It is nice to know that gvSIG has received an international award during the recent Europa Challenge.
This award provides the opportunity for projects that bring innovation and sustainable solutions to the global community. Of course, if they add an added value to the INSPIRE Initiative And use available technology from NASA World Wind.
The virtual globe Existed a few years ago in stand alone version, with a lot of similarity with Google Earth and advantages in aspects like OGC service load and functionalities that the popular toy of Google only had in the paid version. It was only possible to install on Windows, although there was a version for Linux; eventually World Wind behaved and Was led to an SDK To be used by the development community in which different branches are now maintained, such as the Geoforge, Dapple, SERVIR-VIZ, Punt and WW2D projects.
As an incentive to continuity, in recent years NASA in the INSPIRE context has implemented the Europa Challenge Award, which we are now pleased to see targeted and gaining the nascent GIS software in the most widespread Hispanic environment to date.
GvSIG winnings with this award
The gvSIG Foundation has been happy to bet on the Synergy, presenting the use they have given to the SDK of NASA World Wind, and they have presented it in the FOSS4G Europe Developed last week in Italy.
The prize comes to give an interesting encouragement to gvSIG, which for several years has remained visible and growing within the framework of the free days, reaching beyond its incubation environment. Apart from the Latin American context, where gvSIG has found an interesting niche, other environments such as the Russian and Italian communities that maintain significant activity draw attention.
The bad news always remains, but the good news does not always add up.
We are pleased to predict that this news will certainly add, mainly because it comes just two months after we woke up the surprise that Jorge Sanz was withdrawing from Prodevelp. We know that people are substitutable in companies, but we are also convinced of the lack they make when they are a positive contribution to the communities in which they participate, especially if the new challenges imply restrictions that were almost an obsessive hobby. I could not find a way to mention the loss of the Xurxo from this side, but after the respect I maintain for their professionalism and enthusiasm for collaboration, whether we like it or not, we will miss him. We also hope you can keep active in what you know how to do and that you could only define it as: Add from the pragmatic enthusiasm.
In a preliminary conclusion, the Europa Challenge award gives visibility to gvSIG, which for now has strong challenges by looking for more sponsoring institutions that can do what the community does not do by itself and that requires guiding vision, especially in development, rather than training and implementation that by now are already quite and growing.
Perspectives and aspirations
It does not stop worrying as the visibility of gvSIG in the Google trends reached its plateau and better moment during the 2009 and 2011 years, but in the last three years it has been falling. This must be reflected in the amount of software downloads, activity of the communities and therefore developers; I mean both the formal ones from the Academy or subsidized investment and the hairy ones doing code from rooms full of smoke and beer.
For our part we believe that gvSIG will maintain a line of stability in the community that loves Java and the free code. Although the management of economic resources, alliances and promotion of the development of functionalities suggested by the impatience that can grow the visibility in the Anglo-Saxon environment will be a strong challenge. Especially at the level of end users who search the Internet for other people's opinions.
It sure is not easy to be behind statistics, but for that is benchmarking, much more in free code contexts. The impact of not having the same economic resources as 5 years ago, losing high-value technical resources or facing economic recession in the context of strategic partners could be offset by reorienting common sense strategies that seem to be working with the sister project (QGIS ) Which, as of 2011 has managed to grow at disproportionate levels, as shown by the joint graph of the two tools.
In terms of sustainability, we should not let go even a slight opportunity. As an example, it is necessary to take a look at what is happening with the cooperation projects in America Lagina promoted by bilateral, multilateral or debt restructuring funds, coming from Europe that little knowledge or will have in gvSIG; It would not be bad to review what is happening with the message you are receiving.
We must clarify that in the ecosystem of free solutions, this is not a competition but a complementarity. gvSIG exists for Java and QGIS for C ++, both for multiplatform; A GIS project for Java will always be necessary, as long as it maintains that enviable position in the development environments. It is also interesting that the OpenSource model and the development of collaborative communities have never been so provisional as they are today; you just have to see the blow that traditional schemes have given initiatives such as OpenStreetmap, Wikipedia, WordPress, to name a few. But we must also be aware that in the globalized world we live in today, lifting the decline curve of the life cycle of a product is only possible by supporting in a balanced way the few legs on which open source technology businesses are based: Capital, innovation and the community.
We believe that the strategy of synergizing with NASA's World Wind SDK is a valuable step to avoid investing resources in developing something that is already there and that does not require redoing from scratch. We also believe that initiatives such as this have been possible for a long time (talking about the continuity of the OSGeo incubation process and synergies with geek acceptance libraries) and that beyond resource optimization is an interesting decision for synergies of global value.
Outside of looking pessimistic in part of the article, we seek to convey a constructive analysis. We extend our congratulations to all gvSIG users who have supported their growth with great effort. Congratulations to the promoters for this success to the innovation that, surely will bring fruits of visibility and new alliances.
Further information: GvSIG Foundation Blog