GISproject to Provide OpenGeo Suite Sales and Support in Russia
New York, New York, September 8, 2011 — GISproject LLC, the leading Russian provider of geospatial training and solutions, and OpenGeo, producer of the OpenGeo Suite, have announced that GISproject has been named as an official reseller of the OpenGeo Suite within the Russian Federation. GISproject is the most recent in a group of organizations working with OpenGeo to offer expert, native language support as a part of the rapidly expanding OpenGeo global partner network.
GISproject LLC is a Russian geoinformation company that brings together specialists with unique expertise in digital cartography, corporate information systems, and the development of analytical and applied software geoinstruments. This new alliance with OpenGeo will substantially improve customer service for Russian geospatial software users. GISproject will host training programs and has applied for approval to provide first line support for the OpenGeo Suite. Local support includes: installation, localization and configuration of the OpenGeo Suite. OpenGeo will continue to offer complete technical support for OpenGeo Suite’s worldwide user base, including making modifications and enhancements to the core of the suite.
The collaborating organizations anticipate widespread adoption of the OpenGeo Suite. Recent Russian political declarations have placed pressure on federal executive bodies and state institutions to transition their systems to modern technologies. In response, Russian GIS users have turned to open source solutions. Upon signing the agreement, Chris Holmes, OpenGeo president said, "Having a local partner in Russia is a critical step forward to reaching our goal of providing global access to open-source geospatial software."
The push to modernize systems along with the receptive legal environment has created a market conducive to open source adoption; many are forecasting significant growth for the industry. Nina Lebedeva, the head of GISProject added “I’m convinced that the future of Russian geoinformatics is tightly connected with open source technologies. The GISproject staff shares this enthusiasm. We believe that the agreement with OpenGeo will take Russian GIS development to the next level."
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, the UK Ordnance Survey, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.
OpenGeo, a Division of OpenPlans