Skip to main content

Portable GIS accepted as OSGeo Community Project




Portable GIS, the tool that Astun use for delivering training courses, has now been accepted as an official OSGeo Community Project.

What’s Portable GIS?


Portable GIS is a suite of open source GIS tools that can be run from a USB stick, directly in windows, without the need for installation or booting to a different operating system. It includes a full PostgreSQL database server, QGIS, Mapserver, Geoserver, Python, and a whole series of other packages, all accessible from a lightweight control panel. Basically everything you need to run an open source GIS stack, but portable and ready-configured!

It was developed originally as a personal project in 2008, and has matured into a popular tool for situations such as training and disaster recovery.


It’s also very useful as a tool for demonstrating the open source stack without the need for installation, which can be helpful in places where software installation is controlled by central ICT.


What does Community Project acceptance mean?


Official OSGeo Community Projects must be licensed as open source, and must have a repository where people can download the source code, with clear guidelines for contributors.
Community Projects are listed on the OSGeo website, and are encouraged to move towards incubation as full OSGeo projects. There is also the opportunity to access a small amount of funding for further development or tools, so watch this space!

Great, where can I find out more?

Portable GIS has it’s own website at https://portablegis.xyz, where you can find links to the download site, code repository, and full documentation. Otherwise, look out for it in use at the next Astun Training course!

Comments

  1. Amazing Post. It gives much pleasure in reading your article. Very informative. Keep Posting.

    Guest posting sites

    Technology

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Astun Conference 2018

In late September and October Astun hosted two regional conferences in Bristol and Leeds. In the current environment it isn’t easy to persuade people in Local and Central Government to take a day out of their schedules and travel to to a conference, so getting over 70 delegates over the two days was a strong indication of the value that Astun brings to its clients. After a brief welcome from Steven Feldman (Bristol) or Dan Ormsby (Leeds) Mike Saunt, Astun’s founder and MD, gave a keynote entitled “Much ado about Mapping” Mike talked about Astun as a passionate company, passionate about geo, passionate about open, passionate about the cloud and fanatical about support. He ran through the way Astun’s offer had evolved in the last year with new features, an improved user experience, simplified administration, more automation of cloud deployment and most importantly major investments in testing, quality enhancement and reducing technical debt. Then Mike moved on to the direction of travel for…

QGIS 3.0: the time has come...

QGIS 3.0 was released in February, and although it's labelled an 'early adopter' release, with the long term release (LTR) available in October, there's plenty in it to excite not just the early adopters, but the rest of us too. We've had a chance now to have a good look at it, kick the tyres a bit and see what everyone has to say about it, so here are our thoughts.

There are a few big steps forward - for example 3D support and multiple map canvasses - and while many of the other changes are relatively minor on their own, put together they represent a major leap in usability and effectiveness. There's been work on consolidation, upgrades of core packages, efficiency and speed improvements, resulting in a slicker, easier to use and more tightly integrated application.

You could say that the 'easier to use' bit is the best thing about QGIS 3.0 - and when you think about it, that's not a description that could be applied to most application upgrades or…

Making home working work!

I was chatting to a personal acquaintance recently about work and we got on to the subject of home working. The organisation she worked for was going through a period of change and they were planning on moving some of their office staff to home working on a permanent basis. She was after my views on how we manage to make that work effectively at Astun. This blog, which is very much a manager's perspective, is what I told her!

Before we get on to to the two key themes of this blog - the Technical and Cultural - a quick bit about Astun first! 1. Astun's circumstances We employ around 21 people, of which 6 or so work from an office in Epsom, and the rest work from home on a permanent basis. From my home in Bristol, I line manage 13 of those people, 3 of which are office based, the rest primarily work in the UK, as far north as Tyneside & Lancaster and as far south as Southampton. I have one member of the team who is based in Seville in Spain.
2. Technical Use of technology is k…