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Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who came along to our session on Open Source Software for Archaeology at the Scotlands Community Heritage Conference at Birnam. What a fantastic weekend! For those of you who didn't make it or missed out on the pre-loaded data sticks, here's what we gave out. Please feel free to take our documents and use as you please - distribute, remix and share with others. Apologies for the jumbo file sizes - zipped folders are a rather inelegant solution - I shall endeavour to improve on this and add more content and advice notes over the coming weeks. Both PC's and Macs have built in Zip support so you should be able to open them by double clicking on the file once it's downloaded. Alternatively, you could use 7zip or Winzip's trial software for PC's or try Stuffit for Mac. Have fun!

Documents and Data Downloads

Software Downloads

The two main software packages we discussed during the workshop were QuantumGIS (aka QGIS) and GIMP.

QGIS is an Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. It is 'platform independent', so unlike many commercial GIS programs, you can install it on your Mac, Linux, Unix or Android system, as well as your PC. In the first instance, we've provided a direct download link to QGIS for Windows PC's - this is easy to install and all the components are bundled together. For Mac users the installation process is a little trickier, but we'll work up some installation notes and post those soon. Ditto Linux.

GIMP is an image manipulation software package. It's a doddle to download for PC's and Mac and often comes preloaded on Linux systems.