In these days a webinar on gvSIG will be provided to learn more about the project. Although a strong objective of this is the Portuguese-speaking market, as it is done within the framework of the MundoGEO event, its scope will go further, so we take the opportunity to analyze some of the figures that I have assimilated in my experience.
GvSIG has become the most widespread Geographic Information System in the Spanish-speaking context and possibly the project with a more aggressive internationalization strategy that seeks sustainability in the community rather than sponsorship. Despite being a tool clearly prioritized as desktop GIS, 100,000 downloads of the same version constitute an interesting number of users from 90 countries and with translation into 25 languages. Its greatest potential lies in its focus as a lightweight client of Spatial Data Infrastructures (IDEs) in which it can complement projects that take advantage of the potential of other Open Source tools.
I have talked about this on several occasions, so I suggest the GvSIG content index, now let's check where those users are, using for this almost 2,400 queries that I have received in Geofumadas in the last months, where the word gvSIG is included as a keyword.
The chart shows the countries where the consultations came from. For some reason it is costing me to include Spain for reasons of character encoding, as they do not believe that it is as simple to put a graphic as this in a blog entry, with HTML5; the Ratio shown below is displayed when the mouse is passed.
At first glance you can see how it has spread gvSIG Latin America and Spain, but see how they also get consultations from European countries and other continents up to where projects will have driven gvSIG although they do not speak Spanish there is the target Geofumadas.
In the consciousness of those who are gvSIG
Now let's see this other graph, where you can see the positioning that the gvSIG has achieved. For this I have considered the number of searches but I have created a comparison ratio for each million internet users that each country has (not inhabitants). The red is the ratio, the blue the number of searches within the sample of the 2,400 queries.
Interesting to Spain are Uruguay, Paraguay, Honduras and Bolivia.
Then a second block where are El Salvador, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Venezuela.
And then Panama, the Dominican Republic, Chile and Argentina.
Each one can make its conclusions, but the fact is that the best positioning occurs in countries with scarce economic resources, although a noise causes the little Internet access that causes the ratio to increase. This is often more than obvious, but it is also encouraging since these are the countries where they occur higher piracy rates. Where also the presence of proprietary GIS has fewer large companies; as we see Peru, Argentina and Chile despite having active communities of gvSIG users, they have companies that work very hard pressing projects to implement non-open source platforms, Esri mainly.
Where there are more gvSIG users
And finally look at this graphic. This is where the gvSIG users are per country, using a percentage ratio of the same number of visits that used gvSIG as keyword.
Half of users are in Spain, where although it is not the only free tool, positioning in companies offering training, universities and user communities is worthy of a particular review.
Then there is an 25% that is occupied by Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela; Apart from being countries with many millions of users on the Internet, the communities of gvSIG users have also contributed to the Foundation, especially Venezuela and Argentina.
Then Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Uruguay that together add another 10%.
It is clear that this is an analysis of the Hispanic users, since the 98% of the traffic of Geofumadas is Hispanic speaking. Sure other sites fill the Italian, French and other European traffic that is also growing because of the proximity and user communities. To the extent that the tools are disseminated and appropriate communities and institutions solid, the Foundation will have a break from common concerns that haunt us all as:
To what extent is it possible for a crisis in Europe to affect the source of funding that still feeds the project?
Of course, the best defender of gvSIG should be the users that bet on freedom based on equitable and sustainable competitiveness. Nor should we forget the share of pride we must have (despite the individual disagreements we may have), the internationalization of a tool that was born in our Hispanic context should bring us satisfaction.
To learn more about the gvSIG Project, you can subscribe to the Webinar that will be on Tuesday 22 de Mayo