This week I will have a technical meeting of a Project that is considering gvSIG as an alternative to implement in municipalities where they execute a Territorial Ordinance project that covers part of Central America.
Already in Latin America different experiences are being heard in the use of gvSIG, in this case I would like to mention one of those that happened in Guatemala, possibly the first one in the Central American region.
The systematization of experiences should be one of the best tools that gvSIG can use to disseminate and promote this tool because it will not be free for any municipality. There is a cost not only in the implementation but also in the sustainability due to many weaknesses of the Latin American context, which varies by country but which generally ranges between the economic limitations of the municipalities and the instability of the human resource due to the limited application of policies for the promotion of public careers. It seems that international cooperation could play an important role in this, as I said That document, Which for now seems to be unavailable.
Perhaps the most valuable of this experience in Sacatepéquez is the creation of instruments that can be useful, either for replication or for improvement. There is hanging on the web of gvSIG medium old but current in terms of their positions, a presentation by Fabián Rodrigo Camargo in the 3as. November gvSIG seminars at 2007 in which it reflects the results obtained in this project in Guatemala.
Additionally, from this experience, Camargo returned to the community a very adequate presentation to teach a gvSIG course, which can be a good complement to the manual when teaching a course, I have used it. The maps and data necessary to perform the practice exercises are also included.
This project was supported by the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity, with the Association of Municipalities of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Surely it was useful, if not contemporary, what Moisés Poyatos did, in close to 100, municipalities that are always from Guatemala in the project of Democratic Municipalities and from which I hope to speak at another time.
It is the systematization of processes or experiences that can prolong the life of efforts made, very clever the summary that shows the methodology used, although it must also be complicated because of what was gvSIG 1.1 so far many things have been integrated. To give an example, to personalize the Reference System, it is possible from the 1.3 and the case of Guatemala, it has its own SRS, although with the 1.9 Some are still being broken in the lists because apparently the reprojection of data in the views is not consistent.
The implementation of free software in public management in developing countries is an operational and economic alternative.
It allows to diminish the "technological gap", that along with other factors affects the development.
Fabián Camargo - GIS Consultant
I summarize the conclusions, which seem to me to be very correct and valid today ... and who knows whether for several years.
- The implementation of GIS in developing countries is a need of its own and a constant demand from international development cooperation agencies
- The existence of GIS in municipalities attracts researchers and offers advantages to the private company that executes public works.
- Training is essential before and during GIS implementation projects
- Free Software Saves Economic Limitation in Acquiring Licenses
- The user communities, Mailing lists, etc. represent the support that organizations seek when implementing free software
- Although GIS in these countries are young, from the beginning they must consider the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) approach
- The existence of data in other formats is valuable, although poor in cartographic quality is very rich in reference information.
The days to be held in September this year in Argentina Are the result of the results in Latin America, which are complemented by efforts such as the Venezuela but possibly that this year one of the suggestions of the event will be the creation of events in other environments of the continent where there are already seeds that others left. And although there have been days (formal or informal), a day in Guatemala with a Central American, Caribbean and Mexican scope for the 2010 year would not hurt.
There I tell you about the effort that these guys will make, that because I know a lot about their dedication and ability I know that they will be able to do a great role with gvSIG. Here you can To lower Camargo's presentation.