Abstract of the FOSS GIS Presentation by Micha Silver

The adoption of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by both governments and the industry has seen constant growth over the last decade. Nearly all the widely deployed GIS software is proprietary and closed source. Open source developers have risen to the challenge and FOSS (= free and open source software) GIS software has also expanded and matured in parallel with proprietary applications, especially over the last 5 years. This talk will present several of the more popular "FOSS4G" projects, and how they fit into the framework of implementing a GIS. Installation options will be covered, and the capabilities and limitations of some of the software will be demonstrated.


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