Sponsoring QGIS →March 22, 2019 • #
We recently began a corporate sponsorship for the QGIS project, the canonical open source desktop GIS. I got back into doing some casual cartography work using QGIS back in December after a years-long hiatus of using it much (I don’t get to do much actual work with data these days). Bill wrote up a quick post about how we rely on it every day in our work:
As a Mac shop, the availability of a sophisticated, high-quality, powerful desktop GIS that runs natively on MacOS is important to us. QGIS fits that bill and more. With its powerful native capability and its rich third-party extension ecosystem, QGIS provides a toolset that would cause some proprietary software, between core applications and the add-on extensions needed to replicate the full power of QGIS, to cost well more than a QGIS sponsorship.
The team over at Lutra Consulting, along with the rest of the amazing developer community around QGIS have been doing fantastic work building a true cross-platform application that stacks up against any other desktop GIS suite.
- Weekend Reading: Software Builders, Scarcity, and Open Source Communities — Airtable's latest funding, scarcity as a service, and the glory of open source.
- Why Hasn’t Open Source Software Disrupted Esri? — Great post from Joe Morrison on how the open source software movement has been unable to unseat Esri in most markets.
- Weekend Reading: Terrain Mesh, Designing on a Deadline, and Bookshelves — Real-time terrain mesh with MARTINI, designing Notion using Figma, and @patrickc's bookshelf.