Outlining the Future of PostGIS and PostGreSQL
NEW YORK, New York (May 25, 2011) – Paul Ramsey, Geospatial Architect at OpenGeo and longtime leader in the PostGIS open source community, presented the keynote at PgCon, the international gathering of core PostgreSQL developers and community members in Ottawa, Canada on May 19.
The keynote covered the PostGIS spatial database, how GIS is being used inside PostgreSQL, and the specific development efforts needed to improve PostgreSQL and PostGIS in the future. Ramsey noted that future GIS workloads will include more and more massive analysis requiring support for parallel query execution inside the database. He also pointed to GPS-embedding as generating new data streams that are large enough to require parallel processing for simple storage workloads.
The audience of over 200 developers included PostgreSQL luminaries such as Tom Lane, Bruce Momjian and Magnus Hagander.
PostGIS is an integral part of the OpenGeo Suite, which is used by organizations worldwide to serve maps and data through web applications, mobile devices, and desktop clients. The platform is composed of tested, integrated, and supported geospatial components which also includes GeoServer, OpenLayers, GeoWebCache, and GeoExt.
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, the UK Ordnance Survey, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, New York City’s DoITT, the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, and the US 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.