Software

There are a wide range of spatial software available some are free and some are quite expensive. Most have their strengths and weaknesses. This is by no means a comprehensive list:

Proprietary Software

ESRI (ArcMap, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server) probably the most widely used GIS on the market in the public health sector www.esri.com

MapInfo http://www.pitneybowes.com/us/location-intelligence/geographic-information-systems.html

Intergraph http://www.intergraph.com/

Idrisi is primarily a raster based and powerful GIS that can be used with remote sensing and climate modelling https://clarklabs.org/

Free Software and Tools

QGIS (Quantum GIS) perhaps the most widely used and robust of the opensource GIS software http://www.qgis.org/en/site/

SatScan is a widely used space time clustering application that has been widely used in public health http://www.satscan.org/

CrimeStat primarily used for crime and law enforcement but has some very good tools for space and time analysis and spatial statistics http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/CrimeStat/

 

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