Is there any open-source library to aggregate detached polygons? I know that there is a tool in ArcInfo, but it is commercial.
if you have PostgreSQL, there is a sql function which have been writed from Dr. Horst Duester. he has two sql code, one is for Orthogonal Aggregation of Buildings and another is for non Orthogonal Aggregation... you can find sql codes here.
it determines edge of objects very good way with defination of threshold..and its query is so easy to use:
select aggregatepolygons(wkb_geometry, 50, true) from buildings group by art;
Orthogonal Aggregation of Buildings
Non Orthogonal Aggregation of Natural Objects
i hope it helps you...
Also, Sextante is a GIS library for Java. It may include that functionality - http://www.sextantegis.com/