[OSGeo Africa] reminder: Survey of FOSS GIS usage in South Africa
tim at linfiniti.com
Tue Sep 4 08:20:01 PDT 2012
On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM, Llewellyn Gush <llewellyn at jgdm.gov.za>wrote:
> Hi Gavin
> I am the IT manager at the Joe Gqabi District Municipality in the Eastern
> Cape. Covering the area
> - Mt Fletcher,
> - Maclear,
> - Ugie,
> - Rhodes
> - Rossouw
> - Barkly East (Main Campus)
> - Lady Grey
> - Sterkspruit
> - Aliwal North
> - Burgersdorp
> - Jamestown
> - Venterstad
> - Steynsburg
> I have implemented a FOSSGIS (PostGIS) solution, using DMS consulting in
> East London (Dylan Rawlings is the director and I know that he has quite a
> few other installations out there dylan at mapserver.co.za and does in my
> opinion excellent work).
> The system is web based though not yet available on a public portal as
> some of the maps that we have are proprietary and for Government use only.
> WE use QGis to access the database directly. I currently have problems in
> this area in that the GIS Technician has "NO GIS" experience beyond a few
> very brief in service training sessions on Arc GIS................ so the
> updating and data capture process has stalled until a suitable staff member
> is identified that will understand the system.
> We are looking to extend the functionality of this system to include a CRM
> module as well as possibly a asset maintenance and management module. All
> will be an extension of the existing system. This is necessary as the
> District Municipality is taking over the Water Service Provision function
> from the local Municipalities. With the additional developments I would
> like to link the system to the customer debtor info and then make it
> available for customer queries via our existing website (Joomla
> installation). I have other OSS installations that work very well thank you.
> As government policy goes it may be interesting to get hold of some of the
> policy docs that have been published by the Government IT Officers Council
> (GITO) as they are responsible for the formulation of policy especially the
> following docs
> - OSS Policy
> - MIOS doc (Minimum Interoperability Standards in Gov)
> These are most interesting for the TOTAL disregarding of these policies.
> Not one dept in Gov seems to care about them and merrily goes their own way
> purchasing proprietary software at what cost.
> If you will allow me the following.
> In RSA we have approx population of 50 mil
> Approx half are of working age - 25 Mil
> Approx 20 % work in Gov - 5 Mil
> Approx 50 % have computers 2.5 Mil
> All the above figure may be to some extent disputed - give me the accurate
> ones if you can
> For every windows PC the following costs are incurred - exclusive of the
> hardware costs
> 1 x copy Win (XP) Win 7) OS - R2000-00
> 1 x copy MS Office - R2660-00 - The average user using maybe 1% of the
> full functionality of the product
> 1 x copy AntiVirus product - R500-00
> That is +/- R5000 per PC
> With a total number of 2.5 mil PC's is a total investment in a single
> vendors products of *R12.5 BILLION*. Makes it worse that this vendor is
> offshore and that the products are paid in Dollar based currency.
> With the usual life span of a PC being 3 to 4 years the replacement cost
> incurred annually in MS Licensing is *3.125 BILLION*.
> Besides the risk management issue associated with the huge virus threats
> to MS Win this makes NO economic sense to me whatsoever, the sooner we can
> have someone/organisation start to make people aware of this and that there
> are other products available that will cost the tax payer rather less.
> I'm afraid that yes it gets better but I will leave that for another day
> Llewellyn Gush
Llewellyn hear hear! This is the rant I always give too, our governement is
sending m/billiions of rands out the country instead of creating a local
knowledge economy. Anyway that reasoning is why I joined the QGIS project -
GIS software should be freely accessible to everyone. It's so exciting
seeing how many people in SA and beyond are now making a living on top of
support and training services around QGIS and FOSSGIS in general!
If your users have QGIS questions / issues, please encourage them to join
our user mailing list or to post them on GIS Stack Exchange
Our community is generally very helpful and responsive (assuming questions
have been well put together). There are also local folks like Gaving who
can offer support around QGIS.
> On 03/09/2012 10:57, Gavin Fleming wrote:
> Thanks for your responses so far. This is a reminder to send your response
> today describing any FOSS GIS work you've done or know about (details
> below). You are welcome to send it to the list as some of you have but you
> can also send it to me off-list at gavin at afrispatial.co.za.
> --------[sent last Friday]
> 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 [last Thurs now].
> Gavin Fleminghttp://afrispatial.co.za
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> Llewellyn Gush
> Information Technology Manager
> Joe Gqabi District Municipality
> Email llewellyn at jgdm.gov.za
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