[Gfoss] [OSGeo-Discuss] Whitebox GAT

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From: Arnulf Christl (aka Seven) <seven@arnulf.us>
Date: 2010/3/26
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Whitebox GAT
To: OSGeo Discussions <discuss@lists.osgeo.org>

On Wed, 2010-03-24 at 10:45 -0400, John Lindsay wrote:


I wanted to let you know about a new open-source GIS project that I
have initiated called Whitebox Geospatial Analysis Tools. Whitebox GAT
is a user-friendly and expendable GIS with significant capabilities
for spatial analysis. In developing Whitebox GAT I have taken a
transparent approach to the open-source paradigm. That is, if the user
would like to know how a particular tool's algorithm works, they need
not download the source code and wade through the immense code base to
find the few lines of relevant code. Instead, each tool has a 'View
Code' button that will bring up the specific code related to the tool.
Furthermore, they are able to convert the code into other programming
languages. The idea is to remove some of the barriers that exist
between the developer community and the user community.

this project is highly interesting, also in view of recent tendencies to
transport code across the web to do things on data instead of the other
way round (good for some funny discussions in the OGC WPS working group

My analogy is
that commercial software

If I may interrupt rudely and point out that you probably mean
"proprietary software". We try to use correct terminology to avoid
making people believe that Free and Open Source Software cannot be used
commercially. Just a side note...

is like a locked library where only a few
select individuals have the right to access the information contained
within; most open source software packages, at least from the
viewpoint of the user, is like a public library but there is no
cataloging system and the books are all written in Greek; Whitebox is
much more like the Internet. You can download Whitebox GAT from:


I'd certainly appreciate any feedback that you may have.

As already said above, this is a highly interesting approach, thanks for
getting it started.

Best regards,

John Lindsay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Guelph
Guelph, Ont. N1G 2W1 CANADA
Phone: (519) 824-4120 x56074
Fax: (519) 837-2940
Email: jlindsay@uoguelph.ca
Department Web: www.uoguelph.ca/geography/
Personal Web: http://www.uoguelph.ca/geography/faculty/lindsay.html
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