Open geospatial analytics with PySAL

Sergio J. Rey, Luc Anselin, Xun Li, Robert Pahle, Jason Laura, WenWen Li, Julia Koschinsky

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This article reviews the range of delivery platforms that have been developed for the PySAL open source Python library for spatial analysis. This includes traditional desktop software (with a graphical user interface, command line or embedded in a computational notebook), open spatial analytics middleware, and web, cloud and distributed open geospatial analytics for decision support. A common thread throughout the discussion is the emphasis on openness, interoperability, and provenance management in a scientific workflow. The code base of the PySAL library provides the common computing framework underlying all delivery mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-836
Number of pages22
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2015


  • CyberGIS
  • High performance computing
  • Open source software
  • Spatial analysis
  • Spatial decision support systems
  • Spatial econometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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