Open source software is changing the world and growing a strong community from around the globe. Free software that is contributed to by the developer community underpins many of the spatial solutions that we build and Paul Ramsay, co-founder of PostGIS, explains why we all need to pay attention and start contributing to the project.
In this episode:
0:48 Why have you devoted so much time to open source software in your life?
3:12 What have you learned along the way since your first version of PostGIS up until now 17 years later?
7:05 There is a battle between open source and commercial products. When do you use each of them?
8:52 We have some clients who have had success with open source
9:36 The keynote at the conference was a call to arms - why should people use and contribute to open source?
12:08 Why wouldn't an organisation commit time and money to the open source community?
13:29 For those who do want to contribute to open source software, where do you recommend they start?
17:15 In a corporate setting, how do you sell the vision and convince them to commit funds or man hours to open source?
20:08 What are the most interesting conversations you've had and interesting things you've seen at the FOSS4G conference?
PostGIS - https://postgis.net/
FOSS4G Conference Melbourne - https://foss4g-oceania.org/
Maori Maps cultural mapping - http://www.maorimaps.com