[OSGeo-Discuss] presenting open source software or open source projects

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 08:11:28 PDT 2017

Thanks Tom, you kind of confirm that listing software (program,
application,technology) right direction - even if it hurts my heart.

You are correct that "someone looking to migrate" is the primary audience
of this. Indeed the other email thread has a tradeoff of providing a
"Similar Proprietary Projects" or "Migrate From" heading.

You are not covering old ground, thank you for contributing.

On 20 September 2017 at 06:53, Tom Chadwin <tom.chadwin at nnpa.org.uk> wrote:

> > I would like to bring to discuss a question that we are struggling with
> for
> > the website/rebranding - do we present "open source software" or "open
> source
> > projects"?
> > I am personally having a hard time thinking in terms of software since I
> like
> > the fact that open source project encompasses both the technology and the
> > people.
> For me, "projects" is of interest to contributors, while "software" is of
> interest to potential users. The range of OSGeo software/projects is
> bewildering
> to an outsider, with several pieces of software fulfilling the same
> function.
> Someone looking to migrate (I am assuming that is the prime audience of
> this?)
> would presumably need to know which of the many software packages to
> investigate.
> I would argue therefore that having QGIS Desktop and QGIS Server (for
> example) as
> a single entity for this audience is not helpful. Surely potential users
> have an
> idea of what they want to use the software for, and including multiple
> applications together is confusing ("I wanted a WFS server, not a desktop
> GIS").
> Of course, a "See also" for each package would then allow eg the linking
> of QGIS
> Desktop to QGIS Server, and also QGIS Desktop to gvSIG - in other words,
> links to
> software which integrates, and links to alternative software.
> I wasn't on the marketing list discussion - apologies if I'm covering old
> ground.
> Tom
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