uDig is an open source desktop GIS development platform. It is also a working open source desktop GIS application.
A flexible application
As an application, uDig is designed to integrate well with as many GIS file formats, databases, and web services as possible. uDig offers a rich collection of desktop and internet GIS functionality to the end user:
A modular platform
As a platform, uDig provides modular Java development components for the Eclipse "Rich Client Platform" (RCP). These "plugin" components allow developers to embed geospatial intelligence in any Eclipse RCP application.
The uDig platform can also be customized with standard Eclipse RCP "plugins". Like a collection of Lego™ bricks, the uDig environment can be extended, or it can be used as an extension.
Open Source Company
Refractions Research sponsors and develops uDig as an open source project in collaboration with developers from around the world. Visit the uDig open source community site at udig.refractions.net.
Our uDig Projects
The British Columbia Ministry of Forests needed a tool to conflate multiple roads databases into a single working layer. Refractions delivered the algorithms and a user interface based on the uDig platform.
UN FAO needed a data collection tool that could run disconnected and didn't have a per-seat licensing cost. Refractions delivered a simple tool using the uDig desktop platform.
The Open Geospatial Consortium runs regular “testbed” projects to field-test new concepts in geospatial interoperability. Refractions was a part of the OWS-3 initiative, and built a uDig-based “GeoDSS” client to provide access to several other OGC standard services, including a prototype GeoVideo service.