Talk:Free GIS Book
Purpose of book
Is this a GIS book that is free?
Or is it a book about Free and Open Source GIS?
The semantics of 'free' (beer/lunch/freedom) are difficult for some people.
The OGC changed its name away from 'Open GIS Consortium' to 'Geospatial'; this is the open source geospatial foundation, not a GIS foundation. This is perhaps because GIS conjurs up imagery of bearded men and mainframes and massive centralised control-oriented systems. What makes this a GIS book?
Some of the most insightful comments on the OriginalFreeGISBook were questions about what the audience is. The overview is very broad and also deep. There is a lot to cover in one book. Different contributors will definitely have some idea about the audience they want to reach.
All these different sets of people may have different needs.
- Programmers who are new to GIS
- Students who are learning GIS software for the first time
- Analysts who are used to proprietary GIS software and are interested in open source
- "Decision makers" on data infrastructure projects
- Others... ?