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

Venkatesh Raghavan raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Thu Sep 21 02:04:25 PDT 2017

Dear All,

If the aim is only to help new users who are not aware of
Free and Open Source Geospatial Software, it could be
better to have a dedicated page which allows new user
to input keywords (e.g. the present software they are using,
of the OGC standards compliance they are looking for etc.)
and returning the results pointing to appropriate OSGeo

If I understood correctly, I think this is what Sandro has been
suggesting and I like this approach.

As I already commented on the github ticket 1], I do not think
it is necessary to have an item such as "similar proprietary software"
or "Migrate From XXX" (also, we should rather propose "Migration *form* 
YYY to Free and Open Source
tool", where YYY would be the user input keyword).

Also, some of the names of Proprietary products are registered as 
and it could be better to avoid using these names directly on the OSGeo 



[1] https://github.com/OSGeo/osgeo/issues/100

On 9/21/2017 5:15 PM, Sandro Santilli wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 08:33:05PM -0700, Jody Garnett wrote:
>> How much of your initial concern was providing a link? Or is it just
>> displaying the name (switching to MapInfo for the example here). It would
>> be kind of nice if the it behaved like a keyword, and linked to the project
>> page short listing all the projects that one can migrate to from MapInfo.
> It's different degrees of annoyance. I guess a brand-less and
> link-less list of names of proprietary products would not be too
> "offensive" for me (assuming spam filtering lets it pass) but I'd
> still prefer an hidden keyword. Something that you never see written
> but is recognized by the search engine to give you back a similar
> software: you search for <proprietary> you get <free>.
> The "like Photoshop, only better" motto I like even when it contains
> the name because it explicitly bashes it :)
> --strk;
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