, products, publications, tech support, jobs, shopping, software, and various other links to information.
    • ERDAS Inc. mapping software company specializing in geographic imaging solutions.
    • ESRI Canada Ltd. Official Canadian distributor of ESRI resources, including GIS products, training, support, partner program, user groups, free software, demos, etc.
    • GeoCommunity a premier resource for GIS/CAD professionals. A must visit for FREE downloads from over a terabyte of geospatial datasets, a high-powered, industry-specific search engine, GIS industry news, discussion forums, classifieds, and software utilities.
    • Geodynamic Solutions, Inc. provides enterprise and internet solutions that enable our clients to integrate, access, and analyze geographic information including the petroleum industry ASP solution for online mapping, well and production analysis, and data extraction.
    • GeoLytics Inc. is the leading provider of CD-ROM products that integrate a wealth of US Census, private and other government data with sophisticated statistical and mapping tools.
    • news, software reviews, publications.
    • Geo/SQL Technologies Inc. Developers of Geo/SQL GIS Software; low cost Windows or AutoCAD based GIS tools.
    • GIS Data Depot is a geographic data 'superstore' including formats such as DEM, DRG, DOQQ, satellite imagery, E00, SHP, MIF, DXF, DLG, etc.
    • GISLinx a site which has been compiled to provide GIS users with a quick and easy source of information on a variety of issues. With over 1,700 links, GISLinx provides an invaluable resource for all your GIS needs.
    • Golden Software makers of Surfer, Mapviewer, Grapher, and Didger.
    • GSS Geomatics Information Center, Land Surveying Information Center, and Internet Resources
    • Intergraph Corporation
    • Land Info Intl., LLC Map, DEM, and Imagery Store
    • LizardTech Inc. LizardTech offers the most advanced image compression on the market today. Its image compression software, called MrSID (Multi-Resolution Seamless Image Database), was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    • Magellan Systems Corp.
    • Manifold.Net GIS software; GPS software; data available.
    • Mapframe MapFrame develops smart simple solutions for field automation. The company's data collection application combines forms and text information with geographic data to provide a highly intelligent framework for data collection. With FieldSmart Collect, capturing data is as easy as selecting from lists, printing in fields, and placing objects on a map or sketch.
    • Mapinfo Corp.
    • Map Maker Ltd. makers of Map Maker Pro.
    • Mapquest Worldwide Interactive Atlas Mapquest has added maps for cities and regions around the world to its detailed coverage of the United States. The interactive atlas can now display international locations on six continents; maps are detailed to the highway and boulevard level.
    • Maptech, Inc. has a number of marine and land digital products including charts, navigators, plotting and contouring software etc.
    • MetaMAP, Inc. Markets, develops, and supports MetaMAP Geographic Information System (GIS) software products, which run on Windows platform computers.
    • MicroImages, Inc . The TNT products support fully integrated GIS, image processing, CAD, TIN, desktop cartography, and geospatial database management. With TNT you edit, display, and present project materials in raster, vector, CAD, and TIN formats.
    • Northwest GIS Services , Inc. (NWGIS) has provided the Pacific Northwest with expert GIS technical support and mapping services since 1993. Specialize in watershed analysis, hydrology, and surface water planning and management.
    • PCI Geomatics is a world leading developer of Geomatics software and solutions based on its remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, spatial analysis, and cartographic editing programs.
    • Rand McNally & Company has a site with an Internet Directory including Tripmaker and StreetFinder as well as travel tools, and an online catalog.
    • Softree develops and markets high quality scientific and engineering software for applications in forestry and the natural resource industries. Quick and easy software for surveying and mapping. It is ideal for the geographer, forester, geologist, surveyor or resource scientist who is not a GIS specialist, but who needs to quickly produce working maps and site plans.
    • Space Imaging collects and distributes a wide variety of satellite- and aerially-derived digital Earth information products from a variety of sources. These include a constellation of satellites lead by the flagship Landsat and Indian Remote Sensing satellites, from which Space Imaging produces tailored global space-based imagery and derivative information products.
    • Spot Image Corp. Spot Image is the world's leading supplier of geographic information from optical and radar earth observation satellites, compatible with all image processing and GIS systems. Its range of products includes geocoded and orthorectified images, DEM, etc., and ad-hoc services.
    • TatukGIS Home of the TatukGIS Developer Kernel, a comprehensive GIS development toolkit provided as both a Delphi/C++Builder VCL and an ActiveX component, and the Aerial Imagery Corrector, used to rectify, georeference, and mosaic aerial images and raster maps
    • Zipinfo concentrates on ZIP code products.