FITT Toolbox: Open Source Business Model - Geosparc


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FITT Toolbox: Open Source Business Model - Geosparc

  1. 1. Open Source Business Case FITT– Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer – Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  2. 2. Protection and Openness IE event 5 oktober 2010 Dirk Frigne
  3. 3. Geosparc • European company based in Ghent • Active in GIS Software Industry • Owner of the open source web based GIS application framework Geomajas • Partner oriented organization • Commercially supports Geomajas • Offers service, SLA and licenses3
  4. 4. What is Geomajas • Extensible open source web-based GIS application framework, enabling integrated GIS solutions for businesses and governments. • It has an integrated client-server architecture, with a high focus on server-side data integration through GeoTools or Hibernate. • It applies your security and business logic on the server before anything is sent to the client, resulting in robust applications.4
  5. 5. Registration as protection • Describe the idea, same as with a patent • Unlike a patent do this by posting your code on the Internet • Disadvantage – (relatively) easy for fast followers – your own ideas are not patentable anymore • Advantage – You are the first and you can prove this – You can quickly develop your ideas – You discourage others (encourages them to you ...)
  6. 6. Claim your property
  7. 7. Openness results in opportunities •Competitive analysis is easy •Get users involved – New rules of competition •Nothing to hide – Stay alert
  8. 8. Community – 8
  9. 9. Geomajas and OSGeo 20 Projects worldwide All Categories 9
  10. 10. Further protection • Evangelize (convincing) • Cooperate (together strong) • Community building • Contributor License Agreement • contributorguide/html/master.html#cla • Modular principle (building on win win relationships)
  11. 11. Plug it in! Widgets Client Extend Commands Control Flexibility Core Server 11
  12. 12. Community – Top Contributors 12
  13. 13. The Future• Naast default FOSS implementatie – Voorzien in proprietary state of the art alternatieven (Mogelijke octrooiaanvraag voor onderdelen) – Win win relaties met strategische partners – Controle over de hele waardeketen• Further publication of new technology as FOSS• Besides default FOSS implementation – Provide state of the art proprietary alternatives (Possible patent application for components) – Win-win relationships with strategic partners – Control over the entire valuechain13
  14. 14. Conclusion• First results of FOSS protection are promising• Not for all programs • Geomajas is a framework • Middleware • Professional use• Combination with other protective measures are not excluded14
  15. 15. Q&A • • www.geomajas.org15