TitleBodyTechnical Expertise RequiredCostAdditional Information
Amber

"Amber" refers to two things: a set of molecular mechanical force fields for the simulation of biomolecules (Amber) and a package of molecular simulation programs which includes source code and demos (AmberTools).

Basic programming skillsCost-basis
ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop is a collection of software products for building complete geographic information systems (GIS). produced by Esri. ArcGIS Desktop 9 provides an integrated GIS, combining object-oriented and traditional file-based data models with a set of tools to create and work with geographic data. The following three applications comprise the ArcGIS Desktop software suite:

  • ArcMap (mapping and data manipulation): ArcMap is a map-authoring application
  • ArcCatalog (data management): shared ArcGIS application that allows you to organize and access all GIS information (e.g., maps, globes, datasets, models, metadata, and services). Includes tools for browsing and finding geographic information; recording, viewing, and managing metadata; viewing datasets; and defining the schema structure of the object-based geographic datasets.
  • ArcToolbox (data conversion, modeling, and spatial analysis): includes tools to do geographic feature overlay, feature selection and analysis, topology processing, and data conversion resulting in an output dataset. The geoprocessing framework allows you to use each geoprocessing function in a variety of ways. The tools can be used directly from a dialog, executed via command line, combined with other processes in visual models using Model Builder, or used in advanced scripts.
Basic programming skillsCost-basis
  • http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/index.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArcGIS
ESRI ArcGIS Explorer

ArcGIS Explorer is a geographical information system (GIS) viewer to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. It provides a freely-distributable way to share products produced by ESRI's commercial products.

There are two versions: one for the desktop, the other on-line. The on-line version includes support for time-enabled maps.

No programmingFree

There is a free SDK available for download.

ESRI ArcGIS ModelBuilder

ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software contains ModelBuilder, which is a work flow tool that enables the creation and execution of consistent, repeatable models that are comprised of one or more processing steps. ModelBuilder can be used to ensure the integrity of a particular model or set of analytical processes through modeling, storing, and publishing complex operations and workflows. ModelBuilder workflows can be created and executed on both the desktop and over the web. Within ModelBuilder, a model consists of processes and the connections between them. Parameters can be defined that will be filled into a pop-up form at runtime. Most of the geoprocessing tools available within ArcGIS can be used as processes within ModelBuilder as part of a workflow. Model workflows can also be rerun with different data or inputs for evaluating scenarios. ModelBuilder is included in all license levels of ArcGIS Desktop. Models created can also be exported as scripts in Python and other programming languages.

Basic programming skillsCost-basis

ModelBuilder is a part of the ArcGIS software package. You must have an ArcGIS license to use ModelBuilder.

ESRI ArcMap

ArcMap is the map display and editing workhorse for the ESRI ArcGIS Geographical Information System (GIS) software package. It is most widely used for map creation, but also has broad capabilities for editing and analysis. The "Toolbox" available in ArcMap provides an encyclopedic array of GIS data manipulation and analysis functions for almost any application.

ArcMap is included in three versions of ArcGIS Desktop, each with an increasing array of capabilities. "ArcView" provides basic mapping functionality. "ArcEditor" adds the ability to create and edit data and to do interconversions between raster and vector data formats. Finally, "ArcInfo" contains the full array of mapping, editing and analysis features.

ArcMap is sold with a number of "extensions" that, if purchased, extend the capabilities to allow manipulation and analysis of additional forms of data or add additional capabilities. For example, the "Spatial Analyst" extension provides capabilities for the manipulation and analysis of raster data such as satellite images and digtal elevation model (DEM) data, including image processing and hydrologic analysis functions.

Scripting of functions is provided in several languages, with built-in support for Python programming within the ArcMap interface.

No programmingCost-basis
Forest Sector Carbon Calculator

The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator is a tool to help users learn about how carbon stores in the forest change over time.

The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator integrates a number of kinds of software to gather information from users, process, and then output results. The foundation for the Calculator is a model called LANDCARB that is designed to simulate the dynamics of living and dead pools of carbon in forest stands and landscapes. It also includes a submodel that estimates how harvested carbon is manufactured into forest products, as well as how these are used, and disposed.

This web interface allows users to control scenarios by selecting different regions, integrating past histories of disturbance and management, and choosing alternative futures. Calculations can be done for a single stand or for an entire landscape. Reports and time trend graphs on stores in the forest, in wood products (including bioenergy), and disposal can be generated.

No programmingFree
FRAGSTATS: Spatial Pattern Analysis Program for Categorical Maps

FRAGSTATS is a computer software program designed to work with geospatial data to help the user categorize landscape patterns and metrics, and is useful in identifying areas where land use activities have resulted in fragmentation of the landscape. The current release is version 3.3

The program is currently undergoing another major revamping, which will result in the release of version 4.0 sometime in 2011.

No programmingFree

Version 3.3 is a stand-alone program written in Microsoft Visual C++ for use in the Windows Operating environment. It accepts raster images in a variety of formats, including Arc Grid, ASCII, 16 or 32 bit BINARY, ERDAS, and IDRISI image files. However, currently FRAGSTATS does not work with newer versions of ERDAS Imagine files.

HDFql

HDFql stands for "Hierarchical Data Format query language". It is a high level language for handling HDF5 files.

HDFql provides a simpler, cleaner, and faster interface for HDF5 across C, C++, Java, Python, C# and Fortran.

Basic programming skillsFree

HDFql – the new HDF tool that speaks SQL: https://hdfgroup.org/wp/2016/06/hdfql-new-hdf-tool-speaks-sql/

HDFView

HDFView is a visual tool for browsing, viewing, managing and editing HDF4 (Hierarchical Data Format) and HDF5 binary data files. HDF files are designed to contain large amounts of numerical or other data.

The tool allows you to view the hierarchical file structure, create and edit new files, groups, datasets, dataset contents, and attributes of the data.

No programmingFree
iMacros for Firefox

iMacros was designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. With iMacros, you can quickly fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, download information from other sites, scrape the Web (get data from multiple sites), and more. You can keep the macros on your computer for your own use, or share them with others by embedding them on your homepage, blog, company Intranet or any social bookmarking service.

Web professionals can use iMacros for functional, performance, and regression testing of web applications. The built-in STOPWATCH command captures precise web page response times. iMacros also includes support for many AJAX elements.

iMacros can be combined with other extensions such as Greasemonkey, Web Developer, Firebug, Stylish, Download Statusbar, NoScript, PDF Download, Foxmarks, Fasterfox, All-in-One Sidebar, Megaupload, Foxyproxy, Flashblock and Adblock.

Basic programming skillsFree

www.iopus.com/imacros/firefox