Open source

Building fit for purpose solutions

At NGIS we are all about helping the client decide and implement technologies that are fit for purpose when building solutions. This approach includes ensuring we have non exclusive partnerships with our commercial technology vendors and also having extensive skills with implementing and developing solutions that leverage open source technology.

There is a great family of open source geo tools supported by a global community that NGIS leverages to implement bespoke map based solutions that do not have ongoing licensing costs. Below are some of the technologies used by NGIS.

3D mapping

The landscape for 3D technology both commercial and open source is rapidly evolving.

A welcome addition to the 3D open source landscape is Google Earth Enterprise which NGIS has implemented as a self service visualisation platform for dozens of clients, providing high performing 3D capability. Cesium continues to be a leader in 3D web mapping along with the use of WebGL.

Open National Map


At NGIS when we think open source database we think PostgreSQL and MySQL. We have leveraged these database technologies for a range of solutions including using PostGIS to provide spatial capabilities for PostgreSQL.

The choice of database technology will come down to the specific solution requirements including security, replication, performance and geospatial functions.

Desktop GIS platforms

Open source desktop GIS has come a long way over the last 10 years and at NGIS we are a big wrap for QGIS.

We have implemented QGIS for a number of clients including mining, government, commercial and not for profit organisations. We also specialise in delivering QGIS training and capacity building to help organisations leverage the spatial technology available to them. QGIS was adopted as a key technology for the Mapping Exposure to Sea Level Rise in the Pacific project that was recognised by the UN as a game changing approach to addressing climate change globally.

QGIS training courses

Content Management Systems

GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). It is designed to be extended and modified and can be integrated into existing platforms. GeoNode is particularly well suited for projects that require a data portal that manages access and dissemination of spatial datasets.

Another content management system available is CARTO. CARTO is a self-contained mapping platform that users can upload, manage and style their content in and then deliver location information through customisable interfaces. CARTO is built off the open source tools, PostGIS and PostgreSQL and has since become a commercial solution offered through our technology partner, Liveli.

Geo Toolkits

When solutions and processes need that something a little different NGIS turns to the trusted Geo toolkits in GDAL and OGR.

GDAL and OGR have a wide range of tools for data conversion and processing that can provide efficiencies for a range of processes and in many circumstances can be used in place of commercial Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) software.

Base Maps

OpenStreetMap is a freely available base map service. OpenStreetMap is built through crowd sourcing information containing data about roads, resturants, train stations and much more, on a global scale. OpenStreetMaps can be used in place of enterprise level products. NGIS have experience in building on a number of different base maps and can identify the base map to best fit your needs when building solutions. 

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