MapWindow GIS

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MapWindow GIS
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MapWindow GIS 4.5 RC2 running on Windows Vista
Developer(s) MapWindow Open Source Team
Stable release 4.8 / 2010-03-24; 13 years ago
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Geographic information system
License Mozilla Public License

MapWindow GIS is an open source GIS (mapping) application and set of programmable mapping components. It has been adopted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the primary GIS platform for its BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources) watershed analysis and modeling software.

Technical details

MapWindow GIS is distributed as an open source application under the Mozilla Public License distribution license, MapWindow GIS can be reprogrammed to perform different or more specialized tasks. There are also plug-ins available to expand compatibility and functionality.

The application is built upon Microsoft .NET technology.

Updates for MapWindow GIS are regularly released by a group of student and volunteer developers.

See also


  • Ames, D.P. "Getting Started with the MapWinGIS ActiveX Control."
  • Burgholzer, R.W., "Using Accumulation Based Network Identification Methods to Identify Hill Slope Scale Drainage Networks in a Raster GIS." Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Biological Systems Engineering. Blacksburg, Virginia. February 10, 2005. pp. 10, 22-23.
  • Fujisawa, N. "Let's Enjoy Google Earth." Published by Gijutsu Hyoron Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. 2006. pp. 80-84.
  • George, C., "The United Nations WaterBase Project." International Environmental Modelling and Software Society 2006 Conference, Burlington, Vermont, July 9-13, 2006.
  • Kittle, J., Duda, P.B., Ames, D.P. and Kinerson, R. “The BASINS Watershed Analysis System -- Integrating With Open Source GIS.” GIS and Water Resources AWRA Spring Specialty Conference, Houston, TX, May 2006.
  • Rafn, E. and Ames, D.P. “Estimating Stream Channel Cross Sections from Watershed Characteristics.” GIS and Water Resources AWRA Spring Specialty Conference, Houston, TX, May 2006.
  • Reed, M. "Strategies for involvement of the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) in building ICT infrastructure." United Nations University Office in New York Seminar Series. 2006.
  • Taylor, A. "New mapping software developed at ISU in Idaho Falls a hit worldwide." INRA Journal. August 2006. pp 3-4.

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