In recent years, free and open source software is gaining in strength as a real alternative to proprietary software. In the case of GIS, this situation represents a particularly attractive alternative because the high cost of many proprietary software licenses which can restrict the use of GIS in the teaching and research within the university, local government authorities and also to the wider geospatial community. Free and Open Source software allow users access to the source code and modify it, edit it, improve it and adapt it to their own needs, and redistribute it.
In GIS, free and open source software is in an exciting growth phase. A good example of this is the various open source geospatial software (link to http://www.osgeo.org/ ) available under the Open Source Geospatial Foundation umbrella. The range of products is increasingly broad and diverse, and a there is a wide range of software (compatible with different operating systems) that integrates the ability to read and work with different raster and vector data models.
GIS OPEN SOURCE Summer School 2010 aims to ensure the highest quality of results and internationalize the curricula, in order to prepare students in an international working environment and competitive skills with emphasis on collaboration during the course.
Given that GIS has high input of IT, the degree of participation of ICT will clearly be high in the course content. Modeling, analysis and development are at the heart of all stages of the practical work of the programme. We are also planning to make available the course content online for the benefit of the wider geospatial community.
The program will take place in a mixed form: lecture and demonstration sessions, hands on sessions in computer labs and group work. The program is based on the development of a project that will serve as a guiding line of the program and the contents and techniques presented will be applied in the theoretical and practical sessions. The project will focus on Flood Risk Management in the Onyar river. No previous knowledge on this subject is necessary.