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

Basques, Bob (CI-StPaul) bob.basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us
Thu Sep 21 07:37:02 PDT 2017


I’ve been following this thread and this does seem like a good way to address most if not all the thoughts.

Another side to this would be in the ability to let the user(s) add to the keyword list of “other” geo products out there, whether FOSS or Prop.   It would allow for a useability matrix to build up over time as well, maybe even going so far as to grab a capabilities list of some sort from the users and consequently a mechanism for targeting new cabailities in the software being developed under the OSGeo banner based on these user capabilities/needs and a derived capability matrix.


On Sep 21, 2017, at 4:04 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan <raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp<mailto:raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp>> wrote:

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 trademarks,
and it could be better to avoid using these names directly on the OSGeo website.



[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 :)

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