[postgis-users] The Old Who is using PostGIS survey again?

erik whatevar89 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 08:42:27 PST 2009

On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM, Paragon Corporation <lr at pcorp.us> wrote:

> Leo and I have a good portion of a PostGIS book written.  Ideally we would
> like to get a publisher to publish it, but seem to be running into the same
> obstacles.  No publisher seems to think people use PostGIS to warrant
> enough
> demand for a book dedicated to it.
> So to make a decent case for a book, can each of you in your own words
> describe
> 1) How you use PostGIS?

I use PostGIS as an unofficial database for managing spatial data for the
international organization I work for in the field of nature protection. The
official management of the data is delegated to a contractor who
unfortunately uses proprietary software. (I really don't get it)
I use it along with several other open source tools.

2) What you find useful about it over anything else?

It implements all the functionality I expect from a spatial GIS.
It's free (in all meanings of the word).
The user community is extraordinarily helpful. You can find solutions to
your problems in a matter of hours through the user list. I've had PostGIS
developers help me first hand on some issues.

> 3) Why you think there should be any book written focused on its use and of
> course if such a thing were to exist, would you buy it?


> Of course I'll also need some official download stats etc. which hopefully
> the Refractions group can help out with.  I think Mark Cave-Ayland had
> posted some stats a while back, but can't find them.
> Thanks,
> Regina
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