WS11: Introduction to Open Source Geospatial
Trainers: Arnulf Christl (Metaspatial)
Schedule: Monday Morning 9-13
Free and open source geospatial software has matured in recent years and is being used by a wide range of commercial and government organizations for many mission-critical applications. If your organization is paying for geospatial software / GIS and you haven’t yet evaluated whether open source software has a role to play, you owe it to yourself and your organization to attend this event and find out more.
We’ll address common questions and misconceptions about open source software, including:
- Is the software really free? (Yes)
- Do its capabilities really compare with proprietary software that I pay money for? (Yes)
- Can I get support for it? (Yes)
- Can it work together with my existing proprietary software? (Yes)
The event is mainly targeted at users, developers and managers involved with geospatial software / GIS who haven’t yet had significant involvement with open source, but it will provide a good overview for anyone interested in learning more about geospatial open source.
The day will work equally as a standalone event, or as a way of getting up to speed to get the most out of the subsequent FOSS4G conference, which will provide 3 more days where you can get into much more detail, hear about more projects, and meet the leading developers and companies working in open source geospatial.
Tags: OSGeo, osgeo incubation, introduction, licenses, Open Source, Free Software