[Incubator] longer term approaches to an OSGeo Stack - [was: MapFish Incubation application - reactivation] [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Bruce Bannerman B.Bannerman at bom.gov.au
Tue Oct 27 20:19:10 EDT 2009


IMO, the two ideals are not mutually exclusive.

It is possible to encourage a quality set of recognised and well integrated OSGeo applications and still allow for diversity of approaches.

There will always be better ways of approaching a problem, and projects will naturally form to explore those concepts. In time these new projects may replace what is currently state of the art. This needs to be allowed for, or OSGeo will stagnate.

I'm thinking longer term, say five years down the track.

Is it time to sit back and think about what we want longer term in an OSGeo Stack, or do we just leave it to natural evolution and hope that we get a coordinated stack in the end?



> -----Original Message-----
> From: incubator-bounces at lists.osgeo.org 
> [mailto:incubator-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Jody Garnett
> Sent: Wednesday, 28 October 2009 10:57 AM
> To: Cameron Shorter
> Cc: dirk.frigne at geosparc.com; users at mapfish.org; 
> dev at mapfish.org; incubator at lists.osgeo.org
> Subject: Re: [Incubator] MapFish Incubation application - reactivation
> > One of the rules of marketing is "the less you write, the more your 
> > words will be read".
> > I feel the same about OSGeo projects. We should be focusing 
> on a few 
> > quality projects rather than a catalog of all projects around. The 
> > OSGeo brand should be helping implementers select the best 
> of the projects around.
> Interesting; the mandate for OSGeo is to support open source 
> geospatial; not really to a produce a sensible stack of 
> projects (there are many vendors doing exactly that and we 
> want to encourage their success).
> If the OSGeo brand wants to do some sensible work in this 
> direction we can start offering feature comparisons and so 
> forth to enable users to evaluate.
> With this in mind I am coming down completely in the opposite 
> direction; I want to encourage competition and collaboration 
> as two tools to increase quality across the board.
> Jody
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