Sobre AWS y el Cuadro de Gartner…

15 may

Tomado de


It is a well-known fact that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dominating the cloud computing industry. In fact, the lead is so large that Gartner had to rescale the magic quadrant just to fit the other vendors on the grid along with AWS when they published their analysis late in 2013.


The blog is dead, long live the blog

15 may

The blog is dead, long live the blog

Palabras sabias de reflexión: Qué debo tener en cuenta para iniciar un proyecto SIG (Sistema de Información Geográfica) en el 2014

14 may


Tomado de Starting a GIS :

If you are starting a GIS please consider the following:

  • Decide what data you need. Does it exist already? Do you need to go out and collect it? Can you collect it or do you need to hire someone to do it.
  • Look at your software needs. How much do you want to spend. Look at open source. Look at the commercial stuff. Can you mix and stretch those dollars just a bit more than you think? BTW – you can mix and match. All you need is a process.
  • Budget – Budget for a year. Budget for two. Then Budget for five. Budget like this might be successful. Look at your software also. Are you going to spend enough on software you could hire someone else? It happens. That’s a huge argument (for me) for mixing in open source. Jobs. Hiring someone does more for your community than paying more money for software.

It’s 2014. Software doesn’t have to be from one vendor. Your entire GIS setup doesn’t have to be a mono-culture. Servers (think cloud (another word I hate)) are cheaper than they ever have been. Pick the right software and you don’t have to spend a fortune on a workstation. Worry about your data. If you spend more time worry about your software than letting your data work for you you are doing it wrong.

Tomado de Starting a GIS


A “new” definition of “user friendly map”

13 may


Contando historias con mapas: El Bogotazo

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El software libre (según ESRI…)

21 mar

En febrero del 2013 el artículo “Going Open-Source with Esri”  anunciaba el ingreso de ESRI al mundo del “software libre”  (open source) a través de la publicación de diversos repositorios en Github :

The software that we are publishing as open-source cuts across many domains – not just the web. There are mobile phone libraries and applications, desktop extensions, big data analytis tools, and of course many web application templates in ActionScript, Java and JavaScript.

Este anuncio resultó para muchos una sorpresa, dado el modelo de negocio que ESRI ha desarrollado desde sus comienzos.  Luego de un año aparece un nuevo artículo “Esri Open Source: A Year On and Growing” en el que nos cuentan sobre sus notables avances:

Today we now support more than 200 open source projects in our GitHub organization, and over 600 Esri developers that directly collaborate on these and numerous other personal open-source projects. We have released projects that cover nearly every level of the technology stack, from web frameworks to mobile apps to big data geoprocessing.

Pareciera algo prometedor, pero algunos más escépticos nos cuentan otra historia: “Going “Open” with Esri?

Of course we’re glad to see that Esri has more than 200 projects on GitHub, but how many of them are sample applications or frameworks that only work with their proprietary offerings? It’s nice to see that the Geotrigger SDK for Android is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, but how can one stand up a Geotrigger service without paying Esri? Is it even an open standard?

Y aún más

“Open” is more than a word and open source software and open data are more than token initiatives. We sympathize that the initial acceleration towards openness can be difficult — especially for a company with Esri’s history — and we’re hopeful that the next year will show some true progress.

Luego del entusiasmo inicial, parecería ser que hasta el momento “open source” para esri significa:   “utilizar  github para publicar ejemplos de código”.

Aunque la palabra “open” suena “cool”, por ahora este esfuerzo de esri parece ser solo otro #openSourceFail .

Visualizar Y Editar Una Filegeodatabase Sin Arcgis

11 mar

Visualizar Y Editar Una Filegeodatabase Sin Arcgis


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