Open source software is increasingly popular and actually makes up a large part of the end products or most used development libraries.
The wide spread of open source products is based on two main reasons:
- The first is that the realization of such products is often shared by many organizations: universities, research institutes, SW development companies, etc. and this has facilitated the implementation of a high quality code.
- The second is that much of this code is expressed in the form of products, libraries and plugins and can be downloaded for free as well as being free from high licensing costs typical of proprietary products and annual maintenance.
This allows the user to invest in the development of solutions using existing basic products.
The spread of Open Source is so high today to guarantee a wide range of quality products comparable to the proprietary ones.
The user can also evaluate the products of interest independently and decide which one is best suited to their needs.
The WebGIS software, developed with Open Source technologies, has now reached a large number of users, thanks to reliability, sharing and continuous evolution in line with new components and additions.
In fact, the products used with this technology are more significant and available compared to what happens with proprietary products.
For a long time ARCADIA SIT has been investing in the development of its own WebGIS product, based on open source technologies, for the dissemination and sharing of geographical information.
In this context, ARCADIA SIT integrated with the WebGIS (see website Skill WEBGIS) also products or third-party software platforms, creating in some cases, specific applications and customizations.
The logic that guides the choices of ARCADIA SIT and the development methodology are designed to make geographic data available for each area where this type of information can gain the objective advantage of creating a correlation between information, representation, consultation and analysis space.
For the product Desktop ARCADIA SIT has chosen, among the many Open Source Quantum GIS (QGIS) products, the development of plug-ins, to streamline the acquisition of geographical data, quality control, management of workflow production and analysis of data.
In parallel, other products to manage the data were selected based on their technical characteristics of openness and efficiency (POSTGRESQL / POSTGIS) and integrated with the WebGIS platform.
The ARCADIA SIT development team develops and personalises the products and updates the basic technologies, considering a constant analysis of the evolution of open source products to guarantee its investments and those of their customers, putting technological innovation at the center of the activities of software production.