Oops – new a better DSM!
Based upon all of the feedback that is out there, I will NOT be updating my iPhone to iOS 6 until I hear that Google Maps is released as an application that I can download.
What’s interesting to me is that mapping and location information is now a critical part of the any mobile device release. Get that wrong, and you get hammered. Check out the title of this very good article:
“A flawed cornerstone app ships despite developer warnings, signaling that perhaps pride is prized over quality at Apple”.
Nice that maps are recognized as cornerstone apps now …
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) “…was created to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use…”
Scattered local chapters exist around the globe, and the California Chapter is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in San Jose. The meetings are said to be laid back, and “…presentations (are given) in a relaxed setting…” to talk about open source GIS.
One of their members is Landon Blake, who I have met on a few occations. He is an avid proponent of and contributor to the OpenJUMP GIS project and is a very entertaining speaker at conventions.
“OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming language.” Freely distributed under the GNU GPL license, it is worth exploring as an alternative to ArcGIS (among others like QGIS, GVsig, etc.). OpenJUMP is best known for its user-friendliness and its highly developed set of drawing tools.