Welcome to Kartoza.
We are Free and Open Source GIS (FOSSGIS) Service providers providing a global service to individuals, companies and governments around the world who are looking to leverage the power of the Free Software movement to solve geospatial problems.
What is FOSSGIS? FOSSGIS is geospatial software that is available both as source code and (usually) in binary form. The licence of FOSSGIS permits it to be freely redistributed, modified and shared. Notice that ‘Free’ in the name is spelt with a capital ‘F’ – it refers to liberty (the freedom to share and modify). The business model around FOSSGIS is simple and fair: you pay for, or invest your own time in enhancing, configuring and deploying the software and do not pay any licence fees for the software. We encourage those who do improve the software to donate their improvements back to the community (and in some cases the licence requires this if you make your software public).
This creates an ecosystem where instead of each user of the software paying for the same things all the other users pay for, you only spend time, money and effort on the extra functionality you might need and at the same time you benefit from all the improvements others are making. We often describe this using the idiom “a rising tide floats all boats”. This is in direct contrast to the proprietary software model where each client pays the cost that the vendor thinks the market can bear. Another important element of using FOSSGIS is taking control of your own destiny and building local economies. Now you no longer need to be wedded to a specific vendor. Instead you can choose a support approach that suits you based on price, locality and expertise. This could mean simply using the vibrant communities around FOSSGIS projects to get support for free, choosing a local consulting firm to provide you services on a commercial basis, or approaching the developers of the software directly and engaging them to help you fulfil your requirements.
The ability to engage developers and consultants who are local to you has excellent economic benefits – the money you pay them circulates in your local economy and enriches local communities rather than being exported directly to some far flung country and enriching a company there. Another great benefit is that local skills and expertise are developed. On the FOSSGIS platform it is very simple for a new start-up company to create geospatial solutions with very little up front investment in software licences and upstream support fees.
Who are we?
Kartoza is a South African company (though we provide services to clients around the world). In 2014 Kartoza was formed as a merger between Linfiniti Consulting CC. and Afrispatial CC. We have offices in Swellendam in Western Cape Province and Johannesburg in Gauteng Province. For more information about our services, please contact us – we will be happy to help!
Coming from a background in applied conservation management, Tim Sutton became involved in the practice of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in 1998 when he joined and helped to set up the GIS division of for the Scientific... [see more]
Gavin is a Professional GISc Practitioner (PGP 1234), a Charter Member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), on the advisory board of the CGIS at the University of Pretoria, on the National Council of GISSA and has an MSc. He ... [see more]
André graduated in 1998 from the University of Pretoria with a degree in Civil Engineering. He started as an assistant resident engineer on a World Bank funded road upgrade project in Maseru, Lesotho. His first exposure to Geographical I... [see more]
Rizky is one of our developers from Indonesia and is based in Bandung, Java Island. He studied Informatics Engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology. Having used the complicated C++ language and... [see more]
Admire Nyakudya has been working in the geospatial industry since 2009. He graduated with a BSC Hons in Applied remote sensing and GIS from the University of Fort Hare in 2009. Admire has since acquired vast knowledge in Open Source GIS th... [see more]
Pierre-Alix studied a Master in Computer Science at Epitech in Paris, France.
After his studies he spent 8 years working as a freelancer for a fashion house in Paris. During that time he built a number of Internal web applications for a ... [see more]
Irwan is from Indonesia and is based in Bandung, Java Island. He studied Informatics Engineering in Bandung Institute of Technology. Mostly used Java that strong in Object Oriented Programming,... [see more]
Dimas is a Software Developer in Indonesia. When he isn't glued to a computer screen he spends time sleeping. He dreamed of world peace, but he realized he wouldn't be alive when that happen.
Rohmat is junior software developer from Indonesia. He graduated from Informatics Engineering at Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology in Surabaya.
Rohmat really loves to go hiking, trail running and many more outdoor activities. That... [see more]
Anita is a junior developer. She graduated from Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and Electrical Engineering at Gadjah Mada University.
Christiaan is a Junior Developer at Kartoza. New to the team, having joined only late 2018, Christiaan's previous background involved building in house systems at a hospital. Fortuitously, his paths crossed with Tim, whom, upon noticing h... [see more]
Carina graduated from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography with a BA in Applied Arts majoring in Art Direction. After this she studied further at AAA School of Advertising for one year majoring in Digital Marketing, Account Manage... [see more]
Petra has a BA Degree in Social Sciences from the university of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Petra has been working with Kartoza and its parent company Linfiniti since 2011. Petra manages office logistics, travel operations, and c... [see more]