Establishing Quantum GIS As the Principal GIS In The Public Sector

The Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Peninsular Malaysia (JPBD) aware of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government’s (KPKT) effort to implement the Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Master Plan decided in 2009 to research on the availability of Open Source Software (OSS) Geographical Information System (GIS) which could meet the requirements of currently used proprietary GIS because it is a heavy user of GIS. This eventually led to Quantum GIS (QGIS) which JPBD promotes nationwide throughout the department and hopes will extend to other public agencies that use a GIS. QGIS is a multi-platform application available on different operating systems including Mac, Linux, Unix and Windows. It was established in 2002 and matured with the stable QGIS 1.0 Kore in January 2009. Community support is vital for Open Source and to channel this support, QGIS has a blog, forum, user mailing list and an Internet relay chat (IRC) channel. Being available in many languages also led to its fast growth. The current version launched in January 2010 is QGIS 1.4 Enceladus.


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