Geographic Information Systems. Open Source Solutions

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system that provides the ability to capture and analyze spatial and geographic data.

GIS applications (or GIS apps) are computer-based tools that allow the user to create interactive queries (user-created searches), store and edit spatial and non-spatial data, analyze spatial information output, and visually share the results of these operations by presenting them as maps.

Top GIS Software:

OpenStreetMap, GoogleMaps (plătit), Maptitude (plătit), QGIS (Quantum GIS), Esri ArcGIS, Mapbox.

If any of the solutions interests you, or you think that it has a good perspective for development, or you can adapt the software to the needs of citizens, authorities, businesses or NGO-s in Moldova, then you can:

1. International Solutions

# Open Source Solution Web Licence
1 OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap is the largest community-created geospatial project of all time. Software in this organization is for:

  • users to process OpenStreetMap data for their own use,
  • editors for editing OpenStreetMap data, and
  • running the OpenStreetMap infrastructure. N/A
2 qgis / QGIS
QGIS is a free, open source, cross platform (lin/win/mac) geographical information system (GIS).
QGIS is a full-featured, user-friendly, free-and-open-source (FOSS) geographical information system (GIS) that runs on Unix platforms, Windows, and MacOS. Features. GPL-2.0
3 OSGeo / grass
GRASS GIS – free and open-source geospatial processing engine.
GRASS GIS ( is a Geographic Information System used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/map production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GNU-2.0
4 OSGeo / osgeo
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to empower everyone with open source geospatial. Directly supports projects as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support. Works with our sponsors and partners for open software, standards, data, research and education. N/A
5 jblindsay / whitebox-tools
An advanced geospatial data analysis platform. This page is related to the stand-alone command-line program and Python scripting API for geospatial analysis, WhiteboxTools.
The official WhiteboxTools User Manual can be found at this link. MIT
6 Simpals / map-md-app –, (React/UMD) wrapper for mapbox-gl.js Apache-2.0

2. Outdated solutions

The Open Source Solutions that does not update more than 1 year, but potentially could be interesting to End Users.
We don’t make any recommendations to use or not to use the solutions listed below. Your decision is fully up to you.

# Open Source Solution Web Licence
2-1 openstreetmap-ru /
OpenStreetMap – RU. Custom