The modern geospatial analysis stack

In the past few years, geospatial technology has fundamentally changed. Data is getting bigger, faster, and more complex. User needs are changing too, with an increasing number of organizations and business functions adopting data-centric decision making, leading to a broader range of users undertaking this kind of work. Geospatial cannot any longer be left on a silo.

In this rapidly evolving landscape, the traditional desktop-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) of the past have given way to a new way of doing spatial analysis, focused on openness and scalability over proprietary software and desktop analytics. This new way of working with geospatial data is supported by a suite of cloud-native tools and technologies designed to handle the demands of contemporary data workflows - this is what we call the modern geospatial analysis stack.

To learn more about the modern geospatial analysis stack you can get a copy of our free ebook "Modernizing the Geospatial Analysis Stack".

This shift to more open and scalable geospatial technology offers a range of benefits for analysts, data scientists and the organizations they work for:

  • Interoperability between different data analysis teams working on a single source of truth database in the cloud.

  • Scalability to analyze and visualize very large datasets.

  • Data security backed by the leading cloud platforms.

  • Democratization & Collaboration with tools that have been esigned to lower the skills barrier for spatial analysis.

However, while the modern geospatial analysis stack excels in offering scalable and advanced analytical and visualization capabilities for your geospatial big data, there are some data management tasks - like geometry editing over georeferenced images - for which traditional open-source desktop GIS tools are great solutions for.

This section of the CARTO Academy will share how you can complement your modern geospatial analysis stack - based on CARTO and your cloud data warehouse of choice - with other GIS tools to ensure all your geospatial needs and use-cases are covered, from geometry editing to advanced spatial analytics and app development.

Spatial data management and analytics with QGIS and CARTO

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