[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: [Ica-osgeo-labs] Expanding open source GIS in the public sector - use cases needed

Gavin Fleming gavin at kartoza.com
Fri Mar 18 01:03:12 PDT 2016

I know there are some local and district municipalities in South Africa
who have gone partly or completely Open Source. I encourage you to share
your stories as per the request below. Come on Joe Gqabi DM!

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Subject: 	[Ica-osgeo-labs] Expanding open source GIS in the public
sector - use cases needed
Date: 	Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:02:29 +0000
From: 	Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
To: 	ica-osgeo-labs at lists.osgeo.org <ica-osgeo-labs at lists.osgeo.org>

Dear colleagues,

It will be really helpful if councils and local governments who already
migrated to Open Source GIS  if they can please share their experiences
as blogposts to the wider community as done by *Royal Borough of Windsor
& Maidenhead Borough Council*

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, migrated to using open source
GIS in 2015 and has found significant efficiencies in staff time, cost
savings and an increase in the number of departments using GIS. Thank
you to colleagues at Windsor & Maidenhead Borough for their efforts to
support open principles and helping save hardworking taxpayer's money .

The days of Iron curtain strategies by some  Properitary GIS vendors to
silence open principles are over (i remember even my emails on Geo4All
were not allowed initially on certain mail lists as the administrators
did not want to annoy sponsor!). It was one reason that i had to keep
emailing (at Geo4All we are just a group of scientists and academics and
don't have any marketing departments or big budgets unlike some
vendors!) so  my emails is the only way  to make sure open principles
message reaches everyone.

So please share your use cases on Open Principles with the wider
community . This also links to the need for National level strategy for
Open Principles in Geospatial [1].

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

[1] http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2016-March/015770.html 

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