uDig – User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS

User-Friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is an open source spatial data viewer/editor, with special emphasis on the OpenGIS standards for internet GIS, the Web Map Server and Web Feature Server standards.

uDig aims to be:

  • User friendly – providing a familiar graphical environment for GIS users.
  • Desktop located – thick client.
  • Internet oriented – WMS, WFS, WCS, GeoRSS, KML, tiles geospatial web services.
  • GIS ready – providing the framework on which complex analytical capabilities can be built, and gradually subsuming those capabilities into the main application.

It is a Java based open source desktop application framework, built with Eclipse Rich Client (RCP) technology.

Features include:

  • An out-of-the-box application, with the ability to view, edit and print files, database (Oracle, SDE, PostGIS) and Web Feature Servers (WFS).
  • An industry-standard extension framework (RCP) for adding new functionality to the application.
  • A rich toolkit of Java functionality, ready for developers to build on.
  • Uses GRASS for complex vector operations.
  • PostGIS.
  • WMS.
  • Desktop Client with Drag and Drop integration for File explorer and Web Browser.
  • Integrate with your existing infrastructure: ArcSDE, Oracle, DB2 and more.
  • Work with local files: Shapefile, jpeg, png, tiff and more.
  • Work with advanced spatial raster formats: ECW, MrSID, JPEG 2000.
  • Support for compliant Web Map Servers (GeoServer, MapServer tested).
  • Integrated Web experience with an embedded browser that recognises OGC web services and smoothly adds links to the onscreen map.
  • Style Layer Descriptor control of rendering allowing you to publish your Map using the same settings in uDig as with popular Web Map Servers.
  • Deep integration of standards allowing the application to swap between the appropriate service as required for display, interaction and editing.
  • Printing and PDF Generation.
  • Native support for many other data sources.
  • Cross-platform support – runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Website: udig.refractions.net
Support: Documentation, Twitter
Developer: Refractions Research
License: Dual BSD / EPL (Eclipse Foundation)


Return to Scientific Home Page | Return to Earth Science Home Page

Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.

The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, alternatives to Google, fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.