gvSIG is an open source geographic information system (GIS), that is, a desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve complex management and planning problems. gvSIG is known for having a user-friendly interface, being able to access the most common formats, both vector and raster ones. It features a wide range of tools for working with geographic-like information (query tools, layout creation, geoprocessing, networks, etc.), which turns gvSIG into the ideal tool for users working in the land realm. gvSIG integrates in the same view both local (files, databases) and remote data through OGC standards. It is open source software, under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which allows its free use, distribution, study and improvement. gvSIG is designed to be easily extendible, allowing continuous application enhancement, as well as enabling the development of tailor-made solutions, and it is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X platforms. Some of its main features are: Access to vector and raster formats and to remote services, Access to databases and tables, Query, Selection tools, Geoprocessing, Graphical and Alphanumerical editing, Symbology, Labelling, etc. There are also different extensions available for gvSIG Desktop: Network analysis, Raster and remote sensing, Publishing, 3D… Other products that are available are gvSIG Mobile, for mobile devices, and gvSIG Educa, for education. There are a huge quantity of case studies in different sectors like Agriculture, livestock and fisheries, Defense and Emergencies, Development cooperation, Health, or Industry among others.
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