deegree Vision (and Mission Statement)
At the first deegree community space the vision of the deegree initiative has been discussed.
The vision might consider the following aspects:
1. Vision aspects
- Organisational setup of the initiative
- Market position, among the others
- Well-defined scope
- Community size and distribution
- Driven by community (not by technology)
- Clear outer appearance
- Well-structured inner communication
More detail: see below
Question: Is this a complete list of aspects to consider? (For more details on the discussion results see below)
Question: Are there good examples for a vision in neighbour areas/initiatives to learn from?
Further more, the question came up what the mission statement of the deegree initiative might be. The following notes had been extracted from the discussion:
2. Mission Statement
- A mission statement is missing – prior to the vision – (for the outside world) to better understand what it is all about, what the motivation to do it is
- It is about running a good business in the domain of geospatial data infrastructures (for some of us) and work together with others in that regard
- The deegree initiative can be seen as a party everybody is invited to
- The "new" deegree shall be more open, shall be a "real" open source project / initiative
- personal motivation, personal goal, business goal
Question: Is it important to work on the mission statement before thinking about the vision? - Yes
Question: Are there good examples for a mission statement in neighbour areas/initiatives to learn from?
3. Linux hotel meeting
- Inventory of input from attendees (30 min)
- Try to formulate a mission statement (60 min)
- Then make a priority list of vision aspects, where "scope" is perhaps the most important aspect to discuss (15 min)
- Discuss every vision aspect in detail. Make some sentences about it. (75 min before break) (90 min after break)
- Then (if we still have the time - if we go until 5 p.m. we have another 90 min): Make a long-list of actvities grouped by goal (translation from vision to action)
- Assign priorities to activities
Aspects of the deegree vision
4. Organisational setup of the initiative
- Initiative: Owner and home of deegree
- Support the community
- Maintain the infrastructure
- Manage resource pooling
- OGC compliance certificates
- Owner of the copyright?
- How can we integrate users into the 2 committees?
- Is it still appropriate to have the 2 committees?
5. Market position, among the others
- What is the intended market share?
- Who are the others?
- (Where) Is deegree different / special?
- Complex application schemas
- INSPIRE services, especially Download Service
- Quite some potential in the integration of Map, Feature and Catalogue Services ("unleashing the potential")
- ... but at the same time be ready for simple (or more simple) applications, have a nice interface for configuration and administration etc.
- use Open Data as a driver here?
6. Well-defined scope
- Still the "most comprehensive implementation of OGC and ISO standards in the Open Source world"?
- Which OGC services?
- Which encodings?
- What else? - Why?
- priorities (e.g. extensive vs. narrow support of OGC standards, functional vs. non-functional requirements, target group/applications)
7. Community size and distribution
- Europe or the world?
- Individuals or institutions?
- Industry or public services?
- A user base of 100, 1.000 or 1.000.000?
8. Driven by community (not by technology)
- Identification of community stakeholders
- Arrange requirements management
9. Clear outer appearance
- Definition of outreach tools needed
- Outreach team?
- Outreach activity funding?
10. Well-structured inner communication
- We already made some progress here but ...