Flip the OTB sandwich
- Author: Victor Poughon
- Additional Contributors (if different than authors): Manuel Grizonnet, Rashad Kanavath
- Submitted on 28.09.2016
Update OTB's communication strategy by putting Monteverdi and OTB applications first. Write new descriptions and summaries reflecting this change.
So looking at our website today, it still looks like OTB is mainly a C++ library, with some barely relevant things sprinkled on top. After all, it's only a gpu renderer with sensor geometry texture mapping, 80+ applications with built-in multi-threading and cluster processing... not important right? Additionally, half of its description talks about its history: the ORFEO program, and who initiated the project and its funding. Surely we can do a better presentation?
I would say that with respect to its marketing and relevance as remote sensing software, Monteverdi and the OTB applications are the most important elements. The fact that it started as a C++ library 10 years ago funded by CNES is implementation detail.
So my idea is to take the OTB sandwich and flip it around whenever we are explaining "what is OTB?". OTB is first of all Monteverdi for visualisation of satellite images, then applications for processing, then bash and python for scripting, and then maybe C++ for advanced use cases.
Of course this does not change the reality of the technical stack or goals in any way. It's only a communication issue.
1. Change the slogan (right below the logo on the website)
Orfeo ToolBox is not a black box
Open-source remote sensing
2. Make a new "short description".
Orfeo TooLBox (OTB) is an open-source C++ library for remote sensing images processing, distributed under the CeCILL-v2 licence.
Orfeo ToolBox is an open-source project for state-of-the-art remote sensing. It ships with a fast image viewer, applications callable from Bash, Python or QGIS, and a powerful C++ API.
3. Make a new "long description":
Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) is an open-source C++ library for remote sensing images processing, distributed under the CeCILL-v2 license. It has been initiated and funded by CNES (French space agency) in the frame of a program named ORFEO to prepare, accompany and promote the use and the exploitation of the images derived from Pléiades satellites (PHR). Orfeo ToolBox aims at enabling large images state-of-the-art processing even on limited resources laptops, and is shipped with a set of extensible ready-to-use tools for classical remote sensing tasks, as well as a fully integrated, end-users oriented software called Monteverdi.
Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) is an open-source project for state-of-the-art remote sensing. Built on the shoulders of the open-source geospatial community, it can process high resolution optical, multispectral and radar images at the terabyte scale. A wide variety of applications are available: from ortho-rectification or pansharpening, all the way to classification, SAR processing, and much more! All of OTB's algorithms are accessible from Monteverdi, QGIS, Python, the command line or C++. Monteverdi is an easy to use visualization tool with an emphasis on hardware accelerated rendering for high resolution imagery (optical and SAR). With it, end-users can visualize huge raw imagery products and access all of the applications in the toolbox. From resource limited laptops to high performance MPI clusters, OTB is available on Windows, Linux and Mac. It is community driven, extensible and heavily documented. Orfeo ToolBox is not a black box!
Classes and files
- Update website main page. Done.
- Update README.md. Done.
- Update cookbook intro. Done.