I finally got fed up with Planet GeoSpatial this weekend. Too much Google, too many formatting mess ups, and in general, too much crap. Although I appreciate that those who are working in the GeoSpatial space have a large interest in ESRI, Google Earth and Maps, and the general ’state of the industry’, my target interests are much smaller. I just want to know about what’s going on in the world which affects Open Source GeoSpatial software: I wanted what is essentially “Planet OSGeo”, rather than “Planet Geo”.
(Note that this is a commentary mostly on my specific interests, rather than on Planet GeoSpatial, which James Fee has done a wonderful job on maintaining for the wider target audience he has.)
Of note, I’ve not included several topics here, even though they are at least tangentially related to Open Source Geo:
- GeoRSS. There are a half dozen people who are regularly blogging about GeoRSS — not least, the GeoRSS blog. However, GeoRSS is not in and of itself “software”, which is my target interest, and I think the primary field in which OSGeo has thus far expressed an interest.
- OpenStreetMap. Although collection of Open Geodata is within the realm of OSGeo, at the moment I’m targeting software, and most of OSM’s blogging is not about software development.
(I’m happy to take feedback on my choices — or suggestions for more blogs!)
Notably lacking in this Planet:
- Blog for OpenLayers. Thus far, I’ve not set up a seperate infrastructure for OpenLayers blogging, sticking instead to the MetaCarta Labs blog. I think the time has come to grow out of that, and move into some OpenLayers infrastructure for blogging.
- Blog for GDAL. The library at the base of much of the Geo software on the web doesn’t have an RSS feed — for either announcements or general project discussion. Some of this is probably representative of the stability of the project: certainly after as many years as GDAL has been around, there’s limited content in terms of “Rapid Development” that many other tools like web mapping clients are still undergoing. Still, an announcements log with an RSS feed would be cool.
- MapServer. MapServer doesn’t seem to have a blog or RSS feed out of its website that provides interesting announcement-style updates, which would be good to see.
I think the things I see as ‘missing’ clearly demonstrate my bias in development and usage of tools — so I’m sure more people can point out what else I’m missing.
Looking forward to any feedback you might have.