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A couple months ago I tried ask downstream projects for a "welcome page" introducing their developers (if they have any) to the geotools library. That was not really a success :(
Todays blog post about "GeoBatch" (http://geo-solutions.blogspot.com/2011/10/geobatch-public-demo-available.html) makes me want to try again.
How do people feel about:
a) just asking people to send a link to the project
b) if they provide a welcome page we will show the project logo
On a related note I would like to make our commercial support items more visible (currently they are off in the user guide). I would like to follow the same guidelines; links to organisations offering commercial support; and a company logo if they have a specific geotools page. For example GeoSolutions would qualify as they mention GeoTools on their support page; where as LISAsoft would not.
From: Michael Bedward <michael.bedward@gm...> - 2011-11-01 09:42:54
> How do people feel about:
> a) just asking people to send a link to the project
I suspect the only way to get a good list of projects is to do the leg
> b) if they provide a welcome page we will show the project logo
Instead of the welcome pages, what do you think about just a single
page with a list of projects, each having a few lines of text and
optionally a logo and a small screenshot or other graphic. That format
is common in other library sites and is less work to maintain (I'm
assuming that the lack of enthusiasm shown for contributing material
will also apply to keeping it up to date :)
> I suspect the only way to get a good list of projects is to do the leg
> work ourselves.
Well I assume we would do an initial list; and then ask the user list if we missed anyone.
> > b) if they provide a welcome page we will show the project logo
> Instead of the welcome pages, what do you think about just a single
> page with a list of projects, each having a few lines of text and
> optionally a logo and a small screenshot or other graphic.
That was slightly more work than I wanted to do :-)
I did not want to be responsible for us keeping an up to date description of a project like AtlasStyler.
The only reason I am willing to go out of my way on the welcome pages is because they are focused on
developers and we need volunteers :-)
As for why have a list of projects in the first place? Mostly to show that the library is useful and used.