[gdal-dev] [SeasonOfDocs] Offers for GDAL documenting

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 12:42:32 PDT 2019

Doing some cross-pollination of ideas between gdal list (techies) and 
osgeo season of docs list (writers)...

Feedback Lynden received from GDAL community based on his offer to help 
with docs ...

On 16/6/19 2:02 pm, Lynden Noye wrote:
> While Cameron is not wrong about me being a dev, that's been a more 
> recent thing for me professionally, I'm a much more experienced UX & 
> UI designer ;)
> Cameron, I've subscribed to this list too, I look forward to hearing 
> back on where I might be able to help out!
> On Sat, Jun 15, 2019 at 10:00 PM Cameron Shorter 
> <cameron.shorter at gmail.com <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi GDAL folks,
>     I'd like to introduce you to Lynden who has dropped by our OSGeo
>     Season of Docs community. He is a developer, has used ogr2ogr, is
>     an "expert gdal newbie", and is keen to give back to GDAL through
>     documentation.
>     Do you have thoughts on where there are documentation needs, and
>     where Lynden could be most impactful?
>     Cheers, Cameron
On 17/6/19 10:43 pm, Even Rouault wrote:
> Hi,
> this is really great news ! Given my experience with the project, I'm rather
> far from being representative of someone less familiar with it or with a non-
> developer profile, so thoughts from the broader GDAL community on what they
> feel is the most missing would be welcome.
> One thing I've in mind - this is rather a detail - is that we lost a bit of
> content (build requirements for each driver) during the Sphinx migration, as
> pointed out by
> https://github.com/OSGeo/gdal/issues/1204#issuecomment-498624481 , so this
> could be a potential task.
> More generally, I feel we might need more tutorial-like / how-to style
> documentation. The current documentation is hopefully rather decent as a
> reference guide, but lacking on the quick-start side. On the wiki, there are
> some source of information, mostly from
> https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/UserDocs , that could be interesting to
> migrate partly on the main documentation, but with a critical eye (some of the
> hints might be outdated due to later improvements, etc)
> Lynden, perhaps you've also suggestions from your practice of the project and
> its documentation on what you'd like to see added ?
> Even
On 18/6/19 1:16 am, Eli Adam wrote:
> There are some things that are very basic that might make the
> documentation more understandable to a beginner.  I'm not sure if
> these things are true or I've made them up or they are supposed to be
> too obvious to state.
> -nln = New Layer Name
> -nlt = New Layer Type
> -a_srs = assign spatial reference system
> -t_srs = target spatial reference system
> -s_srs = source spatial reference system
> -ot = output type
> -of = output format
> Are those true?  If not, I've used them to better understand (and
> remember) the options.
On 18/6/19 3:15 am, Ivan Lucena wrote:
> Talking about basics... Most of the SDK we download to build drivers 
> comes with an INSTALL file (.md or not) and that is what people 
> usually look for when they decide that they need to download and build 
> a FOSS. But GDAL doesn't have that. Yes, the information is there, 
> somewhere but it would be nice to have it more accessible for newbies. 
On 18/6/19 6:11 pm, Jeremy Palmer wrote:
> I think we could do with documenting the 
> https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/ConfigOptions in a more complete way 
> and including it in the main website documentation. We could also 
> consider including all config options that apply to a driver such as 
> https://gdal.org/drivers/raster/gtiff.html#configuration-options

Cameron Shorter
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Open Technologies and Geospatial Consultant

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