[Freegis-list] Commercial Free Software GI service in Germany

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Wed Mar 17 16:20:41 CET 2004


On Wed, Mar 17, 2004 at 01:27:22PM +0100, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
> I have just read the paragraph and I am also a bit disappointed by the 
> text they put down. This does not encourage the adoption of Open Source 
> GIS software, which is even an understatement.

Have not read the text yet, but the sole fact that they have choosen
to use the term "Open Source" instead of "Free Software"
(or "Freie Software" in German) is a hint that the autors
lack the expertise or do not share the goals of FreeGIS.

> In my opinion there are many examples of good Open Source GIS software 
> where you can buy support from a company. 
> Some examples:
> 
> UMN Mapserver: DM Solutions
> PostGIS: Refractions Research
> Deegree: Lat/Lon
> (GDAL/OGR: Frank Warmerdam, not a company, but a freelance GIS expert)

> There are also some independent GIS companies (at least in The 
> Netherlands, I don't know about the situation in Germany) 

Probably known to many,
because Intevation is the company of the three founders of FreeGIS.org:

	Intevation is a Free Software Company 
	giving commercial support for Free GIS software 
	for over 4 years!

Intevation operates in Germany, Europe and other parts of the world.
See www.intevation.net.

We successfully have done projects with 
PostGIS, Degree, Mapserver, Thuban 
and other Free Software GI components.
We keep strong contacts with the developers
and contribute back -- even financially.

On the FreeGIS CD we list companies
that provide commercial service.
They have to match the current GNU business network criteria to apply.
E.G. there is GDF in Hannover 
with many years of experience with GRASS and remote sensing.

FreeGIS.org and this mailinglist are sponsored by Intevation.

Best,
	Bernhard
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