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Open Source geospatial software, and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

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  • Thanks to everyone for turning up. I work for Oxford Archaeology as an IT research and development officer. You might have some preconceptions about what an archaeology unit is- we don’t always work for universities, we’re not volunteers, and we have some fairly strong opinions about Time Team and Bonekickers. We are the largest commercial archaeological organisation in the UK, possibly in Europe, with 400 staff across 3 UK offices and 1 French. We have the same concerns over data management, efficiency, staff training and basically getting the job done as any other professional company. However, as it is important to us to maintain our records and data in perpetuity, as it’s the often the only record of what we have dug up, we have made the decision to embrace an “open” ethos: Open access to our data, open standards, and open source software where possible. This talk is an entirely personal exploration of the issues that have become clear to me over the last year or so as we try and move towards using entirely open source GIS.
  • Agi 2008

    1. 1. Open Source GIS in the UK Jo Cook Senior IT Support and Development Oxford Archaeology http://thehumanjourney.net [email_address]
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>What *is* happening? </li></ul><ul><li>Preconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Some highlights of open source GIS </li></ul><ul><li>Where's the data? </li></ul><ul><li>OK, I'm convinced, give me more </li></ul>
    3. 3. What *is* happening? <ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heritage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where else? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Preconceptions <ul><li>Lack of understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages of an open source approach </li></ul>
    5. 5. A modular approach
    6. 6. Highlights of open source GIS
    7. 7. <ul><li>gvSIG </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>PostgreSQL/PostGIS </li></ul>
    9. 9. Mapguide Open Source
    10. 10. But...
    11. 11. Where's the data? ” The Ordnance Survey MasterMap Award for 'Better Mapping' This award is to encourage innovative and stimulating map products derived from, and composed mainly of, Ordnance Survey's MasterMap data... ...Unfortunately, an award will not be made this year as ... there was minimal or no innovative use of OS MasterMap data. “
    12. 12. Here it is! Open Knowledge Foundation Openstreetmap Open Source Geospatial Foundation
    13. 13. And finally... <ul><li>peace </li></ul>Open Source GIS Give a chance!
    14. 14. Thank You! Jo Cook Senior IT Support and Development Oxford Archaeology http://thehumanjourney.net [email_address] Some useful websites: My blog (for a copy of this talk): www.archaeogeek.com The main website for OSGeo: www.osgeo.org The UK local chapter page: wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/United_Kingdom An overview of free GIS packages: www.freegis.org

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