GDAL stands forGeospatial Data Abstraction Library. You will find people pronouncing it variably asgee-dal, orgoo-dle. I come back to goo-dle frequently because it trips off the tongue a little more easily than gee-dal.Goo-dle was the original pronunciation. The founder of the GDAL project pronounced it goo-dle for many years. When he stopped being the maintainer of the project, he took a job with Google and found it difficult to say he worked at Google and was the founder of the GDAL project.
An interview with one of the founders of Safe Software, Dale Lutz (an all-around nice guy and a thought leader in the geospatial world). Dale walks you thought the evolution of the problems that Safe is solving, and gives you insight into the fallacy of the one “file to rule them all” theory and talks about trends in the geospatial file formats and data exchange in general.