OWASP Autumn of Code 2006 - Projects: Website and Branding
AoC Candidate: Aaron M. Holmes
Project Progress: xx% Complete - Progress Page
Background and Motivation
History Behind Project
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to develop, purchase, and maintain applications that can be trusted. Our website provides information, tools and valuable resources to the community and is a cost effective medium for distributing up to date material worldwide. Given this potential it is important that we focus on providing the best possible experience for our users so that they may take advantage of all OWASP resources.
Additionally, it is important for OWASP to identify itself as a trusted and authoritative source. Our goal is to create a standard which all OWASP projects and resources must uphold, as well as to create a brand to aid in distinguishing OWASP resources from those that are available elsewhere. Our intent is to provide an identity that is immediately recognizable within the security community which also carries with it a feeling of assurance.
Problem to be Addressed
The current OWASP.org website takes advantage of the community collaboration and ease of editing features of Wiki-based websites. However, the OWASP project is successfully growing in size and quickly outgrowing its original home. There is a great opportunity here to extend the existing site to provide a greater depth of functionality for community members, better organization, and a more robust 'user experience'. During this time it will also be beneficial to decide on a new look and feel to the website which will align with the OWASP branding and identity.
Benefit to OWASP Members and Community
OWASP members will benefit by:
- Having content that is easier to navigate and locate
- Taking advantage of the OWASP brand to gain trust within their work
- Increased site functionality (to be identified)
- Increased outreach and marketing of the OWASP resources, thus attracting more eyes and recognition
Goals and Deliverables
Plan of Approach
We will immediately commence updating and creating new content pages as required. Time will also be spent creating documents which will give in depth detail for all deliverables including timelines. A design brief will be prepared to ensure that all future work aligns with the branding of OWASP and to minimize the risk of creating an image that is not distinct or recognizable.
- Design website template
- Design print and promotional materials
- Design logos, certified OWASP logos, and other imagery
- Content updating and proofing (English)
- Prepare guidelines and standards for OWASP projects
- Prepare marketing brief discussing the identity of OWASP
- Prepare website documentation for future developers
- Develop features and functionality as identified by OWASP and community (Including web services and member only access pages)
- Audit website with the help of other projects
Risks and Rewards
Rewards of Successful Project