Reproducibility package for: Reproducibility and Practical Adoption of GEOBIA with Open-Source Software in Docker Containers

Knoth, C., Nüst, D., 2017. Reproducibility and Practical Adoption of GEOBIA with Open-Source Software in Docker Containers. Remote Sensing 9, 290. doi:10.3390/rs9030290


docker load --input qgis-model_rs-jonjona.tar
docker run --name rs-jonjona -it nuest/qgis-model:rs-jonjona
docker cp rs-jonjona:/results /tmp/jonjona-results
tree /tmp/jonjona-results

# InterIMAGE - Linux only!
docker load --input interimage.tar
xhost +
docker run -it --rm -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix -e DISPLAY=unix$DISPLAY -e uid=$(id -u) -e gid=$(id -g) -v $(pwd):/home/data nuest/interimage:1.27 ./interimage
xhost -


  • APACHE-LICENSE-2.0.txt: full text of code license
  • cc-by-4.0-legalcode.txt: full text of text license
  • creation script for this package
  • example-analysis.log: log output of an example execution
  • output files of an example execution
  • instructions-ui.pdf: step by step instructions for reproducing the QGIS workflow with a user interface
  • source code for the InterIMAGE-based workflow (i.e. a clone of
  • interimage.tar: Docker image serialization (tarball) of InterIMAGE container
  • qgis-model_rs-jonjona.tar: Docker image serialization (tarball) of QGIS container for the Jonjona use case
  • source code and data for the QGIS-based workflow, including Dockerfiles and the actual workspace (i.e. a clone of; the model and data are in workspace/rs-jonjona
  • this file
  • source code and installers for all required software in the versions current when conducting the research

How to reproduce QGIS analysis from the paper - command line

Software used in the analysis

The used software and detailed versions of all tools and libraries used in the OBIA method are listed in the example output log file example-analyis.log.

Install software for command line reproduction

You can install Docker Engine based on these online instructions.

Just to be on the save side the software packages current when creating this package were saved in the archive Docker is available as source in software/docker and as installers for all major platforms (docker-engine-*.{deb,rpm,exe,pkg}).

Load the images

You can load the images from locally created copies (based on docker save) with docker load.

docker load --input qgis-model_rs-jonjona.tar

Start a container

docker run --name rs-jonjona -it nuest/qgis-model:rs-jonjona

Extract the result files

docker cp rs-jonjona:/results /tmp/jonjona-results
tree /tmp/jonjona-results

You can now open the created output shapefiles (.shp) in your favourite GIS for further inspection.

How to reproduce QGIS analysis from the paper - UI

Install software for UI-based reproduction

First, install Docker Engine (see above).

Second, you can run Kitematic using installers or run it from source.

Run installed Kitematic

Install Kitematic using provided installers for Linux and Windows from the archive (for Linux use Kitematic_0.12.9-amd64.deb, for Windows extract and run kitematic.exe).

Follow the Kitematic Instructions to start the software.

Run Kitematic from source

You can also run Kitematic from source using the appropriate npm and Node.js versions (easiest installed on Linux with nvm, or install version 4.1.x directly).

nodejs --version
cd software/kitematic
npm start
# close application with Ctrl+C

Start a container from UI

In the Kitematic UI, execute the steps as described in instructions-ui.pdf.

How to reproduce InterIMAGE attempts from the paper

The InterIMAGE analysis could not be completed, as no script-based execution is possible. It is possible (on Linux host machines!) to start InterIMAGE within a container, display the user interface, and use the tool as if it is running on the host. This requires to share the X11-server between host and container, which is a potential security risk.

# load the image from tarball
docker load --input interimage.tar

# enable xhost sharing for anyone
xhost +

# start the container: after this command the InterIMAGE UI is displayed on the host computer and the current directory is accessible under the path /home/data
docker run -it --rm -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix -e DISPLAY=unix$DISPLAY -e uid=$(id -u) -e gid=$(id -g) -v $(pwd):/home/data nuest/interimage:1.27 ./interimage

# disable xhost sharing
xhost -

How this package was created

This package was created by the bash script, executed in the directory this file is located.


Code in this package is published under the Apache License, Version 2.0, unless noted otherwise.

This file is published under CC BY 4.0 (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International).

Copyright 2017 Daniel Nüst and Christian Knoth.