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The Business of QGIS Development

Nyall Dawson is a QGIS developer, cartographer, and owner and founder of North Road, a company specializing in open-source geospatial software.

His journey into geospatial began with personal interests in mapping and cartography, which later evolved into a business called North Road.

But that’s not why I wanted to make this episode for you, I wanted to share this story with you because it could be your story too. 

You could decide to have a story that starts with contributing to something you care about, which leads to you becoming a known expert within a community that cares about the same thing and evolves into paid opportunities. That could be your story too!


You can connect with Nyall here:


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About the Author
I'm Daniel O'Donohue, the voice and creator behind The MapScaping Podcast ( A podcast for the geospatial community ). With a professional background as a geospatial specialist, I've spent years harnessing the power of spatial to unravel the complexities of our world, one layer at a time.