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Ben­galuru-

based DigiCol­lect-GIS, a geo in­for­ma­tion so­lu­tions com­pany, chose to built its value-added ser­vices us­ing open source tech­nolo­gies be­cause it could not af­ford the huge cost of in­vest­ments in pro­pri­etary soft­ware.

A startup which was boot-strapped by an­gel in­vestors, Ky­ron Ac­cel­er­a­tors, and also sup­ported by Nass­com, DigiCol­lect-GIS chose not to ac­cept ex­ter­nal fund­ing. This meant they were short of funds when they chose to build a plat­form. “We were a bunch of civil en­gi­neers and GIS spe­cial­ists, and did not have any IT back­ground. To keep our costs low while de­vel­op­ing a plat­form we chose open source as a model,” ex­plains Venu­gopal TV, CEO, DigiCol­lect-GIS.

Venu­gopal re­calls that there was not much choice be­cause pro­pri­etary plat­forms around GIS cost more than a few thou­sand dol­lars per seat. “We de­cided to crowd-source a por­tion of our de­vel­op­ment, and roped in some of the best talent from the open source com­mu­nity to con­sult for us.”

It took less than ` 3 lakh and four months to roll out the first ver­sion of the DigiCol­lect-GIS plat­form. “We have used the best of the open source world such as Django for the frame­work, An­droid ODK col­lect for client ap­pli­ca­tions, and Rab­bitMQ and Cel­ery for task sys­tems. In the back­end we are us­ing OpenGIS and Mapflow among many other tools.”

The DigiCol­lect plat­form has over one lakh lines of code which have been con­trib­uted by over a hun­dred de­vel­op­ers.

The plat­form will be launched in April 2014. The com­pany is cur­rently run­ning beta tri­als with six cus­tomers.

We used the best of the open source world such as Django for the frame­work, An­droid ODK col­lect for client ap­pli­ca­tions, and Rab­bitMQ and Cel­ery for task sys­tems

VENU­GOPAL TV

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