I’m an MSc GIS student in the final year of my studies. I’m researching for my dissertation project which is entitled ‘Can Quantum GIS replace Proprietary GIS in large organisations?’
I’m primarily seeking the views of GIS professionals/Managers who have taken the decision to replace Proprietary GIS (PGIS) with Open Source GIS OSGIS (Not necessarily Quantum GIS) or have decided to stick with PGIS. I’m also interested in the views of GIS users who have considered migrating to OSGIS. The main questions I have are as follows:
• Have you considered switching to OSGIS?
• Why did you decide to migrate to OSGIS or to retain PGIS?
• If you migrated to OSGIS what issues did you encounter? - Are you still encountering issues, if so what? - With your experience in mind, what are the pro’s and con’s of OSGIS - Has your GIS functionality/capability increased as a result of migrating to OSGIS?
• If you decided to retain PGIS, what was your reasoning behind this? - What were your concerns relating to OSGIS - With your experience in mind, what are the pro’s and con’s of PGIS - What improvements, if any, would make you consider migrating to OSGIS?
Feedback from all GIS users is most welcome. I have chosen not to produce a survey as I want the responses to be open ended, allowing users to add as little or as much feedback as they wish. I’m also hoping users will raise issues that I previously hadn’t encountered.
Thanks in advance.