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Table 4 Criteria used to select which GIS Software to be integrated in OSM2LULC

From: Automatic conversion of OSM data into LULC maps: comparing FOSS4G based approaches towards an enhanced performance

  GRASS GIS gvSIG QGIS GDAL/OGR SAGA GIS PostGIS
Do they provide fundamental tools for the envisaged processes? Yes No tool to compute near distance between features is available Yes, but most of the relevant tools were from other FOSS4G Yes, but depends of other packages (e.g. Spatialite) to accomplish some analysis No tool to compute near distance between features is available Yes
OSGeo project? Yes No, by the time our work started Yes Yes No Yes
Quality documentation available? Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Examples of its application available? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Python-based API available? Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Is the implementation of tools in Python Scripts easy? Yes No Yes No. All types of analysis could be done, but some would need additional configurations and the use of SQL (e. g. difference of polygons or near distance analysis) Yes No, layers are treated as database tables; advanced SQL queries are needed for some tools
Previous experience of the team? Yes No No Yes No Yes