Free software: a review, in the context of disaster management

Mathias Leidig, Richard Teeuw

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This article examines the nature of freely available geospatial software and information systems in the context of disaster management. The use of geospatial data is crucial to effective disaster management, from preparedness to response and recovery. However, to make efficient use of available data and information – before, during and after a disaster – reliable software is required. The software applications examined in this paper range from Geographical Information Systems, to the processing of remotely sensed images, crowd-source mapping, web applications and content management systems. Trends and challenges are considered, and guidelines are given, to foster and encourage the provision of information by Freeware and Open Source Software. Free geoinformatics can help to optimize the limited financial, technological and manpower resources that many organisations face, providing a sustainable input to analytical activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Early online date19 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


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