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RE: simplicity or web developer friendliness as requirements?

From: Linda van den Brink <l.vandenbrink@geonovum.nl>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:44:57 +0000
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I do feel strongly about capturing this as a principle or requirement or in some other way so that it’s clear we think this is important. Spatial data on the web should be easy to find,  use and to publish by non-experts. While strictly this is maybe not a spatial requirement, it is my feeling that nowadays spatial data is NOT easy to find, use and publish by non-experts. So it’s important to address this.

I put something on  the BP Principles page about simplicity a while ago. Wasn’t sure if it fit there, but it is, as Frans writes, more of a general principle and not a specific requirement.

There’s also another aspect to simplicity we should address: Our deliverables should be easy to use by web developers.


Van: Alejandro Llaves [mailto:allaves@fi.upm.es]
Verzonden: maandag 1 juni 2015 18:56
Aan: Ed Parsons
CC: SDW WG Public List; Frans Knibbe
Onderwerp: Re: simplicity or web developer friendliness as requirements?

El 1/6/2015 6:15 p. m., "Ed Parsons" <eparsons@google.com<mailto:eparsons@google.com>> escribió:
Hi All,

I agree with the sentiment, we should aspire for simplicity and recognise a broad community of users outside the traditional geospatial community - Maybe however this is best captured in the next deliverable the BP document ?


On Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at 16:27 Frans Knibbe <frans.knibbe@geodan.nl<mailto:frans.knibbe@geodan.nl>> wrote:
Dear friends of spatial data on the web,

There have been several calls for inclusion of requirements for simplicity in the UCR document. While I think simplicity is an extremely important aspect of system design, it seems to be a very general principle, something not exclusively spatial. For that reason I think we can't have requirements like 'spatial data on the web should be easy to use' in the UCR document.

It is also possible to find some more narrowed down calls for simplicity, focused on web developers particularly, asking for JSON and JQuery support for example, or saying that expertise on geographic data should not be necessary to work with spatial data on the web. I wonder if it is possible to define a functional requirement in the UCR document if this focus is applied. But again, compliance with existing standards and best practices for web development is hard to view as something inherently spatial.

Are there people that feel strongly about having a requirement for simplicity or web developer friendliness in the UCR document? If so, can you suggest a way to phrase such a requirement so that it is clearly in scope for the SDWWG?


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