It has been a very active year in the gvSIG days, we have had in Italy, United Kingdom, France -In the framework of francophone countries-, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil - of Latin America - and as is tradition, here is the edition of Open Planet that accompanies the recent international gvSIG days. But its content is not tradition, I build the article using some of the quotes that have seemed insurmountable to me, that resemble the slogan and campaign that the gvSIG Foundation has held In recent months:
But we believe that it is not enough, that it is necessary to go a step further. And so it is, as a project we want and we work to conquer new spaces, spaces not yet won by free geomatics and reserved for those who speculate with the monopoly of knowledge. Has arrived
The moment of not conforming, to continue working and organizing so that knowledge, technology, and geomatics are a universal good, available to all. Without giving up anything
The magazine nit seems a valuable systematization of the principles that the Association is betting on, taking into account that those who must change the disc first is the users, who in a large majority do not have the opportunity to attend a day with luxury of content as it was the recent ones. It also seems consistent with the next step, in continuity with the principles that remind us of the names of the previous days:
- We share knowledge
- Building Realities
- We keep growing
- Consolidate and move forward
- Moving forward together
- To know to transform
Actually, the bet is a strong challenge, even many would consider it an illusion. But the current situations remind us that a few years ago the gvSIG we now have was also a dream in the head of a few; and I don't mean software but a project with a vision of sustainability based on the internationalization and implementation of a new collaboration model. As Gabriel Carrión says, «7 years ago they believed that we were going to crash with our own will ... but to this day we have managed to reach a point that seemed to be unfeasible. As the motto of the second days was saying, we are "building realities".
I myself have been a critic for some time of what In my opinion has been the weakness of OpenSource projects: Sustainability. But I must admit, not only for the facts but for my pessimistic perceptions of a while ago, that to listen to the warmth with which the users talk about how they got together with gvSIG in Italy, Russia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Bolivia is a valuable incentive for the maturity that the community has achieved. That community that we all conform, from our different contexts:
... geographic, linguistic, users, developers, companies, universities; The technicians and the managers ... a sum that forms a collective that pushes forcefully in each one of its plots in pursuit of the common interest.
The best that this edition brings are the experiences of users, I am pleased with the initiative of Mexico where surely you have to enter with great force, know that the door has been opened through the Universidad Veracruzana de Xalapa ... we will see what happens because much of what happens in Mexico replicates in Central America almost by inertia. I also find the project "La Pala y el Melón" interesting, which at the initiative of an 10 year old girl will give important lessons not only to Costa Rica but to the entire continent.
I recommend downloading the magazine, reading it, enjoying it and although we each live in a different environment, there are many things to learn there.
What prevents free software from becoming a real option in all professional fields?
Working with free software but maintaining proprietary software schemes is not a good practice ...
To seek that SMEs that bet on free software stop being seen exclusively as competition between them ...
Will the gvSIG Association be an association that responds to the new model?
The truth is that at a technical or technological level, the community has proven to be up to the task. Now we are working on taking the next step towards the business organization; in this the challenge is undoubtedly complex but we all agree with the Foundation's thinking: it is better to go together, or as Aesop said it best, 2,600 years ago: "Unity is strength".
Now it becomes interesting, consolidation and acceptance of models. The word «Collaborate» is at stake, which we see clearly in the service providers, with whom I believe high fidelity and benefits will be achieved in both ways after hard work and understanding of divergences -And sure some tolerance-. However, there is a fabric to cut, as is the case with us who play the trumpet so that others know, and we respond to a community that asks not only for free solutions but also -And mostly- by proprietary solutions; here you will have to find interesting alliances and balance, since no one seeks to kill anyone but everyone competes on equal terms; without stopping being "collaborators".
Collaborate is to move away from proprietary software?
I am aware that the largest number of users who visit Geofumadas, work with AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Microstation or Google Earth, I am also aware that many of them make illegal use of licenses. But I am also convinced that having a large audience is the best place to make known on equal terms the benefits of both proprietary and open software; because (for now) the first is necessary for the sustainability of the sector and the second is the model that will change our way of seeing business in the next 15 years.
The geospatial case is enviable, because the GIS solutions have exceeded the expectations of the brand software, but the field of engineering is broad and to this day free CADs are far from being a strong competition, let alone engineering ...
Right at this time, we more or less understand where the OpenSource will go, as we also understand that both models (it is the challenge) will coexist in the future, although little by little in equal conditions. It may sound difficult for some to think so, but it is the same as if we thought that in the future there will be Open Source Hardware, Crazy !, that we thought 15 years ago.
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