Who's Using What - Rein van 't Veer Developer Profile
This week's Who's Using What Developer Profile spotlights Rein van 't Veer from the DEN Foundation (Digital Heritage Netherlands, The Hague).
##1. What open source tools are you currently working with?
In my work for the project Heritage & Location at DEN Foundation (Digital Heritage Netherlands, The Hague) we focus more and more on Linked Data, and Virtuoso Open Source is my open-source RDF store of choice for the moment. I think it is the best-performing single-server open-source RDF store currently around, with a staggering amount of features. The open-source versions limited to only one processor, but the performance on that single thread is pretty impressive. I haven't really tried it to any real scale though.
2. What open source tools have you used in the past to develop larger applications?
I'd like to make a big shout out for PostgreSQL/PostGIS, the best spatial database solution available. The interoperability with so many tools and stack solutions is a marvel, the possibilities are simply endless and I can still can't believe my luck that such a versatile and powerful software package is freely available. GeoServer is another extensive suite for exposing spatial data (in PostGIS for example) with well-established protocols and formats.
3. What are you currently developing?
4. What would you like to see developed?
Spatial and semantic technologies are still too far apart - that's generally missing in the semantic web field at the moment: good performance and diverse functionality on the spatial front. I'm really looking forward to seeing continued development for Apache Jena. It has been around for quite a while now and I've used it 'indirectly' with Sparqlify. I hope they keep up the improvements and extend the spatial functionality to full GeoSPARQ specs.