[Webcom] Link OSGeo projects to OSGeoLive Project Overviews

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Jun 26 07:38:03 PDT 2013

Hi Ian,

To follow along your thinking, we might even consider funding a person
to maintain our osgeo.org systems; clearly it is one of the most
important parts of the Foundation, but mostly remains unmaintained and
stagnant.  If the WebComm agrees on this I could approach the Board
about this as a champion.  I feel we need this (in my mind).

As it stands now we have a need for a Drupal developer (to understand
our old system).

Anyway, I'll drop my activity in this thread, I've said my opinions, but
I am not on the WebComm so I will step back and let the committee make
the changes.

Thanks for listening all.


On 2013-06-26 11:29 AM, Ian Edwards wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> I think maintaining up-to-date summary pages for OSGeo projects is a key
> part of OSGeo's role.  It we just redirect users directly from our homepage
> to the individual project homepages then why not just expect them to
> research and find suitable software using a search engine and bypass
> osgeo.org completely?
> The OSGeo Live summaries are always up-to-date, consistent, suitably brief
> and well targeted.  They allow users to quickly understand the projects,
> including answering key questions about licence and platform etc.  Without
> these pages, I sometimes find myself checking licence information on
> Wikipedia as it can be hard to find on some open source project web sites.
> Ian
> OSGeo:UK
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
>> wrote:
>> Hi Cameron,
>> I am not sure why we are using summary pages for projects (as you
>> mentioned, they will just become out-of-date); easy answer is to point
>> directly to the project pages. (this is what users/readers on osgeo.org
>> want anyway)
>> -jeff
>> On 2013-06-26 10:15 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>> Jeff,
>>> Have a look at the links to the OSGeo web page.
>>> You will see that most links point to http://osgeo.org/<project> which
>>> is an out of date page.
>>> (At some point, I understand the web committee decided it best to point
>>> to consistent pages.)
>>> What I'm proposing is if we do point to an OSGeo page, we should at
>>> least point to an up to date one, hence the OSGeo-Live page.
>>> On 26/06/2013 10:00 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>>>> Hi Cameron,
>>>> As much as I think the OSGeo-Live project is wonderful, let's make sure
>>>> that we send osgeo.org readers directly to where they want to go when
>>>> they click on a project link: to the project's homepage.
>>>> -jeff
>>>> On 2013-06-25 5:54 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>>>> All,
>>>>> I recommend that the list of OSGeo Projects listed at http://osgeo.org
>>>>> should link to OSGeo-Live Project Overviews.
>>>>> Currently they link to either outdated OSGeo pages for the project, or
>>>>> the projects' home page.
>>>>> The OSGeo-Live Project Overviews provide a consistent description of
>> all
>>>>> projects, are updated every 6 months, and also provides links to a
>>>>> Quickstart for each project as well.
>>>>> I'm happy to do the updating, if someone can provide me with suitable
>>>>> permissions, and point me in the right direction.
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