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MDNR (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) Garmin GPS is an ArcView extension built to provide Garmin handheld GPS receiver users with the ability to directly transfer data between GPS receivers and various GIS software packages. A user can use point features (graphics or shapefile) and upload them to the GPS as waypoints. Line and Polygon Graphics or shapes can be uploaded to the GPS as Track Logs or Routes. Conversely, Waypoints, Track Logs, and Routes collected using the GPS can be transferred directly to ArcView/ArcMap/Google Earth/Landview and saved as Graphics or Shapefiles.

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Tags: GIS,GPS Contributor: Cost: Free
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MATT (Metadata AuThoring Tool)

MATT is a Metadata AuThoring Tool that runs from within a web browser and guides you through the writing of metadata using pull-down lists and keywords. The tool has been written using a combination of XHTML and client-side JavaScript. It can be used either over the internet, across a network or offline. When you have finished describing your data, your entries are converted into a machine readable format known as XML. This XML can then be submitted for incorporation into a metadata directory and made available for others to view. All metadata produced by the tool can be straightforwardly transformed into the internationaly recognized DIF metadata format (Currently adopted by GLOBEC and IOC). By default however, MATT produces metadata in a format (MATT XML) that can be submitted into the SADC Regional Metadata Directory.

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Related Tools: Metadoor

Tags: FGDC,geospatial,metadata editor Contributor: Cost: Free
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MATLAB is an interactive data analysis and visualization environment that can be used to perform computationally-intense operations on large data sets efficiently. MATLAB also provides a high level programming language that supports rapid development of work-flow scripts and Graphical User Interface applications to automate repetitive tasks. A wide variety of discipline-specific software libraries, called toolboxes, are available from the publisher or user communities to extend the capabilities of the base program (e.g. statistics, curve fitting, image analysis and mapping). MATLAB programs can also leverage existing code written in Fortran, Java or other languages and source code is provided for most functions, allowing end-users to extend or customize routines for specialized analyses.

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Tags: analyze,computing,graphics Contributor: Cost: Cost-basis
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Mathematica is a computational platform used by scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Mathematica has support for equation solving, numerical analysis, as well as graphing and visualization. Mathematica has import and export filters for tabular data, images, video, sound, CAD, GIS documents and biomedical formats. There is support for data mining tools such as cluster analysis, sequence alignment and pattern matching as well as text mining support. The programming feature supports functional, procedural, and object oriented styles of programming.

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Tags: analyze,computing,data mining,mathematics,programming Contributor: RO, SL Cost: Cost-basis
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MapWindow GIS is a free desktop geographic information system (GIS) application with an extensible plug-in architecture. It also includes a GIS ActiveX control and a fully C# GIS application programmer’s interface (API) called DotSpatial that can be used by software developers. MapWindow can be used as an open-source alternative to many commercial desktop GIS software packages, it can be used to distribute data to others who may not have a GIS, and it can be used to develop and distribute custom geospatial data analysis tools, or plug-ins.

MapWindow includes standard GIS data visualization features as well as DBF attribute table editing, shapefile editing, and data converters. Many standard GIS data formats are supported including shapefiles, GeoTIFF, and ESRI ASCII and ArcGrid formats.

MapWindow is free to use and redistribute to others. The source code is also available, and MapWindow can be modified to fit user needs. It can also be embedded in other software programs.

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Additional data analysis and visualization plug-ins for MapWindow are available via the MapWindow website http://www.mapwindow.org.
Source code for MapWindow can be accessed via the MapWindow website.

Tags: geospatial,GIS,visualization Contributor: JH, TB Cost: Free
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MapServer is an open source tool for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web. It allows users to create “geographic image maps”, that is, maps that can direct users to content. MapServer uses Web Feature Services (WFS) that will serve out features and attributes to users and WMS (Web Mapping Service), that serves an 'image' of what the symbolized layers (gis datasets) look like on the server based on the extent requested. Users can implement python, java, perl, or .net programming languages to work with MapServer.

Additional Information: Tags: GIS,map Contributor: Cost: Free
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Maple is a software application for symbolic and numeric mathematical analysis, mathematical modeling and visualization. The software provides a comprehensive computer algebra system and an interactive graphical environment for editing and solving both symbolic and numeric mathematical equations and performing calculations. Equations can be entered and displayed using conventional symbolic notation, making this application ideal for educational settings and classroom exercises. A dynamically-typed, imperative-style programming language is also included for advanced analyses, and Maple can be interfaced with computer languages including C, Fortran, Java, MATLAB and Visual Basic.

Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows, Apple McIntosh, Linux, Sun Solaris

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Tags: mathematics Contributor: Cost: Cost-basis
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Keynote is an Apple's presentation software. Presentation software is primarily used for composing "slides" for presentations. Emphasis is on graphics and animation. Keynote files can be saved as PowerPoint.

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Tags: graphics,presentation,visualization Contributor: RL, SA Cost: Cost-basis
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Kepler is a scientific workflow application that enables scientists, engineers, analysts, and computer programmers to create, execute, and share models and analyses. Kepler is a java-based application that can operate on data stored in a variety of formats, locally and over the internet, and is an effective environment for integrating disparate software components, such as merging "R" scripts with compiled "C" code, or facilitating remote, distributed execution of models. Using Kepler's graphical user interface, users simply select and then connect pertinent analytical components and data sources to create a "scientific workflow"—an executable representation of the steps required to generate results. The Kepler software helps users share and reuse data, workflows, and components developed by the scientific community to address common needs.

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  • https://kepler-project.org/users/documentation
  • Ludäscher B., Altintas I., Berkley C., Higgins D., Jaeger-Frank E., Jones M., Lee E., Tao J., Zhao Y. 2006. Scientific Workflow Management and the Kepler System. Special Issue: Workflow in Grid Systems. Concurrency and Computation: Practice & Experience 18(10): 1039-1065.
  • Workflows and extensions to the Kepler scientific workflow system to support environmental sensor data access and analysis. Derik Barseghian and Ilkay Altintas and Matthew B. Jones and Daniel Crawl and Nathan Potter and James Gallagher and Peter Cornillon and Mark Schildhauer and Elizabeth T. Borer and Eric W. Seabloom and Parviez R. Hosseini (2010) Ecological Informatics. Volume 5. Pages: 42 - 50.
  • Scientific workflow design for mere mortals. Timothy McPhillips and Shawn Bowers and Daniel Zinn and Bertram Ludäscher (2009) Future Gener. Comput. Syst.. Volume 25. Pages: 541--551.
Tags: GUI,models,provenance Contributor: Cost: Free
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JWS Online is a systems biology tool for the construction, modification and simulation of kinetic models and for the storage of curated models.

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Tags: simulation Contributor: Cost: Free
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