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OSS slashes geospatial costs for SA

By   |  October 2, 2008

Open source software reduced the government’s software expenses for geospatial services massively. This is according to Sindile Bidla, deputy director of the Eastern Cape’s Spatial Information Services’ chief directorate for spatial planning and information. Bidla was speaking at the Free Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference in Cape Town earlier this week.

IOLTechnology reports that Bidla said that as South Africa spent less on foreign products, more money would be kept in the country.

“It will lower barriers to entry, promoting a local service industry to provide support to open-source users who may want to alter their software for their specific needs. It’s the future for a developing country such as ourselves,” he said.

Opening the conference was Ed Parson’s Google’s chief of geospatial technology, who said that open source software was all about “democratising technology in terms of access and creation”.

“It’s about people having access to change the information if they want. It is no longer locked behind a piece of software and a big company,” he said.

The FOSS4G conference ends in Cape Town tomorrow.

[Via: IOLTechnology]

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