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Protection and Openness IE event 5 oktober 2010 Dirk Frigne
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
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
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 ...)
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
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