FOSS4G – North America 2012: Summary for Day 3 and Other Summaries

This is the third and last of my summary entries on FOSS4G-NA 2012.

First, here are other pertinent summaries I found on the blogosphere;

Reminder: here's my notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.

Day 3


RadiantBlue – OMAR

  • OMAR = Open Mapping ARchive
  • About 20 people supporting and developing their open source software, another proof that this business model can work
  • Web-based polished raster search user interface with a real fast data viewer
  • Apparently easy to import data into OMAR

RadiantBlue – OSSIM

  • Advanced C++ remote sensing and geospatial processing
  • Started in 1998
  • One of the founding projects of OSGeo
  • Used in numerous commercial and government solutions
  • Long history of government projects
  • My main interest was in ossimPlanet, since we have our own in-house scientific virtual globe at MSC
  • Along with the ossimPlanet tool, there's ImageLinker and OMAR that work together
  • There's OSSIM Libraries
  • Image chains for data processing, such as models, filters, combiners, with an excellent UI
  • dynamic plugins
  • ossimPlanet: virtual globe similar to Google Earth and NASA WorldWind (whatever happened to it), but… supports multiple platform, photogrammetric accuracy, native file access, WMS compliant

    • high performance 3D solution
  • Demoed their tools

Skipped some talks that were mostly U.S.-specific

Panel on challenges in implementing FOSS4G software

  • Integration with existing 'legacy' software such as SharePoint or Oracle can be a challenge
  • Legal components of open source are not an issue. It's unlikely that open licenses will do a great deal of damages to projects and organizations
  • Community is essential for the feedback loop in the open source software
  • Security audits are the same for open source than for commercial software
  • Panelists discussed their success stories

Panel on open source geo in federal IT

  • More intimate relation with open source vendors than with proprietary vendors, particularly in regards to feature needs, development, etc
  • Open source isn't entirely free, you need to put efforts
  • OGC standards are much faster implemented in open source geo software than in proprietary ones
  • Funding positions of Geospatial professionals on the long term can be a challenge at the federal level
  • Investing in open source consulting vs employ a senior full time expert… sometimes the first option seems to be much more efficient
  • Collaboration with the community requires energy, but it pays off over time
  • The pertinence of having federal IT coordination in their investment in open geospatial software and access the impact of their investment on each other
  • Challenge with reaching stakeholders of the federal gov which has interest in open source geo

    • At the Government of Canada we have the FCGEO (Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation) and GeoConnections, etc… there are some coordinating bodies and resources
  • The best with open source geo is rapid updates and delivery mechanisms
  • Expectations that the cloud will impact significantly how geospatial data is managed and stored at the federal level
  • GeoCat Bridge, bridging ArcMap to open source SLD compatible software – just can't ignore past ArcMap investments

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