Who moved my cheese?

Geoinggformatics postgis I really like Geoinformatics, apart from being a magazine with great taste of layout, the contents are very good in geospatial matters. Today the April version has been announced, from where I have taken some texts Highlighted in red To motivate them to the succulent reading.

En previous versions I made a review, today I have taken as the theme of the post a brief but very profound article about the resistance to change that exists in making the leap towards open source technologies. It is based on that old story of the mouse that was about to die because his cheese was over and looking for another source was against his principles; I just thought that "They had moved his cheese."

Pq cheese And is that many times those who dare to mention the words "gpl", "open source", "free", "gnu" or similar tend to be seen as aliens from a space capsule with an eye on the forehead. We are so used to seeing the Windows logo that everything that does not run on this dinosaur seems to be complicated, statistics show, people prefer Internet Explorer to Mozilla, to give an example. In this edition of Geoinformatics we continue talking about open technologies, in this case PostGIS And their ability to work with databases, which seems to us a good campaign as they had previously shown to GvSIG y Quantum GIS.

In my last years I have tested using "non-conventional" programs such as manifold, Microstation, GvSIG e IntelliCAD; the results have been the same and even better but this has caused me to be seen as "complicated". I admit it, I tend to be, but it is necessary to consider that in this life you should look for innovation, as long as it is not so extreme Taken from the hair; I like Eric Van Rees's editorial when he hints "what could Google Earth be thinking, maybe under the surface".

I am aware, the world of PC to Linux will not change in many years and maybe never, but the open source technology is a theme that is playing in many countries with great force and unless new business models emerge that overcome the major crisis cyclical, time will prove us right. If not, as a soccer coach said, we gain experience.

Pq cheeseOne of these days people must understand that you can not live by hacking AutoCAD, that there exists IntelliCAD with a much lower price and even QCad to a symbolic value; Of course, if you have the money and the honor you have to buy from AutoDesk. It is also necessary to understand that 300 municipalities can not pay an ArcGIS Server license for $ 35,000, nor do they all need it (or the other extensions), but that it is possible to do the same (or more) with alternatives of economic use such as Manifold, Global Mapper, gvSIG, QGis or Grass. I like a reflection by James Fee that ironically says “¿Ftp access is the best you can do? "

In the end, we may spend time and talk about it, it is likely, but those who try new ways to do the same at a lower price gain the advantage of learning more on their own. I love the insistence of Geoinformatics in this edition, for making a cult of self-taught intuition as a need of man.

That these technologies are Popularize, Is in doubt.

…for now.


Oh, take a look at the magazine, which talks about:

  • Geoinggformatics postgis The Trimble Juno SC
  • How is GIS education in schools?
  • CityGML, a standard in practice
  • Good practices in the implementation of GIS, a new publication of ESRI
  • Integration of GIS and GRID in disaster management

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