[Freegis-list] On the links between FOSS developers and the academia

Jan-Oliver Wagner jan at intevation.de
Thu Aug 18 12:11:50 CEST 2005

On Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 10:38:32AM +0300, Ari Jolma wrote:
> I'm interested in the links between the GIS industry and academia. By 
> "GIS industry" I mean also FOSS GIS, of which a growing part is outside 
> academia. How could we strengthen the link between the academia and the 
> developers of the free GI software?

I have some general remarks:

- IMHO, a GIS methodology should be explained in general
  and then tried in practice with at least two different
  Students learn to know that there are alternatives
  and how to evaluate them. A qualification I miss for many
  Hopefully at least one of the tried tools is a Free Software,
  because students can actually look at the implementation
  of a discussed algorithm - wow!

- If ever something is implemented during studies, the result
  should be Free Software. Even better is to start upon
  a Free Software and invent something new rather then
  invent the wheel again. Contributing to a existing project
  improves a lot more skills than just geoinformatics. Good
  for the students.

Both, the proprietary and the Free Software GIS industry will
be interested in such students.



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