Development in Free Software as engine of change

Almost everything is ready for the 7as gvSIG Latin America and Caribbean seminars, which will be held in Mexico.

We find valuable the gradual addition of public institutions, which for year have been controlled by proprietary software, a process in most situations started from the implementation of international financing projects that tend to be tied to the use of specific brands. Changing this is not easy, if we consider the weakness in the public administration in terms of the turnover of qualified human resources and the influx of piracy, which is the other driving force.

The fact that these events are organized from the academy is extremely valuable, in this case the Faculty of Geography of the UAEM.


As a theme, it is being used «Development in free software as engine of change«, Quite appropriate for the Mesoamerican context, used to hearing the term« development »and that recalls failed efforts to force schemes not adapted to the context. Moving the OpenSource model as an incentive to provide a meeting place for technicians, researchers, developers, experts and users in general, is an interesting point that until now no one has been promoting in this way. It is expected that the local reception will gradually generate a fabric that maintains the balance between sustainability and "profit", which no one should fear and which, unfortunately, is necessary for everyone to win.

The topics are more than rich and useful for the entire Latin American context: electrical networks, remote archeology, road collisions, civil defense, criminal diagnosis, urban expansion. Surely the gvSIG Association is aware that so much wealth carries the risk of being atomized without a common thread that directs a strategic and intentional effort to develop solutions for generic use, without remembering that the problems in this context are almost the same.

Debating is good, exposing, teaching. It seems important to us that gvSIG is visible from successful use cases. We suggest that more force should be put into the ax of the systematization of experiences and processes, remembering that in these places the clean slate of institutional changes makes efforts lose the edge. Also because it is the ancestral custom of these lands to reinvent warm water, sometimes due to the lack of systematization, others due to pride.

Free geomatics is all the rage, and that's good. Beyond the geospatial areas, the academy has professionals who can bet on a strategic complement to the technical part, to land the spatial smoke on the heads of decision makers who take the instrumentation to public policies. 

The appointment is August 26, 27 and 28. You have to hurry because although entry is free, space is limited.

For now I advance the papers that are distributed in two parallel halls:

Thursday August 27

Application of gvSIG in environmental chemistry: georeferencing a pollution plume in a lagoon and assessing toxic human and environmental risk

gvSIG in the implementation of the cartographic module of the Mobile Application of the National Knowledge Management Network on Climate Change

Bivariate coropléticos maps and their potential for the visualization of space-themed relations

Java Mobile Application for geographic information retrieval

Determination of Potential Zones for Vegetable Species of Economic Importance in Mexico. Case study Temporary Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), by using gvSIG

Development of a tool for the calculation of Astronomical Azimuth in gvSIG

Methodological proposal for the development of an explicit spatial sensitivity index

Workflow for the publication of cartographic products from open sources

Identification of short circuits or proximity for the distribution and sale of agricultural products. A proposal with free software.

Geographic Information System of the

Municipality of Jesús María


Project Repubikla. Mapping, visualization and download tool through

From OSM

Determining the location of new distribution centers using an analysis application

spatial, using the gvSIG geographic information system and the Pyomo optimization language

GvNIX: Fast development of geoportals for visualization and data management

gvSIG na Gestão municipal dos usos multiplas no Complexo Estuarino Lagunar. Ilha Comprida-Cananéia / São Paulo / Brazil

GvCity. Municipal inventory and citizen participation with free software.


Road management through gvSIG Roads

Friday August 28

Location of optimum points for the construction of infiltration wells in the western zone of the Federal District

Script for gvSIG for criminal geographic targeting based on Rossmo's criminology algorithm

Estimating costs of direct tangible potential damages by Flood in

Housing areas Of the State of Mexico


Characterization of a cellular automaton for the Representation of the urban landscape From Culiacán, Sinaloa. Mexico.

Design and implementation of a platform to support the Territorial management CONAFOR

Python prototype for geospatial data modeling

Design and implementation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure as a basis for the Observatory of

Environmental and Territorial Sustainability

State of Sinaloa, Mexico

Integration and implementation of a Geoportal on Health (GEO-HEALTH) through the use of free software and possibilities of use through gvSIG


Methodology for the monitoring of Urban sprawl Worldwide


Development of a GIS WEB in free software on Criminal diagnosis

The National Employment Bank: A geographical perspective. Program of redistribution of the first job in Mexico through the concept of Time Bank.

Implantation of an Infrastructure of

Spatial Data in IUCN Mesoamerica

Usoção do gvSIG em Projetos de Defesa Civil no

Vale do Ribeira - São Paulo / Brazil

Use of GIS in the study of Road collisions. Jujuy, Argentina

Cooperative learning and popular education in

GvSIG Community

Generation of Mapfile (.map) files for the creation of applications with MapServer through the support of gvSIG

Prospecting Archaeological Remote In Mexico: The cases of Señorío de Palenque and El Tajín


Management of product and service <strong>standardisations</strong> electrical networks With gvSIG Tio Pujio Electricity Cooperative

More information

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One Reply to "Free Software Development as an engine of change"

  1. Hello,

    A little correction. The headquarters of the conference is in the UAEM, not in the UNAM (although the UNAM is one of the organizations that supports the event).

    Thank you for sharing the conference!

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