Geospatial intelligence has never been more important to enabling and enhancing the decision-making process in the interest of “Public Good”.
For the last number of years, the geospatial industry has been heavily influenced by innovation and technology, as professionals demand tools which are reliable, faster and responsive to capture, visualize and analyze spatial data.
As 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to identify the trends which we feel will influence GIS during 2017. These trends are as follows –
2. Migration from proprietary to open-source software
Demand for GIS, based on open-source principles increased dramatically during 2016. This is evident as web-based applications such as Azimap, MapBox, QGIS and GeoServer gained significant traction in a marketplace which is heavily served by proprietary applications.
The increase in demand for GIS based on open-source principles is an exciting development and once that will continue to gain momentum throughout 2017. This is evident as local governments promote the use of open source within government departments. For GIS professionals and customers, it means they can make informed decisions based on the benefits of open source when compared to a proprietary application.