I think a better plan of attack is to say that they (students) need proficiency 
in multiple pieces of software, both open and proprietary in nature.  Each 
piece of software, no matter who makes/sells it, has it’s pros and cons for use.

Making students aware of the options is the bigger part of the equation.  
Showing how the new tool(s) can be integrated into a common software processing 
chain is a good approach to inserting new/open tech into the discussion.  A lot 
harder to argue against as well.  Some still do though, but it’s not as easy to 
flatly discount options this way.


On Dec 15, 2016, at 1:07 PM, Markus Weidenbach 
<<>> wrote:

Dear List,

I was asked to give a 5 days international GIS training course at the 
university and proposed to do it with QGIS. The program leader finally insisted 
on doing it with ArcGIS arguing  that the students had better chances to find a 
job knowing ArcGIS rather than QGIS. This argumentation does not reflect my 
long professional experience as a GIS consultant at all!
But how can I proof that knowing QGIS is the better choice for young GIS 
professionals than ArcGIS (or at least that both systems are equally suited)?
Does anybody know any official numbers of GIS users worldwide or on the 
worldwide application of QGIS over ArcGIS?

I know the Master thesis from Boku Vienna 
( but it is 
focused on a technical comparison of both systems only.
Also the link is not 
really helpful because it is based on some 40 reviews only and therefore not 
I really need to know some proven facts on the number of global QGIS users and 
renown companies using QGIS worldwide.

Thanks for your help in advance,

Dr. Markus Weidenbach<>
Geographical Information Management
and Environmental Planning
D-77815 Bühl
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