The 2014 predictions of the geofumado context: Paul Ramsey

Beginning January, Paul Ramsey released his predictions for this year in the geospatial field; Taking into account that it is someone who has been in this environment for more than 10 years and that the result of their contributions to open source software received in 2008 the Sol Katz Award presented by the OSGeo Foundation, we bring it in transliterated version.

Ten years ago, when PostGIS was just in its 0.8 version, the world was fresh and new, I was totally convinced that our industry was on the cusp of the open source revolution. When people were able to try new, flexible, new tools to build systems and naturally discarded their archaic proprietary software and quickly began to move to a more enlightened existence. I was excited, I felt the geofumada of what was coming.

And always, almost every year since the 2000 someone announced, somewhere, with all the soul that (finally) «This year will be the year of Linux desktop«.

Something strange happened on the way in the open source revolution. It turned out more than that. Overall, the change has been slow, gradual, but always in the direction of more cases of open source use.

So, in the expectation of what can happen in a new year of the open-world geospatial world, my predictions may be unwise - The big things are going to change little, but at the borders we will have important changes:

Paul ramseyOracle will announce that customers are losing to PostgreSQL. Although MySQL is always in the press media as "the open source database", it has been PostgreSQL that has had the entrepreneurial capabilities from the start to go hand in hand with the greats. As Oracle continues to increase maintenance prices to please Wall Street, customers are beginning to think about the unthinkable: Maybe it's time to re-evaluate your database standard.

The freshest will continue the open source in the foundations. Whether it's running on Linux, GDAL capability with satellite images from PlanetLabs or the latest Android tablets, the coolest will be on the shoulders of open source and the rest is profit.

Most of the open source action will be in JavaScript. Juan mentioned that the programming for the geospatial field is increasing towards the polyglot, but the open source arena right now is the JavaScript world, both at the client and server level. There is a lot of noise and furor there. Part of it does not mean anything, but some of this is setting the standards that we will be using over the next decade. JavaScript reminds me of circa-2005 Java: multiple projects, with similar functional objectives, competing design philosophies, and enormous potential. The separation of noise signals in these types of contexts leads to real experience, so I am happy that we have some of the best and brightest JavaScripters in the geospatial world on our team.

PaaS will join open source in a natural evolution. And since I'm just beginning to know the platform as a service (PaaS), I perceive that it has both the promise of open source and the same learning curve. As a result, things will fall by their own weight, will slowly be integrated into the core of IT, although we experienced will reach it and the next generation will move to operational tasks. And since PaaS is Open Source by definition, the growth in the cloud and the components for the construction of systems will be maintained and will boost open source.

The development of iterative open source style will gain more ground. The public failure of the healthcare.gov site and the cascading trend of the methodology can only be good for good development. There are already a lot of capabilities in companies, but it is still something that only "progressive" organizations do, it is not generality. The more people think about technology in open source forms (which is a process, not a product, it is about change management, not reaching a final state), the better open source will be.

Organizations will long to work with OpenStreetMap, and some will find the way. While licenses will continue to limit many public organizations to participate, others will make amends and begin to integrate OSM into their workflows. The lucky ones will receive the endorsement of their lawyers to work with OSM directly. In the less fortunate case, OSM will be used as a thread to keep updated maps ... ???? .

Boudlesss will integrate more open source technologies into its OpenGeo Suite, making it even easier to boot with enterprise geospatial systems. Well, that was easy since Eddie already mentioned it, But I also have my own reasons.

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