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OSGeo Web Site Focus (WebCom)

== Target

Who *does* want to talk to us?

=== Users (Got Feature?)


ESRI Proffessional getting sick of status quo...

Senario: Told by a manager to look into what is going on?


  • Need to speak in terminology accessable to the target audience. Diagram of ESRI Archtiecture --> FOSS Architecture.
  • Page 1: Starts on the OSGEO home page (that his manager sent him from our latest press release)
  • Page 2: Will click on the AUTODESK link right away as that is a named brand he remembers from the 80s
  • Page 3: Sigh I don't know how to get this guy to the information he needs :-(

Here is the problem "George" just wants to know *what* to use, selection of components is a real problem here and we need to have some "certified" software stacks that he can try out, or write a memo on (ie we should evaulate this stuff that I read works together).

Would be better politically if we can ask some of the members or commercial providers to cough up a CD that can run on windows


  • We loose points for linux distributions (sorry but true)
  • Not interested in open standards (yet), that is part of a long play against vendor lock-in that George's manager is trying to step out of.
  • George wants to see a feature list (aka answer the question what can I not do if I choose FOSS)
    • Needs to see product set he knows, compared to what we got
    • it ** will do us no good to talk about the benifits yet (cause George does not know what an SLD document is).

George wants a definitive "yes" or "no". Yes = we are ready for biz and we just stole ESRI's lunch money.

"Lui" GIS Professional looking for cheap way to try out open standards

  • Once again start with the big picture, this time focus on interactions between components
  • We are allowed to list the specificaitons (they probably did a web search to find us)
  • Expected workflow:
    • Page 1 - Google hit centered around specificaiton (ie SLD), need a pretty picture or diagram so he knows that a) we got our act together about the SLD spec b) we can make it sing
    • Page 2 - Clicks on a "product" page of one of the programs that does SLD (ie GeoServer SLD page)
    • Page 3 - If Lui lasts this long it better be a demo that shows an SLD file hitting a live geoserver
    • Page 4 - Off to the GeoServer site to sign up for mailing lists, and get to know the gang.

User Expectations: - Video flash via wink (ie Show don't tell) - Expect each and every page to be "home", people arrive here via google and will not navigate the site, each page thus has to make obvious the story - we have at most two pages (clicks) to show them a pretty picture and give them what they came for - it is very hard not to talk down here, we have a different set of technocati terf staked out - each with our own terms - we are both right but we need to speak the correct langauge.

=== Developers (Got Code?)

"Sarah" Undergrad looking to have her homework done:

  • she can check out our toolkits (and even read the source code looking for the answer)
  • her project is in a specific lanaguage, or against a specific file
  • We can be blunt about asking her to consider our projects for graduate student work
  • many projects (like uDig) have additional facilities that are open to academics

And what to they want :-)

  • Simple functional site, see jakarta
  • No flash, it wastes time
  • Want to find the right *project*
  • These people *will* arrive via web search, there is no way they would start from our home page...

Structure Ideas

  • Need to be user-focussed.
  • New users? (What can I do with OSGeo projects, What is OSGeo, etc?)

Feature Ideas

  • Segmentation:
    • Education
    • Government (small, large)
    • Service Provider
    • Solution Developer

  • Convincers:
    • Community profiles (profiles of individuals activel in open source geo)
    • Project profiles (with lots of pretty screenshots)
    • Sucess stories (these are big; need to show sucessful implementations)