[UW-GIS-L] UW ERDAS Imagine
mlog at u.washington.edu
Tue Jan 19 14:26:26 PST 2010
UW GIS and Remote Sensing Community:
Each year at this time we begin the process of renewing our site license
for the ERDAS Imagine software. Unlike past years where there were a
few departments or projects acting as the major funder for a large part
of the cost of this software ... this year few of the past supporters
are able to contribute to the site license. Therefore, unless there are
volunteers to make major funding support we will not be renewing the
site license contract.
Our annual cost is $3,500 for 15 floating seats, plus $1,000 for the
Photogrammetry add-on. In the past, I asked that people provide a
budget number and their approval for sharing this cost for this
software, which has most often been ~$300 for each of the "number of
seats" that they most wish to access.
This year things have changed! First, because software used in the
classroom can only be funded through academic budgets and not through
research dollars ... and budgets are very tight in each of the schools
... it is difficult to find enough funding support. Second, there are
other alternatives for image processing software which compete for
dollars to support this software license.
Many people are "working" on alternative methods for how site licenses
will (or can) be funded. Clearly the best solution is not the way we've
done this in the past. If you are dependent on ERDAS Imagine software
for your research and are willing to make a "major" contribution to the
~$3.5k fee each year please let me know.
School of Oceanography
University of Washington
mlog at u.washington.edu
Miles Logsdon wrote:
> UW GIS and Remote Sensing community
> It is time once again for our annual collaborative process of funding
> our campus site license for the ERDAS Imagine software. For those
> readers of this list that are not affected by this software renewal,
> please simply pass on the information to those that you know can help
> us. For those people that do currently use this software, as well as
> those that may be interested in the future, ALL ERDAS IMAGINE licenses
> at the UW will expire on January 31st, 2009.
> In the past we've been able to share this suite of software on campus by
> asking for users to provide ~$300 for each of the "seats" that they may
> wish to access. While for those user that want to access the software
> "more often" or for a class, we've asked that they support a larger
> amount. Some years (not often) there have been Departments or campus
> programs that "foot the bill" for everyone. This WILL NOT happen in
> 2009 ... so like many other many software purchases on campus, we have
> to work together to support the annual fee.
> Our annual cost is $3,500 for 15 floating seats, plus $1,000 for the
> Photogrammetry add-on. Each year I ask that people provide a budget
> number and their approval for sharing this cost.
> As you can see we've been a rather open and inclusive group of users. I
> would like to continue in that tradition by asking that those of you
> interested in supporting (and using) the UW site licenses for this
> software drop me a note (mlog at u.washington.edu) and I'll begin the process.
> For a complete overview of the ERDAS software 2009 core products you can
> check out: http://www.erdas.com/
> Once again, a big thanks to Luke Rogers for supporting the license
> server and keeping the software license available for everyone. For us
> to continue that collaborative approach, we do need everyone that uses
> the software to support this annual renewal process.
> Drop me a note if you are interested, and thanks in advance.
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