[OSGeo-Discuss] projects overview?

Jody Garnett jgarnett at refractions.net
Thu Sep 18 15:35:30 PDT 2008

The quick answer is they are all related by being open source and by 
being spatial :-)

In general we try and encourage the use of standards (to share data 
between running systems) or even just the use of common file formats 
etc... but this is not a requirement.
There are overlaps in functionality; which is considered a good thing in 
order to offer you choice.

What are you interested in as a developer? There are plenty of projects 
that would love your enthusiasm (and time).

Lee Breisacher wrote:
> Hi. I'm new to OSGeo and geospatial software in general (but certainly 
> not new to software development). I would like to know if there is a 
> single overview somewhere that summarizes and "ties together" the 
> various OSGeo projects. I have visited the sites of each of the 
> projects listed on the OSGeo home page, but I have not found anything 
> that shows how the various projects are related, what data structures 
> they might have in common, what overlaps there might be in 
> functionality, what overlaps there might be in developers, etc.
> I'm a developer and would like to become involved, but I'm not sure 
> where to start. An overview would be quite helpful.
> Thanks,
> Lee
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