Give a scientist a tool, and you feed science for a day. Teach a scientist to be open, and you feed science for a lifetime.
Esri is natively open source
The scientific community is very interested in leveraging open-source code and solutions with Esri technology. However, many are still surprised to hear that Esri produces free, open-source products such as Esri Geoportal Server. Esri has a significant presence on GitHub with our open-source stack and examples of projects that use open source to accelerate our work.
- App builders: Esri Story Maps, ArcGIS Web AppBuilder
- Visualisations: Esri Leaflet, CedarJS
- Data serving: Koop
- Analysis: Limited Error Raster Compression (LERC), NumPy, R, Spark, Hadoop and Geometry Engine
Integration with R
R, also known as the R Project for Statistical Computing, is the extremely popular and fastest growing environment for statistical computing, including within a range of environmental sciences. Esri's membership in the R Consortium made the list of biggest R stories for 2016, and the new R ArcGIS bridge, now compatible with Microsoft R Open, is more valuable than ever for advancing the capabilities of analyses across multiple disciplines.
Python for open science
Python is used for all things geospatial, from data conversion and automation to exploratory data analysis, space-time analysis and geocomputation. Esri's ArcGIS API for Python lets you engage with data, analytics and visualisation through a clean Python API. Python raster functions, a curated set of lightweight but powerful tools, enable on-the-fly image processing and raster analysis in ArcGIS.
Notebooks for open science
Notebooks have become a crucial tool in the Python and data science communities. Jupyter Notebooks are favoured among Python users for their seamless integration with some of the most important Python libraries in a structure that encourages efficient prototyping and visualisation. There are many types of Python notebooks, so look for more variations in the future.
52°North and Esri
Esri is proud to be a stakeholder and partner of 52°North. An open-source software initiative and international open-science network, 52°North unites partners from research, industry and public administration, focusing on geoinformatics research and innovation. Recent collaborations have focused on interoperable processing of sensor data and the advancement of spatial data infrastructures.
ArcGIS: Your analysis platform for science
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