[Marketing] software vs project website discussion of gvsig and qgis
jody.garnett at gmail.com
Tue Sep 19 07:33:32 PDT 2017
I am going to have a hard time letting go of project, not sure I have the
energy to change this far in.
I do not find the term software used on its own often much recently. I
would of expected "technology" but perhaps that is me.
It is tricky as the unit of an open source is a project (not just the
software) and I wonder if we should use this as a teaching moment.
If I we to keep "project" we would need a sentence like: Open source
projects are a team effort producing geospatial technology.
On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 3:30 AM Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> A project may also be a set of interrelated tasks to be executed over a
> fixed period and within certain cost and other limitations.
> 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. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project#cite_note-3> A
> project may be a part of a wider programme management
> *"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
> 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
> 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
> It does bring up two interesting cases:
> 1) 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/
> 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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