Can’t we all just get along?
Sitting in a introduction to the OpenSource stack for WhereCamp it was kinda sad how dismissive this crowd can be of all that has come before. I think it is because most of them have not come from GIS they might feel like they have introduced all this new and great stuff. And while I agree they have definetly pushing consumer based mapping light years beyond where it was. Their ability to do this has been made possible through the narrowing of the problem space. Their is still a lot of mapping and “where” that happens outside of this space. I do think the traditional GIS crowd has somewhat brought this on themselves by portraying themselves as the “high priesthood” of GIS and if you don’t do follow along our path and do your time in the Monastarey then you are not worthy.
There could be a lot of synergy here but instead the mistrust and dismissive attitudes on both side really hurts the realm of the possible.
So there is my assessment of the attitude I mentioned in one of my earlier posts…