Debian Edu Project
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Geography
Debian Edu applications for geography

This metapackage depends on various applications that can be used to teach geography.

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Debian Edu Geography packages

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Education-menus
Debian Edu menu reorganization
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A package to reorganizate menu branches in order to get a structure easy to use for teachers and students.

To activate the menu reorganization, a teachers or students group must exist in the system and the user has to be a member of one of these two groups.

Kgeography
geography learning aid for KDE
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KGeography is an aid for learning about world geography. You can use it to explore a map, show information about regions and features, and play quiz games to test your geography knowledge.

This package is part of the KDE education module.

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Marble
globe and map widget
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Marble is a generic geographical map widget and framework for KDE applications. The Marble widget shows the earth as a sphere but does not require hardware acceleration. A minimal set of geographical data is included, so it can be used without an internet connection.

This package is part of the KDE education module.

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Earth3d
Map client displaying a 3D model of the world
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The map data is fetched from a server on the net, and the client will display recent satellite images and map data.

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Gmt
Generic Mapping Tools
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GMT is a collection of tools that allow users to manipulate (x,y) and (x,y,z) data sets (including filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and produce Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots through contour maps to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-D perspective views in black and white, gray tone, hachure patterns, and 24-bit color.

GMT supports many common map projections plus linear, log, and power scaling, and comes with support data such as coastlines, rivers, and political boundaries.

Please cite: Paul Wessel, Walter H. F. Smith, Remco Scharroo, Joaquim F. Luis and Florian Wobbe: Generic Mapping Tools: Improved version released. (eprint) Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union 94(45):409-410 (2013)
Gpscorrelate
correlates digital photos with GPS data filling EXIF fields (command line)
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gpscorrelate fills EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) fields of digital photos related to GPS (Global Positioning System) information (e.g.: GPSLatitude, GPSLongitude, GPSAltitude, ...). The act of filling those fields is referred to as "correlation".

Inputs of the correlation process are a set of JPEG images and GPS data encoded in GPX (GPS Exchange Format) format.

If GPS data are available at the precise moment the photo was taken (with a 1-second granularity) the GPS data are stored unmodified in EXIF fields. If they are not linear interpolation of GPS data available at moments before and after the photo was taken can be used.

Both a command line tool (package gpscorrelate) and a GTK+ graphical user interface for it (package gpscorrelate-gui) are provided.

This package contains the command line tool and the documentation in HTML format.

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Grass
Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS GIS)
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Commonly referred to as GRASS, this is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/map production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many government agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Install this virtual package to get a full GRASS system.

The package is enhanced by the following packages: e00compr
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Mapserver-bin
MapServer utilities
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This package provides command-line utilities for MapServer.

MapServer is a CGI-based framework for Internet map services which supports Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. Scripting functionality in MapScript is provided by the suggested mapscript library packages.

Openscenegraph
3D scene graph, utilities and examples (binaries)
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A portable, high level graphics toolkit for the development of high performance graphics applications such as flight simulators, games, virtual reality or scientific visualization. Providing an object orientated framework on top of OpenGL, it frees the developer from implementing and optimizing low level graphics calls, and provide many additional utilities for rapid development of graphics applications.

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Qgis
Geographic Information System (GIS)
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A Geographic Information System (GIS) manages, analyzes, and displays databases of geographic information. QGIS supports shape file viewing and editing, spatial data storage with PostgreSQL/PostGIS, projection on-the-fly, map composition, and a number of other features via a plugin interface. QGIS also supports display of various georeferenced raster and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) formats including GeoTIFF, Arc/Info ASCII Grid, and USGS ASCII DEM.

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Qlandkartegt
GPS mapping (GeoTiff and vector) and GPSr management
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This package provides a versatile tool for GPS maps in GeoTiff format as well as Garmin's img vector map format. QLandkarteGT is the successor of QLandkarte. Among various improvements (e.g. 2D/3D map rendering and reduced resource demands) the major difference is its device-independent architecture.

Additionally, QLandkarteGT serves as a frontend to the GDAL tools, to make georeferencing of scanned maps feasible for users. In contrast to similar tools (e.g. QGis) its straightforward interface is especially suited for non-scientific users.

Thuban
Interactive geographic data viewer
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Thuban can read geographic data in the shapefile format. Main features of thuban are the layer management and the possibility to navigate on the map, to control the visual appearance of objects, to identify and edit attributes by object selection and to print and export the resulting maps for further processing.

This package contains the thuban program and its libraries.

Viking
GPS data editor, analyzer and viewer
Maintainer: Bernd Zeimetz
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Viking aims to be easy to use, yet powerful in accomplishing a wide variety of GPS related tasks. It uses a hierarchical layering system to organize GPS data, maps, and other layer types with spatial data, such as coordinate lines.

Some of the things you can use Viking for are:

  • Uploading and downloading waypoints, tracks to/from GPS.
  • Realtime GPS tracking and track recording.
  • Import and export of gpx files.
  • Preparing tracks and waypoints for trips using maps from services such as OpenStreetmap and Terraserver. You only need to upload the data to your GPS before you leave. The maps together with your tracks and waypoints can also be printed and used during the trip.
  • After trips, tracks and waypoints from GPS can be downloaded, stored, managed and reused in later trips.
  • Analyzing OHV and hiking trips, understanding where you went and how far you were from something.
  • Making waypoints and tracks to follow to easily get someplace you've never been before or don't have GPS data for but Terraserver maps exist for it.
  • Making maps with coordinate lines.
  • Analyzing speed at different places, adding waypoints where you forgot to mark one but did slow down or stop.
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Googleearth-package
utility to automatically build a Debian package of Google Earth
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Google Earth is a 3D planet viewer that lets you interactively navigate satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and so forth.

Google Earth is available for GNU/Linux from their web site, but is non-free software and is undistributable. It also does not integrate well into a Debian system.

This utility makes it possible to build your own personal Debian package of Google Earth. The packaging itself is Free Software, but the Google Earth program is governed by the copyright holder (Google), so you may be limited as to what you can do with the resulting package (i.e. no redistribution, etc). This package will simply help you create the package, it is your responsibility to use the resulting package responsibly.

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