Gilberto, > > In 2003, I did a F00S4G market survey and published the > results as a chapter of a US National Academy of Sciences book: > "Open Source GIS Software: Myths and Realities" > <www.dpi.inpe.br/gilberto/papers/camara_open_source_myths.pdf>. > > We analysed 70 FOSS4G software projects taken from the > FreeGIS list, and divided them into three categories: > networked products (e.g. GRASS), corporate products (e.g., PostGIS) > and individual products (e.g., CAVOR). From each product, > we assessed its maturity, level of support and functionality. > This is an interesting read. Are you aware of any follow up work? I'm particularly interested in perceptions of the impact that OSGeo may be having as an umbrella organisation. wrt Government involvement: - as Frank suggests, I suspect that governments would have more impact supporting a central group of applications rather than each one rolling their own. The problem is assessing and picking the appropriate applications and projects to support. - governments often have a tender process that they need to follow when implementing new systems. If OS products aren't proposed or well supported, they often don't get looked at. - many governments also have a large investment (in time, training, money, processes and data) in existing proprietary products and can't easily switch arbitrarily to a new product. - Having said this, I'm aware of many organisations that are disatisfied with the status quo and looking to the longer term to reduce vendor lock-in. One way that people are looking to do this is to specify support for Open Standards (e.g. ISO 19100 series and OGC) as a key requirement. Currently OSGeo projects offer some of the better support for these standards. I hope that this continues (though I have noticed some derisive comments about standards w****). wrt the Brazillian TerraLib toolkit mentioned in your paper: - I've had a quick look at the web site. The product appears to be quite mature and functional. - Has anyone from this list had a technical look at the products and like to share their observations? Can they be integrated with OSGeo apps? Do they support OGC standards etc? Bruce Bannerman Notice: This email and any attachments may contain information that is personal, confidential, legally privileged and/or copyright.No part of it should be reproduced, adapted or communicated without the prior written consent of the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the recipient to check for and remove viruses. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender by return email, delete it from your system and destroy any copies. You are not authorised to use, communicate or rely on the information contained in this email. Please consider the environment before printing this email.
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