Day-Tripping NCGIS 2011

I went down to the NCGIS Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday (it’s still going on today). I was speaking in the session titled “The Desktop App: News of My Death is Premature.” My talk was called “If You Can Browse This Map, Thank a Desktop” and was focused less on desktop apps themselves than the fuzzy boundary between the desktop and the web. I have been told that the slide deck and, more frighteningly, the video of the talk will be online at some point.

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Crazy Times – Coming Up For Air

It’s been an extremely busy few months, as evidenced by the pace (or lack thereof) of blogging. I have been hopping between customer sites, mainly helping with ArcGIS Server implementations. We’re also re-hosting an ArcIMS site for someone. I expect that to eventually transition as well but we have to get it moved first. I’m also working a pro-bono implementation of PostGIS/GeoServer/OpenLayers for the town of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. That’s been fun. It’s great to see how a small town can marshall it resources (Boys Scouts with GPS collected trails as an Eagle Scout project) to get things done. The initial implementation will be simple as they are more interested in getting their data out there but then we’ll circle back around to address public-service-type applications after that.

Significant changes are coming for zigGIS. Abe, Paolo and I have been laying out a roadmap for its way ahead. Look for an announcement soon via zigGIS on Twitter.

I have been having a lot of fun with the REST-based APIs from ESRI (Javascript, Flex, Silverlight/WPF). In particular, I’ve been happy with how extensible they are in terms of being able to support new data sources.
OpenLayers 2.8 and GeoExplorer are also on my radar but that radar screen is getting pretty crowded.

All of this with less than a week to go before vacation. Whew!

OpenGeo Suite – A Milestone

On May 28th OpenGeo announced the release of the OpenGeo Suite. They also describe their open pricing structure for support of the suite.

This announcement represents a milestone for open-source geospatial software. If you are of a technical nature and are expecting a detailed discussion of the technical advantages of the OpenGeo Suite, you should probably stop reading now. The OpenGeo Suite is a milestone because it establishes a fair pricing model that addresses what, in my opinion, has been the primary barrier to the adoption of open-source GIS in many enterprises: risk. Continue reading “OpenGeo Suite – A Milestone”