Adventures of a Solo GIS Consultant Using FOSS4G
I started my consulting business because I wanted to work on topics that were important to me, and so that I would have the freedom to use the tools I wanted to use. Adopting FOSS4G has been a big part of my success. Not just because the tools are powerful, and not just because the software is “free as in beer” and “speech”, but also because as an early adopter I’ve had a lot of opportunities. Becoming involved with FOSS4G has given me opportunities to develop new courses, publish books, travel, and meet a great community of like-minded people. My work involves spatial analysis/modelling and cartography with a smattering of web mapping. Topically I focus on environmental conservation and public health. In this talk I will share my experiences in: 1) migrating from proprietary to FOSS4G software, 2) using FOSS4G in the production environment, 3) teaching FOSS4G in the classroom, 4) interacting with the FOSS4G community and 5) spreading the gospel of FOSS4G to the uninitiated. I will cover several examples of using FOSS4G including both successes and challenges.