[postgis-users] The Old Who is using PostGIS survey again?
jansen.marc at gmx.de
Wed Jan 7 02:32:30 PST 2009
Hi list, Hi Regina,
find answers inline.
Paragon Corporation schrieb:
> 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
> 1) How you use PostGIS?
We're mainly using PostGIS to store geographic data which is later
displayed using UMN Mapserver or Geoserver. We have digitized into
postgis tables, im- and exported shapefiles and have done a lot of
postprocessing using the various spatial functions. We had complex
spatial questions solved through PostGIS. Actually we have been using
any aspect of Postgis except for EWKT- and 3D-related stuff.
> 2) What you find useful about it over anything else?
It's OS, It's "complete", It's extensible, it sits atop Postgres. I
could think that initially we chose PostGIS because of the interaction
with UMN Mapserver. Now it has a great documentation, too and a very
> 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?
PostGIS is surely great and people should know that! I think lots of
people have it in use already. I would love to have deeper understanding
of how to solve spatial problems elegantly and with great perfomance.
Maybe even the internal architecture / Source-Code could be explained
and the components PostGIS works with, too.
I would 100% buy the book!
> 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.
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