Yes, and for a very simple reason: "Open Source" databases are free and in 2010 extremely functional. Some products such as PostgreSQL have GIS-aware add-ons available such as PostGIS that can be used to spatially query the data. Alternatively, data can be prepared using commercial GIS systems and then shared to open source databases allowing a lot more stakeholders in an organization to simultaneously query, view, and comment on the data. Organizations tend to avoid large license agreements for software licenses that may only be used for a particular project.
Get Answers to your Mapping Questions
Robert C. White, Jr. is a third generation geologist with over 20 years of Geospatial Wisdom. His industry insight and practical expertise in the data development field are valuable assets to the serious explorer looking to increase the return on investment for his/her organization.
Every month, Robert shares his answers to some of the more pertinent data implementation and management questions facing the energy industry. Do you have a question you would like The Expert to address? Email your cartographic data questions to AskTheExpert@whitestar.com. Watch this column each month for Robert's expert advice!