Open source projects live or die by contributions. There is the occasional project like Open Office that can get by based on financial backing, but most of us have to suffer on collaboration and communication.
What makes a Successful Open Source Project
Most Open Source projects simply have to follow a basic formula:
Do something worthwhile
Making contributions easy
In the open-spatial Java community we have a problem: XML
I know that does not sound like much of a problem, as long as you are an XML god. Spatial data has a habit of being very large and breaking to existing XML tools and assumptions. This blog post is not about that.
There are three projects I am going to talk about today:
GeoTools - open source java GIS toolkit
GeoAPI - interfaces for OGC/...
The use of Extensible-Interface pattern for an origional take on the metadata problem plaguing the spatial world (see EOGEO for background).
Thanks to those at OSG'05 for the inspiration. Now if only someone will pay me to solve this problem :-)
A couple people have asked about my mad metadata plan (tm). Since it is a Friday, and other mad plans are flowing around the email lists I thought I...
I recently had the privalage of teaching a training course to Centro Internacional De la Papa (part of CGIAR).
One of the things we covered was the Java Open Source GIS community. I thought I would share this presentation with everyone:
If you want a bit of history please check out James Macgill's recent presentation that was part of the EOGEO...
A bit more about the where 2.0.
So how do you find out location?
Microsoft dropped hints on their last slide - it looked like a flux
equation. My guess is they are going to go live with the location
based on wifi. Other attempts were the usual great cell phone hope (and
associated smack down from the carriers who were present). Apparently
if your product is popular enough they will pick it up...
is the second conference I have been to since udig is has been released. And I actually had a udig user recognize the shirt and come say thanks (she also happened to be one of the only women at the conference but that is that). Number one request in this conference is Mac support.
I went low profile the first day by wearing a suite (so I could blend in). The second day was a tshirt so...