[OSGeo Africa] Africa Digest, Vol 67, Issue 7

Hanlie Pretorius hanlie.pretorius at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 03:30:20 PDT 2012

Hi Gavin,

I'm a freelance GIS technician, just starting out and therefore not
capable of paying for proprietary software.

So, I use QGIS to prepare shapefiles at home that I then take to
client's premises where they use ArcGIS Desktop.

I also have a client who's tracking Rooikat on his farm with a GPS
collar and I set him up with QGIS to view the data - obviously because
of the cost. On the farm there is no Internet connection, so he can't,
for example, visualise it in Google Earth.

My only problem with QGIS is the print composer, which I think still
lags far behind that of ArcGIS.

I haven't used QGIS with data formats other than shapefiles and common
raster formats.

Not sure if this helps.


> Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:32:07 +0200
> From: Gavin Fleming <gavin at afrispatial.co.za>
> To: "chapter discussions, Africa" <africa at lists.osgeo.org>
> Subject: [OSGeo Africa] Survey of FOSS GIS usage in South Africa
> Message-ID: <50408497.6010700 at afrispatial.co.za>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"; Format="flowed"
> Hi fellow FOSS GISers
> I'm conducting a snap survey of FOSS GIS in SA - please respond by Mon 3
> Sept! I will use later responses but they won't be guaranteed to make it
> into the proceedings (deadline 5 Sept).
> I'll be presenting a paper at the GISSA Ukubuzana in October with the
> following abstract:
>     Free and Open Source GIS Software is being used widely across South
>     Africa in diverse applications. This presentation will showcase a
>     number of projects implemented with FOSS GIS in government, private
>     industry, civil society and other sectors. Case studies will be
>     drawn from various companies, consultants and service providers.
> I'd like to showcase what's being done and if I get a big enough
> response, to compile some stats.
> So, please send me some brief information about FOSS GIS work that you
> are or have been involved with or that you feel we should know about.
> I'm looking for work done with FOSS GIS in southern Africa by anyone OR
> work done by South Africans anywhere in the world.
> Any project counts, from a helpful script to a backend database to a big
> web application to a desktop GIS rollout - anything goes.
> Please send roughly the following:
> - a brief description
> - if web-based and public, a url
> - otherwise, send screenshots, publications, etc.
> - reasons why you or the client chose to use FOSS GIS
> - which FOSS GIS technologies you used
> PS: Apologies for the short notice but I was only notified of paper
> acceptance yesterday.
> --
> regards
> Gavin
> Gavin Fleming
> http://afrispatial.co.za
> t: 0218620670
> c: 0845965680
> f: 0866164820

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