07/03/2012

* QGIS at Malaysia GeoSpatial Forum, 2012



QGIS at Malaysia GeoSpatial Forum, 2012

Sekali lagi saya telah mempromosikan Open Source GIS, khususnya Quantum GIS, kali ni di Malaysia GeoSpatial Forum, Melaka pada 6-7.3.2012. Saya percaya ianya dihadiri oleh peserta-peserta dari sektor awam dan swasta serta dari Malaysia Barat dan Timur. Kertas saya menyentuh pasal pembangunan QGIS di jabatan saya dari dahulu ke masa depan dan adalah versi panjang bagi artikel Kajian Kes yang di muat naik pada Laman web QGIS. Masa yang diberi cuma 15 mins bagaimana bilangan slide adalah lebih kurang 60 maka terpaksalah dipercepatkan taklimat. Berita baik bagi QGIS yang Puan Tan King Ing, Pengerusi dan Penolong Pengarah dari MAMPU, Jabatan Perdana Menteri berkata sehingga kini  Quantum GIS digunapakai oleh sebanyak 38 agensi awam.

QGIS at Malaysia GeoSpatial Forum, 2012

I did my part again promoting Open Source GIS, specifically, Quantum GIS, this time at the Malaysia GeoSpatial Forum held at Malacca on 6-7.3.2012. I noted it was attended by participants from both public and private sector and from both West and East Malaysia. My paper touched on the past, present and future development of QGIS at my department which was really an expanded version of my Case Study article that got uploaded at the QGIS home page. The time allocated was only 15mins but I had just under 60 slides to present so my talk was presented in full throttle. The good news for QGIS which Madam Tan King Ing, the chairperson and Deputy Director from MAMPU of the Prime Minsiter's Department pointed out that so far Quantum GIS has already been adopted by 38 public agencies.

6 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed your talk, Abbas !!!

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    1. Thank you very much. I hope I didn't blabber too much, just wanted to make it sound super-convincing :-D.Anyway nice to know you.

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  2. Dear Sir,

    Do you know any QGIS implementation at private sector? any success story to be shared?

    best regards,
    LUKIP

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    1. No one shares such news with me, if ever. I know often a consultant prefers whatever his client is familiar with so if the client wants .tab format he will say "Oh, we use MapInfo, too" in order to secure a deal or "Oh, we use ArcGIS, too" not that a particular GIS can benefit them because it is free. If the client has never heard of QGIS, the consultant may not even mention it for fear of frightening away the potential client. This is the real world out there.

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  3. Dear Sir,

    thanks for comment, we in private sector also thinking to follow your steps go towards FOSS. i know it is not easy to change, someone have to be the champion, we just learn from champion. any good references to start with for OS GIS implementation?

    warmest regards from Borneo, Land of Hornbill
    LUKIP

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    1. Well a friend from Singapore Land Agency just informed me that eventhough they use proprietary GIS they are thinking of going Open Source for those agency that don't have the financial resources so doesn't that tell you something. You will start to appreciate Open Source when you advance to RDBMS server level and things don't come cheap here. Even QGIS has it's limitation insofar as 1:many scenarios are concerned and I don't know if such situations make a big difference to you but it does in town planning still it serves as an excellent user-friendly desktop GIS and to me this is critical in getting people to appreciate GIS in the first place.

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