September 30, 2011
I have spent more than ten years working with open source software and have architected two separate product sets on open source technology stacks. I am a strong supporter of open standards and worked on the OGC working group that developed the OpenLS specification. I enjoyed the experience of working collaboratively with competitors in order to come up with a standard that we would then compete on providing the best solution, rather than having customers locked in to a proprietary system. This is the same model upon which open source development works.
I would like to see all levels of government adopt open source as a preferred platform. That way, government agencies could just select the software they need from an approved list without the expense of going to tender and if they needed anything different they could pay to have it developed and that solution would then be available to everyone. This would provide multiple returns for development expenditure and make government agencies far more agile.
Geospatial Product Manager and Architect; started working in the industry in 1983 on Brisbane City Council's first digital mapping system. Spent nearly 20 years with Intergraph and IntelliWhere. Currently GIS Integration Architect at Mincom.
I have wanted a Brisbane group for some time and appreciate Jody setting it up. It would be great to get more people involved as I know there are more out there. Perhaps some representation from academia would be good.