"Strong OS Stack Knowledge" is listed as a required skill on a job specification I am interested in. I haven't come across this term before. It may be important to note that I live in the UK and I think OS may either mean Operating System, Open Source or Ordnance Survey.

Any ideas?

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  • If it were refering to Ordnance Survey I would expect to see data in the quote, something like strong knowledge of OS data. – nmtoken Apr 14 '16 at 18:49
  • May also mean "Operating System" – HDunn Apr 14 '16 at 19:01
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    Your title includes the word "Stack" but that word does not appear in your question body so did you actually see the term used in the advert or did you see it elsewhere. Precise context is important to discern likely meanings of unexplained abbreviations. – PolyGeo Apr 14 '16 at 21:05
  • If you ask the people who placed the ad what they mean then you will have your answer. Otherwise the answers provided represent opinions that I would agree with. – PolyGeo Apr 15 '16 at 4:21
  • A google search for that exact phrase (as quoted) will show the advertisement. However having read the ad, I still couldn't say which of the "OS" applies. As suggested by @nmtoken, "Stack" isn't usually an Ordnance Survey term (or even an Operating System term) - more of an Open Source term. Its so poorly worded, I'd just ignore that bit, and figure out if you have the FME expertise or desire to learn (which while only preferred, actually seems pretty key to the job description). Or move on to an employer with more nouse. – BradHards Apr 15 '16 at 4:50

OS probably refers to Open Source software

Stack refers to a set of software.


You originally tagged MapInfo and ArcGIS neither of which are open source, so I'm thinking it must be ordnance survey and their data products.

"OS stack" is something unrelated and is open source software stack. So maybe data in a OS DB such as PostgreSQL/PostGIS displayed via a WMS Using geoserver, cached via geowebcache, and displayed to the end user using openlayers or leaflet JS Client.

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