[OSGeo-Discuss] How to quantify the economic impact of OSGeo software? Your help needed for a research article

Newcomb, Doug doug_newcomb at fws.gov
Tue Jun 2 08:25:47 PDT 2015

Yes, but $1000 looks much better as a press release :-)


On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 7:58 AM, Suchith Anand <
> Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:
>> For example, reading through
>> http://news.aag.org/2015/05/aag-seeks-proposal-authors-reviewers-for-new-ap-course-in-gist/
>> i understand that  "In 2014, Esri announced a $1 billion gift of
>> cloud-based ArcGIS Online software to support the Obama Administration’s
>> ConnectEd initiative. This remarkable gift is providing free ArcGIS Online
>> accounts to any public or private school upon request. " I am interested to
>> understand how this $1 billion gift is calculated?  Can anyone
>> knowledgeable on this provide the details of these metrics use for this
>> calculation?
> I don't know about their calculation but here is mine:
> If I provide service for $100 per customer and I give the same service to
> 10 customers for free, I could claim that I donated $1000. But this would
> be wrong. I need some money to run the service for the non-paying customers
> and I need to get this money from the paying customers. Thus, the price
> $100 already contains money to run the service for non-paying customers and
> the gift $1000 is therefore overestimated.
> Well, these are my two cents. Correct if I'm wrong.
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Doug Newcomb
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