If you are new to GIS and mapping or just want to find out what tools are available, it can be confusing hunting around for the right ones. I’ve put together a list of tools and resources for various applications. I hope this guide will let you zero in on the the right tools you need and get started on your next project post haste! Want to hear what others are doing in the industry? NACIS is probably the most cutting edge GIS/Cartography conference running with a schedule featuring dozens of talks that address innovative and exciting techniques. Many of these are truly expanding the scope and advancing the state of the art for the industry. Additionally, FOSS4G NA features numerous technical talks, many of which hosted by the creators of some of the above tools. Interested in learning more? Visit a Maptime chapter near you and build your skills at their hands-on project nights. Source.