List of disk based GIS systems and goodies

This is a list sent to us by Edward, a listener, of disk based GIS systems. These are bootable systems that do not require you to istall anything to your computer. I am only familiar with a couple of these, so I will have to look into most of them myself. If you are looking into them and would like to write a review of your experiences send it to us and we will post it as one of our review columns. Have fun playing with them.

Quantian
http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html

GIS-Knoppix
http://www.sourcepole.com/sources/software/gis-knoppix/index.xml

GISMorphix
http://freesoftware.keltron.org/gismorphixcd.html

StarCD
http://freesoftware.keltron.org/gismorphixcd.html

GISix
http://www.geomancers.net/projects-int.html

and, much more simple apps for primary school students

Freeduc
http://www.ofset.org/freeduc-cd/

One of the many sites that track Linux live-cd distros:
http://www.pelttech.com/security/knoppix.htm

and, of course, the FreeGIS project frequently features news about the above and related open-source and low/no-cost software and data:
http://freegis.org/about/project

On a different topic, there are some great resources for transit and transportation system mapping available from
the Bureau of Transportation Statistics; National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) 2005 CD
https://www.bts.gov/pdc/user/products/src/products.xml?p=1978&c=-1

and the Moakley GeoGraphics Laboratory
http://geolab.bridgew.edu/docs/busroutes/

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Jesse is Instructor in Geography and a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on the integration of phenomenology and geospatial technologies to study prehistoric cultural landscape. He is a GIS Professional and Registered Professional Archaeologist and holds an MA in Geography and a BS in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology.