He works for the Bundesamtes fuer Strahlenschutz, basically the government agency that was started after Chernobil to protect against and to measure radioactivity. The software system they use/build is called IMIS.
IMIS consists of three parts:
They have a simple map at odlinfo.bfs.de.
The current core of the system is proprietary. They are dependent on one single firm. The system is heavily customized for their usage.
They need a new system because geographical analysis keeps getting more important and because there are new requirements coming out of the government. The current program cannot handle that.
What they want is a new system that is as simple as possible; that uses standards for geographical exchange; they don’t want to be dependent on a single firm anymore. So:
They use open source companies to help them, including training their employees. And helping getting these employees used to modern software development (jenkins, docker, etc.)
If you use an open source strategy, what do you need to do to make it fair?
(Personal note: I didn’t expect to hear ‘buildout’ at this open source GIS conference. I’ve helped quite a bit with that particular piece of python software :-) )
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