[Marketing] software vs project website discussion of gvsig and qgis

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Tue Sep 19 03:30:29 PDT 2017

My 1st thoughts on ‘projects’ and ‘software' are to look at definitions:

"In contemporary business <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_sector> and science <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science>, a project is an individual or collaborative enterprise, possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan>, usually by a project team, to achieve a particular aim.[1] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project#cite_note-1>
A project may also be a set of interrelated tasks to be executed over a fixed period and within certain cost and other limitations.[2] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project#cite_note-2>
It may be a temporary (rather than permanent) social systems <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_system> as work systems <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_systems> that is constituted by teams <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team> within or across organizations to accomplish particular tasks <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_(project_management)> under time constraints.[3] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project#cite_note-3> A project may be a part of a wider programme management <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programme_management>” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project>

"Computer software, or simply software, is a part of a computer system <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_system> that consists of data <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_(computing)> or computer instructions, in contrast to the physical hardware <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_hardware> from which the system is built. In computer science <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science> and software engineering <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_engineering>, computer software is all information <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information> processed by computer systems <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_system>, programs <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_program> and data. Computer software includes computer programs <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_program>, libraries <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_(computing)> and related non-executable data <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_(computing)>, such as online documentation <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_documentation> or digital media <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_media>.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software>

My interpretation: 
Each different application e.g. QGIS Desktop, QGIS server is ‘software’ (or we could alternatively use ‘application’ or 'program')
The QGIS Project is the umbrella organisation/collaboration/social construct/enterprise that encompasses and coordinates the individual software/applications/programs
I think the important thing for us as a marketing group is to consider what these terms mean to potential users rather than how we use them internally (for our community ‘project' can be interchangeable with ‘software’).


> On 18 Sep 2017, at 18:46, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:
> The choose-a-project wizard is now working, we had to cut down some of the tags last week and change how the pages were done to make it happen.
> This touches on a conversation with Steve Feldman from the code sprint. As part of the focus exercise the home page <http://osgeo.getinteractive.nl/> was changed to says "Choose your software" which then links to "choose-a-project". 
> It does bring up two interesting cases:
> 1) http://osgeo.getinteractive.nl/projects/qgis/ <http://osgeo.getinteractive.nl/projects/qgis/> 
> QGIS - has several software projects now under one banner.
> * QGIS Desktop
> * QGIS Server
> * more?
> This is kind of messing with the system (and resulting in oddities like QGIS being listed as a cloud processing service, I assume QGIS server could run in the cloud and qgis desktop offers processing).
> 2) http://osgeo.getinteractive.nl/projects/gvsig/ <http://osgeo.getinteractive.nl/projects/gvsig/>
> Same thing, there are now multiple gvSig software projects:
> - gvSIG Desktop
> - gvNIX
> - gvSIG Mobile
> - i3Geo
> Recommendation for the beta website:
> - Making the QGIS Association page under Partners, linking to individual pages for QGIS and QGIS Server project pages.
> - Makin the gvSIG Association link to the individual software project pages for gvSIG Desktop, gvNIX, gvSIG  Mobile, i3Geo.
> --
> Jody Garnett

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