[OSGeo-Discuss] Proprietary GIS on our OSGeo website

Venkatesh Raghavan raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Thu Sep 21 06:44:54 PDT 2017

Hi Ben,

Many thanks for your inspiring email and for
bringing the focus back to the community.

As Jeff has also elucidated, the greatest strength of
the OSGeo Foundation is the community that all
of us have helped nurture.

Ben, I eagerly look forward to welcoming you as  as OSGeo
Charter Member [1].



[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_Member_Nominations_2017

On 9/21/2017 8:25 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> On 2017-09-21 8:02 AM, Ben Caradoc-Davies wrote:
>> On 21/09/17 19:54, María Arias de Reyna wrote:
>>> In fact, publishing blog posts comparing closed and FLOSS is also very
>>> helpful. If you are doubting what kind of software to use, a good
>>> comparison with table feature comparisons is very handy But that
>>> should be outside the project page, because we are not begging for
>>> users. We are strong projects on our own, we don't need to keep
>>> continuously comparing to the closed alternatives for users to know
>>> what we do.
>> Uplifting tweet of the week:
>> "Jon Kuperman‏ @jkup
>> Stop treating open source like a product you purchased and start 
>> treating it like a team you belong to."
>> https://twitter.com/jkup/status/909887066103676928
>> Referring to proprietary GIS on the OSGeo website risks misleading 
>> users that OSGeo projects are just competing products. We offer 
>> something that proprietary GIS never can: the opportunity to join a 
>> community of peers.
>> Kind regards,
> Thank you Ben, this is absolutely correct: we have an amazing vibrant 
> community, and we need a front-end website that fosters and promotes 
> OSGeo projects (especially those in OSGeo incubation as well as OSGeo 
> Community projects) and OSGeo initiatives such as the Summer of Code. 
> Period.  Full stop.  This is what our community is good at, and why we 
> are so desired today.  From experience I can tell you that this 
> struggle, that is being put forth here, will just separate our 
> community (you can see it is already) and make the community weaker.
> Let us help our OSGeo community grow.   Don't worry about competing 
> organizations (trust me they are fine, they have big money for 
> marketing and teams of people working on that), just focus on OSGeo 
> and our wonderful community.
> I am setting up an OSGeo "Website Management Team" now, to help bring 
> the focus on the OSGeo community, manage the website (and WordPress 
> theme), security, backups, content etc, and will propose this to 
> OSGeo's Systems committee and OSGeo Board; for the longterm 
> maintenance of the website.  I imagine during this maintenance process 
> we will be removing these unnecessary promotions, and focus on the 
> OSGeo community (us). We'll leave promotion of other things for those 
> with the big money ha, as they have the big funding for their 
> products, as you mentioned.  We will focus on the OSGeo community.
> Thanks Ben,
> -jeff

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