[OSGeo-Discuss] Montreal Code Sprint 2011

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at crschmidt.net
Tue Nov 23 07:53:13 PST 2010

On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 11:48:21AM -0400, Connors, Bernie (SNB) wrote:
> If you are linking data to locations on a map it is a GIS.  One of the best descriptions of GIS I have heard is: "GIS is a two-way conversation between a map and a database" or something like that.
> Just because your software cannot not perform advanced analysis like GRASS or ESRI does not mean it is not a GIS.

Agreed. If you're doing analysis or evaluation of anything -- even if the
analyzer is a human being, not a piece of software -- by using a map as
a piece of the decision, then that's GIS. Anyone who insists that it's not
"GIS" unless it can do bilateral convex hull buffers is living in the past :)

-- Chris

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> From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Arnie Shore
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> Hello all.  I've been asked to present my current project at a conference devoted to  "GIS in a Crisis".
> While my project, open source computer-aided-dispatch, meets the 'crisis' element handily, whether or not it's 'GIS' is another question; it's built on GMaps.
> I'm well aware of the large body of GIS work being done as this group uses that term, and I don't want to offend any GIS'ers in the audience (or here) by implying that my project is indeed a GIS instance.
> Accordingly, in  my presentation's title or elsewhere, I'm thinking of using something like "... GIS[?] ..." and explaining that usage.
> Reactions/suggestions appreciated.

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Christopher Schmidt
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