[Intevation News] FreeGIS: 3rd generation now online

Jan-Oliver Wagner jan at intevation.de
Tue Mar 22 11:43:38 CET 2005

	Free GIS Software increasingly successful -
	3rd generation of expert platform unveiled

Predictions have proven true: Software for managing geo-data
increasingly becomes part of our daily life. Beside the obvious car
navigation especially many web-based applications are popular.

This is an area where Free Software products are in the lead with
being flexible and most compatible with technical standards.  To make
Free Software for geo-data processing widely known, the FreeGIS
project [1] was started in 1999.  At that time it was only a link
collection.  Now the project has put the 3rd generation of its web
portal online shortly after its 5th anniversary.  The new side masters
the increasing interest with an improved editorial system and
multi-lingual support.

"Now we can easily distribute the editorial tasks" explains
Dr.  Jan-Oliver Wagner, coordinator of the FreeGIS project.
"This way our volunteers can further increase the quality of
the portal."

The FreeGIS project also acts as promoter of commercial use of
Free GIS Software and emphasizes the professional quality of several
listed products.  "A successful IT business has developed around this
within the past few years" says Frank Koormann, managing director of
Intevation GmbH [2], which hosts the FreeGIS portal on its servers.  
"This trend will continue because many products with high potential
are yet unvalued. One example is the new GRASS GIS 6.0 [3] which has
just been released."

[1] http://www.freegis.org
[2] http://www.intevation.net
[3] http://grass.itc.it/


	Dr. Jan-Oliver Wagner
	jan-oliver.wagner at intevation.net
	+49 (0) 541 33508 55

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