[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [Live-demo] Has anyone written a "How do you XXX with Open Source GIS?"

Arnie Shore shoreas at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 07:05:42 PST 2011

Let me add my $.02:  I'd been looking for a reduced-pain method of
converting to OL from the GMaps API, the target being a local/server-based
OL/OSM implementation in the absence of Internet connectivity.

I have the maps stored and accessible, but my GMaps function calls need
translation.  I suspect that it's largely one-for-one, and one of these days

I can't believe I'm alone on needing some kind of tool for this.


On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Stephen Woodbridge
<woodbri at swoodbridge.com>wrote:

> On 2/2/2011 5:14 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Below, Frank has done a great job asking the exact sort of question that
>> new GIS users ask, and which we as an OSGeo community should address to
>> attract new users.
> I think that it would be helpful to identify gaps also, for two reasons:
> 1. if someone is planning to migrate from say ArcMap to OSS, know the pain
> points and gaps will make it easy fro them to decide if their use case makes
> sense of not to convert now or not. Knowing what to expect up front lets
> them plan better and design new processes to work around those issues.
> 2. if we as a community have a clear idea of the gaps and pain points then
> it gives us a check list if high value projects that we might want to work
> into our projects. While I suspect most projects maintain some kind of wish
> list, I do not think there is a high level document like this FAQ that
> covers this. Maybe it is as simple as creating additional entries like "How
> to you XXX with Open Source GIS?" which identify gaps and pain points also.
> I think we are all about transparency, and this would help, IMHO.
> ATB,
>  -Steve W
>  What has been done so far toward building a FAQ on "How to you XXX with
>> Open Source GIS?"?
>> Frank wrote:
>>> Not only am I new to the forum, but
>>> I'm new to GIS work in general.
>>> I downloaded the Live CD and installed it on a virtual machine and it's
>>> working great. I'm trying to build a suite of GIS tools I can for the
>>> various
>>> tasks I have to do at work and it's great having so many products right
>>> in front of me. It's highly quality work and I appreciate all the hard
>>> work to pull it together.
>>> What would be really helpful to me (and possibly other new-to-GIS folks
>>> like myself) is a FAQ-type list of questions with app answers. For
>>> example:
>>> Do you want to edit shapefiles? Try xxx, yyy, zzz.
>>> Do you want to style shapefiles? Try ...
>>> Do you want to work exclusively with raster files?
>>> Do you need to work simultaneously with raster and vector files?
>>> Do you want to convert one file into one another format?
>>> Do you want to convert raster to vector?
>>> Vector to raster?
>>> Vector to another vector?
>>> etc.
>>> If there were a couple dozen questions with short answers it would really
>>> supplement the disc quite well.
>>> For instance, I'm trying to figure out how to convert a raster (binary
>>> GRID) file into a shapefile. I dink around in the various programs on the
>>> CD, but I don't know if I just can't find the "convert raster to vector"
>>> option in a particular app or if it isn't there at all. A short little
>>> Q&A text file would be nice to help at least focus my initial search
>>> a little bit better. At the least I (hopefully) would be pointed to the
>>> best choices for my purpose.
>>> Hope this makes sense!
>>> Frank
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