Journal of Geographical Systems

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 191–207 | Cite as

Show me the code: spatial analysis and open source

  • Sergio J. ReyEmail author
Original Article


This paper considers the intersection of academic spatial analysis with the open source revolution. Its basic premise is that the potential for cross-fertilization between the two is rich, yet some misperceptions about these two communities pose challenges to realizing these opportunities. The paper provides a primer on the open source movement for academicians with an eye towards correcting these misperceptions. It identifies a number of ways in which increased adoption of open source practices in spatial analysis can enhance the development of the next generation of tools and the wider practice of scientific research and education.


Open source Spatial analysis 

JEL Classification

C21 C88 



Portions of this research were supported by National Science Foundation Grants BCS-0602581 and BCS-0433132. Previous versions of this paper were presented at the 2007 Association of American Geographers Meetings, the University of Southern California, Arizona State University and San Diego State University, where I received many valuable comments that have improved the arguments. I have also benefitted from the suggestions and comments of the anonymous reviewers and the Editors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geographical SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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