[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: " GRASS not in demand, says PennState"

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Wed Oct 27 12:36:48 PDT 2010

On 10/27/2010 05:50 AM, Tim Michelsen wrote:
>>> Are you seeing positions requiring knowledge of open source software such as
>> Two of the panelists answered.  One said
>>> More generally, the ability to create custom software solutions - whether
> proprietary or open source or a
>> combination of the two - is in high demand.
>> which is a good, healthy response.  But the other said
>>> Not seeing positions posted with GRASS.
> Please, both users, academia and industry need to see that it's not about a
> particular software product.
> In the end it countshow efficient I can get a particular job done and how
> accurate the results are.
> FOSS stuff is great for teaching because they allow to understand the ideas
> behind both by sound combination of different tools and looking into the
> development life cycle (bug discussions, maillist, code). students can do their
> own work without licese headaches and also achive tracability of the results.

I agree, I don't think the question was asked in the most appropriate
way to gauge the influence of Open Source in geospatial Academia.

For example a recent job post forwarded to OSGeo-Edu

Open Source credentials clearly part of the mix. I would also note that
the number of positions that specifically ask for Arc Teaching is
relatively low compared to the total number of positions advertised in
the field.


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