[OSGeo-Discuss] [Marketing] Proprietary GIS on our OSGeo website

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 05:44:17 PDT 2017

Thanks for the discussion on the bug report. Please keep in mind that this
website is written by us, but it is not intended for us - it is intended
for the vast majority of the GIS industry that has honestly not heard about
open source yet.

These sections are optional, if one of our open source projects has a
particular target market in mind filling in this information would really
help! Indeed when I go to a normal GIS conference this is the top question
- since I have not had a chance to use the proprietary software it is not
one I can easily answer.

In the above bug report I would like to change the heading from "Similar
Proprietary Products" to "Migrate From", but perhaps that is too
confrontational? I would also like to avoid advertising proprietary
software, linking to the associated wikipedia entry if appropriate.

I am not interested in reciprocity, I am interested in OSGeo projects
taking competition to the GIS industry which as been missing.

On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:09 AM Margherita Di Leo <diregola at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 11:41 AM, Helmut Kudrnovsky <hellik at web.de> wrote:
>> Dear OSGeo community
>> I want to bring you a discussion on a github ticket about linking to
>> "similar proprietary products" [1] to your attention.
>> My comment there:
>> "I support and concur with Venka that the item "Similar Proprietary
>> Products" should be removed. There isn't only one proprietary GIS software
>> out there, there are several others. IMHO such comparisons may be part of
>> e.g. a reviewed scientific paper/elaboration, where our OSGeo projects - if
>> they want to - may link to. I see no added value for OSGeo to serve such
>> links. As already elsewhere mentioned by me, reciprocity is the key if such
>> items are listed, but I can't see this happen. "
> I agree. I don't understand it either.
>> I'm pretty much convinced that more effort to help our OSGeo projects
>> improving on every level (e.g. documentation, reach out, testing, etc) is
>> the key rather than linking to proprietary software. One of such
>> opportunities may be the upcoming Google Code In (GCI) 2017 e.g. to produce
>> nice screenshots for documentation, produce some fancy videos etc. based on
>> tiny little tasks for students aged 13 to 17. A good invest in the young
>> who will be our OSGeo's future.
> Thanks for mentioning that, Helli. May I add that suitable tasks for
> students may include design of web pages and / or promotional material, see
> for example  https://codein.withgoogle.com/archive/2015/organization/
> 4777925899452416/task/5259692246827008/
> I take the liberty of cc'ing the marketing committee, because it would be
> nice to see some members joining the code-in mentors pool. Let us know that
> you want to join, writing an email to gsoc-admin at osgeo.org and I'll send
> you the subscription form.
> Hoping that I didn't go much off topic respect to the original meaning of
> this email
> Thank you
> --
> Margherita Di Leo
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