Maryland Department of Planning Bundles Property Data With QGIS

This past week, I got an e-mail from Jim Cannistra, Director of Data Planning Services and the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), alerting me to a new product available from MDP called FINDER Quantum. This product bundles Maryland property data and related products with QGIS software to provide users with a fully-functional, free-standing system for interacting with the data. It is designed to replace an older, custom software product, capitalizing on an industry-standard open-source system.

From the MDP site, the bundled data includes:

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FOSS4G North America to Be Held In Washington, DC

I’m quite happy to see (HT, Glenn Letham) that OSGEO is inaugurating an annual FOSS4G North America conference this year in Washington, DC on April 10-12, 2012.

DC is an appropriate place for this event because of the presence or arguably the single largest user of geospatial technology, the US Federal Government. I’m happy to see that Michael Byrne is the keynote speaker as the FCC National Broadband Map has been a great success story in the use of open-source geospatial tools at the Federal level. I’ve been seeing more activity within the Federal Government recently but there’s still a long way to go.

I know a lot of people in this area that couldn’t make it out to Denver last year for FOSS4G. I hope many of them come to this edition to see the state of the art in open-source geospatial tools. I know this conference is targeted to North America as a whole but, if you are in the DC area and active with geospatial technology, FOSS4G North America should be on your calendar.