Computer program for plotting distributional data.

Arthur Chapman taxacom2 at ACHAPMAN.ORG
Mon Sep 26 15:07:33 CDT 2005


I recommend you try Diva-GIS.  It was developed for just this purpose.  Version 5.2 has just been released.

This is a free GIS program, very easy and intuitive to use and includes some good documentation.

It also includes some inbuilt bioclimatic modelling algorithms, and has recently incorporated some very useful data quality checking routines (e.g. some outlier detection algorithms that use climate to detect outliers.

It can be downloaded from  This site also includes some good data layers that will make your work very easy.


Arthur D. Chapman
Australian Biodiversity Information Services.

>From Marc Branham <MABranham at IFAS.UFL.EDU> on 26 Sep 2005:

> Hello All,
> I am looking for a computer program that will plot points (collecting
> localities) on maps of  various regions of the world by entering lat.
> and
> long. coordinates. I know of several programs that will work for areas
> within the United States, but I need one that also covers regions
> outside
> of the U.S.. Ideally, I would like the output to be points plotted on a
> black and white line drawing of map showing political boundaries.
> I know that ArcView can do this, but that it is very expensive and has a
> steep learning curve. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions?
> Best wishes,
> Marc
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