Open source


NGIS loves open source

At NGIS we are all about implementing fit for purpose solutions for our clients. 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.

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.

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.
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