As a founding member of the Puget Sound QGIS User Group (PSQGIS), I am often asked why one would want to use QGIS in place of the ubiquitous6 Esri GIS software. I have two responses to this question, the first based on the ideology of software freedom and the second based on value for the dollar.
Are you planning to attend the 26th annual GIS in Action Conference at Portland State University, April 23-24? If so, stop in and visit the King County GIS Center booth in the exhibitor hall where you can learn about the range of free resources that King County GIS has available, as well as our GIS consulting services and GIS training program.
If you are pursuing GISP certification, or are thinking of doing so, URISA is offering a webinar on the GISP exam process on April 3 and 4, 2018.
My first foray into the world of open source GIS occurred at a meeting of Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source (CUGOS) back in 2007 at the offices of LizardTech in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. At the time, I didn’t know anything about what open source was or how it was being used.