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The best of the gvSIG’s 4th Journeys…


Many people agree that the best achieved in this recent days’ journeys was the allusive event’s magazine, which represents a great job, not only for the regarding content but for its fancy graphic design.  For those who received the printed format, certainly it represents an invaluable one-piece collection, just the same as those Obelix’s comics saved in an old but fine trunk which remind us one Dad’s great gift.

Reviewing its content, which was incidentally published by Creative Commons, we can see very well managed topics related to gvSIG’s development, as well as interviews with people involved in its promotion and implementation; both, either from the academy or Government areas. Here I leave you a summary of the best from those:

The 4th Journeys

They had used the slogan four years of progress; four years of illusion, but just for avoid confusing somebody’s thoughts about the word illusion, there are well developed matters that explain the succeeding history, what is being done now and where the project is heading to.  This document’s stage is structured in the following topics:

  • Collaboration’s Management
  • Factory’s supervision
  • “Architecturing” the gvSIG
  • Internationalization
  • Collaborative Testing
  • Documentation
  • Tour 2008

The interviews

In my opinion, these were carried out carefully, because they were planned to bring the visibility the project deserves and it’s notorious the keenness’ work for the last year, worth it to recognize its communication strategist’s work.

Here I’m summarizing some interviews only to engage your feelings (A Spanish idiom: “picar el interés”).

clip_image002Juan Ernesto Ricket

IDES’ specialist, currently he is the technology head of Military Geographic Institute in Argentina and also PROSIGA’s project coordinator. In the interview, this expert and Carlos Figueira from Venezuela talk about the captivating importance of free software use in State institutions mainly municipalities with limited economic level.  That’s why it’s easy to understand why the next September 2009 Journeys will be in Argentina.

clip_image003Very interesting interview, in which the mark text reminds us that only Microsoft invoice 800 millions of dollars a year in Latin America, hence free software becomes not only an important choice in Governments’ economy, but also in fighting piracy which make us seem like Africans just what they’re saying in this days.

Alessandro Sgambati

clip_image004In companion with Chris Puttick, they speak from the European point of view with reference to the free software implementation in the State areas, as well as the diffusion that must play those who are involved.  It’s important to say that Alessandro had fulfilled an important role (if not at all) in the gvSIG manuals translation into Italian.

Antoni Pérez

clip_image005The UOC Antoni speaks how free software should compete against other commercial software like INTERGRAPH and ESRI , software companies that have cooperation programs with different universities.  Also focuses on the ethical, political and economic issue an educational centers priority, where the promotions of collaborative solutions such as free software has interesting potential in clip_image006University students.

The interview is widespread, and alongside with Lluís Vicents from the master UNIGIS teaching equipment, smoke (philosophize a Spanish idiom: “fumar”) good thoughts and contributions from University’s point of view.


Towards the end, appears an interview with Juan Antonio Bermejo who tells us why they arrived at the gvSIG selection as a work tool related with geographic information projects of La Palma’s insular Council; also he’s requested with some suggestions that would come on behalf of the coming journeys.


Really, the magazine is very good.  At the end, they speak of gvSIG trends that can be seen in the web, including a Google implementation called “Insights” which shows, based on keywords, the growth that has had the gvSIG term and their countries procedence.

Then, also with Google Trends, they show gvSIG behaved growth in comparison with GeoMedia, ArcView, Mapinfo. You will become incredibly surprise of what the graphs reflect! For now on, I leave you with the envy (a Spanish idiom: “pica”), so let’s take a look at the gvSIG page because I don’t think it won’t take too much time to have the pdf version for downloading if it’s dragged as Creative Commons.

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