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Many many agree that among the best that were obtained in recent days was the magazine allusive to the event, which represents a great job not only in terms of content but also in graphic taste. For those who received it in printed format, it surely represents an invaluable collector's item such as those Obelix comics that we keep in an old but fine trunk and that remind us of a great gift from our father.

Reviewing its content, which by the way was published under Creative Commons, we can see various topics very well handled regarding the development of gvSIG, as well as interviews with people involved in its promotion and implementation from both academia and government agencies. Here is a summary of the best:

From the fourth day

You have been called Four years of advance, four years of illusion; And not to confuse what might be thought of Gvsig daysword illusion, themes are developed that explain the history that happened, what is being done and where the project is heading. This stage of the document is structured around the following topics:

  • Collaboration management
  • Factory monitoring
  • "Architecture" gvSIG
  • Internationalization
  • Collaborative testing
  • Documentation
  • Tour 2008

From interviews

These were carried out very carefully, so I see that they are planned to give you the visibility that the project deserves and to which the last year is notorious have put a lot of effort, this is worth to recognize the work of its strategist of communication.

Here I summarize some of the interviews just to bite the interest.

Gvsig days Juan Ernesto Ricket

Specialist in IDES, he is currently Chief of Technology of the Military Geographical Institute in Argentina and coordinator of the PROSIGA project. In the interview with Carlos Figueira Venezuelans speak of the importance that the use of free software is taking in state institutions, mainly municipalities of limited economic level. It is understandable why the September 2009 Conference will be in Argentina.

Gvsig daysVery interesting the interview, in which in remarcado text reminds us that only Microsoft invoices 800 millions of dollars a year in Latin America, so that free software is not only an important alternative in the economy of governments but in the fight against Piracy that we have been saying for days we are like the Africans.

Alessandro Sgambati

Gvsig days Beside Chris Puttick They speak from the European approach regarding the application of free software in state spaces, as well as the dissemination that those involved must play. It is worth saying that Alessandro has played an important role (if not all) in the Italian translation of the gvSIG manuals.

Antoni Pérez

Gvsig days Antoni de la UOC talks about how free software should compete against other commercials such as INTERGRAPH and ESRI that have collaboration programs with different universities. It also focuses on the ethical, political and economic issue that prevails in educational centers for the promotion of collaborative solutions such as free software and where Gvsig daysUniversity students have interesting potential.

The interview is extensive, and together with Lluís Vicents from the UNIGIS master's team, good reflections and contributions from the university point of view are smoked.



Almost at the end an interview with Juan Antonio Bermejo that explains why they came to the selection of gvSIG as a working tool in the projects related to the Geographic Information of the Island Council of La Palma, they are also consulted with some suggestions that would come in benefit of the next days.


What for, the magazine is very good. At the end they talk about the trends that can be observed on the web regarding gvSIG, among them the Google application called “Insights”, which shows the growth that the term gvSIG has had and the countries of origin based on keywords.

Then also with Google Trends, they show how growth has behaved with respect to competition terms such as Geomedia, ArcView, Mapinfo and you would be surprised to see what the graphs reflect. For now I leave the pike, take a look at The gvSIG page Because I do not think they take too long to have the pdf version for download if they took it as creative commons.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. The issue of basic geographic data is a major problem in Argentina. To say that everything is paid in a certain way can mean to treat the subject in a very simplistic way.
    Unfortunately in Argentina, data production is underfunded. If we look at the metadata of the 1 data: 250.000, the data of the portal PROSIGA of the IGM, many of these data go back to the years 30, 40, 50. Even the 250.000 that was digitized with much effort during 96-98 does not have a current correlate. There is no other available since that time due to lack of funding. I know that many people have put effort, time and money PERSONAL to maintain those data that for decades have not been maintained. On the other hand, the IDE supposes quality and responsibility, this means that the organism that makes the data available must do it with the proper quality controls, generate appropriate documentation, define parameters of usability, etc, etc, etc. And although I do not know it Believe, all that leaves a lot of money, silver that the state is not investing to keep that information, nor talk about generating the data that much lack.

  2. @Gerardo

    Yes, I am with you on this issue that is older than the IDEs, what happens is that (at least in the cases that I know of) many times the administration does not guide the cartographic institutes as centers of research and cartographic production for society but as mere "stores" to which each little person must go to buy.

    I still remember the absurdity of paying (nor do I remember how much) for a photocopy of a review of a geodesic vertex in an IGN delegation, when already many years ago they could have been published on the web.

    Finally, if you are interested in the subject of free geodata, you can go through the list of OSGeo-es [1], there is a group of people collecting freely accessible data sets and generally working in that area [2].


  3. In the days, surely that the subject had to be touched in some of the presentations. In the magazine, not directly, only Chris Puttick speaks briefly something that relates it, when they ask about the role of free software in public administration (20 Page)

  4. Hello, one thing: did anyone talk about the GvSIG application for geomarketing? is to publish something referring to my blog when the pdf edition of the conference is.

    Thank you

  5. Jorge, those works are already paid for by the State through the budget allocated to the Institute. When I say the State, it is the same as saying the Argentine people. We all pay for these developments, therefore, at our sole request, we should be able to dispose of them freely, because they are already paid for. Or maybe when you buy something you don't want to take it home? Well, we "buy" them but they don't give them to us.
    That this happens in other places… well, without wishing to offend, remember the saying “Evil for many, consolation for fools! It is something that we must demand. We complain about taxes but we do not demand that they give us what we pay with them. It does not make sense.


  6. Gerardo,

    Juan Ernesto talks about software, I do not know what that has to do with the dissemination of free data.

    That problem you are discussing is general in almost every country in the world except for the United States and Canada, and some other honorable case.

    In Spain at least we have already reached the transfer of data for non-commercial uses by some cartography producing organizations (IGN, Catalonia, Murcia,…) but there is still a long way to go to get to have true free data. Luckily at least we already have the software. 🙂

  7. Good grade. It is a pity to see that Juan Ernesto Ricket, from the Argentine Military Geographic Institute, speaks of "the importance that the use of free software is taking on in state institutions, mainly municipalities with a limited economic level", when, in reality, it is IMPOSSIBLE to download GIS data electronically for make free use of the Institute.
    That is, these people, who are state employees, who use resources from the Argentine State to do their jobs, and who seem to save these resources well using free software, DO NOT allow the public to freely download that data. I understand that a printed map has a cost. But the production of digital data is already paid, with just the budget allocated by the Argentine State to the Institute.
    Take the example of Canada, which does not even require someone to be Canadian to obtain country data….

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