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 OJE  Vol.4 No.4 , March 2014
Open Source GIS Software Options for Forestry Education in Papua New Guinea
Abstract: Although open source softwares (OSS) for GIS and Remote Sensing are rapidly expanding and improving in the global context, there has been uncertainty at higher education institutions in developing countries, such as the department of forestry (Dfo) at Unitech, Papua New Guinea (PNG), regarding appropriate GIS softwares and hardware to acquire and use for teaching and research purposes. The paper briefly describes the characteristics of some mature OSS and discusses their main capabilities, advantages and disadvantages. Their adoption in the Dfo curricula may be advantageous in the long term, considering issues of learning curve steepness, versatility, affordability, effectiveness, and documentation available on them.
Cite this paper: Cornelio, D. (2014) Open Source GIS Software Options for Forestry Education in Papua New Guinea. Open Journal of Ecology, 4, 234-243. doi: 10.4236/oje.2014.44022.
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