For nearly all of last week, the Pole of Como Milan Polytechnic, users of GIS software across Europe (and beyond) attended the international gathering organized by OSGeo, the FOSS4G.
The OSGeo Foundation was created to give support to the development of collaborative software geographical (or geospatial) open source and to promote their use. OSGeo organizes these gatherings, whose acronym stands for Free and Open Source Software For Geospatial. (more details >>).
These days, I have confirmed my personal choice on the use of GIS software open source and I watched with pleasure to two main issues:
- the continuous development of software, well beyond the point that I myself could not imagine;
- land surveying, both of which mapping of environmental monitoring applications;
The evolution of webgis
Although not new, any intervention to FOSS4GE, had some reference to webgis. The webgis are tools of geospatial service accessible from the web and they are the direct reference, to study the territory. I confirmed that the webgis, not just portals with functions of GIS software accessible from the web with your favorite browser, but many different solutions in form and content, specific for collaborative work or to do mapping.
Only a few interventions had in the title OpenStreetMap, but in almost all the interventions it was present. Some used Google maps or official maps, but OpenStreetMap, is now a base mapping application, chances for the ease with which MapBox can render it with custom styles.
The people of FOSS4GE
Yes, we are! I renewed my subscription to GFOSS.it, who should be given credit for the success of several FOSS4GE. I saw that many have joined the association and it seems like we have exceeded 100 members throughout Italy. I missed a bit ‘to figure out who was the association or not, but I can assure you that they are people with whom it is pleasant to talk and are always available to explain which solution to choose, but also a reference point to discover the resources already available, to see, try and test. These days, I was also international, despite my bad English spoken, but perhaps when it comes to software or practical applications, we intend quickly. So from Romania and Portugal, I found myself arguing with a couple of people and I was very pleased, but also learned how to make an application for smartphones with data offline and create a virtual machine dedicated to OpenTripPlanner.