[OSGeo-Discuss] The depth of FOSS Spatial Data Infrastructure

Ravi ravivundavalli at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 31 14:23:49 PDT 2010

Some so called SDI experts feel that FOSS SDI cannot perform at-par with
Proprietary SDI.
Please provide examples to fight a case from an Indian state which swears by Free and Open Source Software. We can never expect a better level playing field. 

Kerala - India

Here are some excerpts from a document that has false claims supporting Proprietary Software.

However, it is worthwhile to mention here that the OSS (Open Source Software) does not match the advanced functionalities of many of the commercial (proprietory) software that is in the market. Image processing and analysis capabilities of the open source software is not comparable to the commercial software when one require to carry out advanced data manipulations, image fusion, 3D modeling, ortho-correction, auto-georeferencing, stereo-image/air photo interpretation, advanced geospatial analysis etc., In such cases, certain proprietary software become an integral part of the Spatial Data Infrastructures, which can not be avoided. At a later stage the some of the proprietary software need to be purchased.

It is a well known fact that web portal that run with OSS are neither OGC-compliant nor
interoperable. At the present juncture it is only possible to establish the KSDI Geoportal
with the available COTS enterprise software.

The detailed PDF document will be emailed on demand.

Ravi Kumar

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