Many many agree that among the best that were obtained in recent days was the magazine allusive to the event, which represents a great job not only in terms of content but also in graphic taste. For those who received it in printed format, it surely represents an invaluable collector's item such as those Obelix comics that we keep in an old but fine trunk and that remind us of a great gift from our father.
Reviewing its content, which by the way was published under Creative Commons, we can see various topics very well handled regarding the development of gvSIG, as well as interviews with people involved in its promotion and implementation from both academia and government agencies. Here is a summary of the best:
From the fourth day
You have been called Four years of advance, four years of illusion; And not to confuse what might be thought of word illusion, themes are developed that explain the history that happened, what is being done and where the project is heading. This stage of the document is structured around the following topics:
- Collaboration management
- Factory monitoring
- "Architecture" gvSIG
- Collaborative testing
- Tour 2008
These were carried out very carefully, so I see that they are planned to give you the visibility that the project deserves and to which the last year is notorious have put a lot of effort, this is worth to recognize the work of its strategist of communication.
Here I summarize some of the interviews just to bite the interest.
Juan Ernesto Ricket
Specialist in IDES, he is currently Chief of Technology of the Military Geographical Institute in Argentina and coordinator of the PROSIGA project. In the interview with Carlos Figueira Venezuelans speak of the importance that the use of free software is taking in state institutions, mainly municipalities of limited economic level. It is understandable why the September 2009 Conference will be in Argentina.
Very interesting the interview, in which in remarcado text reminds us that only Microsoft invoices 800 millions of dollars a year in Latin America, so that free software is not only an important alternative in the economy of governments but in the fight against Piracy that we have been saying for days we are like the Africans.
Beside Chris Puttick They speak from the European approach regarding the application of free software in state spaces, as well as the dissemination that those involved must play. It is worth saying that Alessandro has played an important role (if not all) in the Italian translation of the gvSIG manuals.
Antoni de la UOC talks about how free software should compete against other commercials such as INTERGRAPH and ESRI that have collaboration programs with different universities. It also focuses on the ethical, political and economic issue that prevails in educational centers for the promotion of collaborative solutions such as free software and where University students have interesting potential.
The interview is extensive, and together with Lluís Vicents from the UNIGIS master's team, good reflections and contributions from the university point of view are smoked.
Almost at the end an interview with Juan Antonio Bermejo that explains why they came to the selection of gvSIG as a working tool in the projects related to the Geographic Information of the Island Council of La Palma, they are also consulted with some suggestions that would come in benefit of the next days.
What for, the magazine is very good. At the end they talk about the trends that can be observed on the web regarding gvSIG, among them the Google application called “Insights”, which shows the growth that the term gvSIG has had and the countries of origin based on keywords.
Then also with Google Trends, they show how growth has behaved with respect to competition terms such as Geomedia, ArcView, Mapinfo and you would be surprised to see what the graphs reflect. For now I leave the pike, take a look at The gvSIG page Because I do not think they take too long to have the pdf version for download if they took it as creative commons.