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Esri presentation at FOSS4G conference, 08 Sept 2010, in Barcelona. Recognition of the value of FOSS contributions, alongside commercial platforms. The IT world is not black/white; most large …

Esri presentation at FOSS4G conference, 08 Sept 2010, in Barcelona. Recognition of the value of FOSS contributions, alongside commercial platforms. The IT world is not black/white; most large deployments around the world are mixed FOSS and commercial. Here Esri presents several modest contributions to further the possibility of collaboration with FOSS developers: to build value-added extensions on a widely used platform.

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  • Last year (foss4g Sydney) Paul Ramsey, in his keynote talk, spoke about how open source providers should consider building full solutions and not merely software, and about how today almost all companies use and support some sort or another of open source software. He cited a quote from an article in a May 2009 issue of The Economist magazine. Let’s see it a bit more clearly (the video posted online was recorded from a camera phone!). <Next slide>
  • The part Paul showed is in yellow. But I think it’s interesting to see a larger portion of that samequote. From the FOSS perspective it is interesting to see that the value of open source is being recognized by industry. But on the other hand the FOSS community should not ignore the fact that this Economist article focuses on the BLEND, and in that sense they are reminding the world that collaboration among business models is happening everywhere. The world is not black and white, but rather shades of grey: a diverse ecosystem of people finding a variety of ways to make a difference and to solve real problems.
  • One way to look at this ecosystem is mixed source. In a recent paper by that name, researchers at the Harvard Business School –in fact the lead researcher is Catalan!– describe a useful distinction between open core and open extension in software development.
  • Here we have their categorization of software products. The core software can be open or closed, and the same for the software extensions. Now exactly which box each product belongs in is subject to some debate, but here we argue that ArcGIS occupies the lower left box. ArcGIS is a closed core platform, upon which open extensions can be, and are being, created.
  • Here is one example of an open extension: the Marine Geospatial Ecology Toolkit. This extension of ArcGIS is programmed in Python, integrates the R statistical package, and is freely available.
  • Recently the ESRI Geoportal team released an Open Street Map editor extension to ArcGIS desktop. Source code is provided.
  • Here we see OSM tiles served to ArcGIS Explorer Online, a free web application. The tiles are served mainly from University College London, where researchers are both OS developers and one of the 28 ESRI Development Centers (or EDCs) around the world. Once again, everything is mixed: shades of grey. The ESRI web platform brings OSM data to a wider audience and the OSM data adds value to the platform.
  • ESRI is one of the partners in the 52 North initiative, based in Muenster, Germany. 52 North has developed a sensor web extension to ArcGIS Server, again, adding value to the Server platform as well as extending the reach of the extension software. This synergistic collaboration helps to reach more people and to make more of a difference. For more details see attend the 52North paper presentations and visit us at the 52North booth.
  • Containerized shipping revolutionized the way we move cargo around the world, increasing flexibility, lowering costs, AND exploiting an established platform: rail and trucks. A successful transportation ecosystem.
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    • 1. Shades of Grey:Opportunity for Collaboration
      Michael Gould
    • 2. CollectiveEffort
      …expandingthereach, expandingtheimpact
      How can the collective efforts of FOSS and commercial GIS software be leveraged?
      Software engineering
      Standards and APIs
      Data sharing
    • 3.
    • 4. May 28, 2009 (print)
      “It is now generally accepted that the future will involve a blend of both proprietary and open-source software. Traditional software companies have opened up some of their products, and many open-source companies have adopted a hybrid model in which they give away a basic version of their product and make money by selling proprietary add-ons.”
    • 5. Ramon Casadesus-Masanell
    • 6. Extensions
      Open
      Closed
      Open Core
      Jasper Soft
      Sugar CRM
      Zimbra
      Mac OS X
      Open Source
      Red Hat Linux
      MySQL
      OpenSolaris
      Eclipse
      Open
      Base
      Proprietary
      MS Windows
      MS Office
      Oracle 11g
      SAP
      Open Extensions
      MSFT.Net
      Stata
      Mathematica
      Facebook
      Closed
    • 7.
    • 8.
    • 9. OSM Editor
    • 10.
    • 11.
    • 12. ArcGIS is Open
      Web Sharing (ArcGIS.com): Resources.maps, data, services, apps, OSM, others
      Open Platform Support: Linux, Apache, GDAL, python
      Open Standards
      W3C, OGC,ISO, …
      ArcGIS
      PartnerPrograms:NGOs, Developers (EDN)
      Open Specifications
      Shapefile, GeoServices REST Specification,
    • 13. esriDeveloper Network
      ArcGISsoftware at low cost, for development
      Special program for FOSS4G attendees
      EDN License free for 1 year
      Includes ArcGIS Server, Engine, Engine runtime, Mobile, Desktop, ….
      Follow-on: independent developer level of the Esri Business Partner program
    • 14. esri Non-Profit Program
      Announced at Gov 2.0
      Global program for qualified non-profit organizations
      Nominal prices, modeled after Esri schools pricing
      Increases uptake of your developments, on top of Esri technology platform that many are already using
      Additional opportunity for access to ArcGIS platform for developers and NGO users…
    • 15. Geoservices REST Specification
      . . . . White Paper published 7 September
      Open for all developers
      Exposes a strong and well documented API request structure
      Used in ArcGIS-Server and other, non-Esri GIS servers or processes
      Exposes server resources to a broad range of clients and applications
      Users of AGS web apps will be able to consume your services
      Proven specification- widely deployed ( thousands of ArcGIS Servers/Services)
      52 North working on supporting the specification on its FOSS server platform
    • 16. esri - Geoportal Extension
      Previously Geoportal Toolkit
      Since 2003 users received source code
      Beginning 2010 will be released as open source, on sourceforge or similar
      Does not require a local ArcGIS Server; can connect to ArcGIS Online services
      Linked to Geoportal Resource Center
      Developers can request to become committer to trunk
    • 17.
    • 18. Extending the reach of FOSS software
      Leveraging our platform and user community
      . . . . Helping Promote and Share Your Efforts
      Your Server
      App
      Your
      Desktop
      App
      Your
      Web
      App
      Your
      Mobile
      App
      ArcGIS
    • 19. esri is Commited to the FOSS Community
      Interested In partnershipsand Collaboration
      Software (Core and Applications)
      Standards
      Data Sharing
      Not black/white, shades of grey…
    • 20. THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION
      Visit us in the 52 North booth