[OSGeo-Discuss] About OSGeo...
bob.b at gritechnologies.com
Fri Jan 18 21:42:38 EST 2008
Very thoughtful reply. :c)
I wasn't trying to incite a riot or anything, it just seemed a bit vague
on the press release page about what was appropriate (or not).
Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Bob Basques wrote:
>> So a press release can only be passed through for an existing OSGEO
>> project? What good is that to the wider community?
>> Or should there be another example added to the "Conception" section
>> of the "press Release" page?
>> That part on the bottom about costs for distribution is an
>> interesting piece, can anyone pay to have their press release handled
>> by OSGEO? Should anyone be able to?
> I'm not sure I followed the preceding discussion closely. I will say
> is a difference between OSGeo passing a press release on through the
> OSGeo Announce mailing list (and the web site) as opposed to OSGeo
> issuing a press release to the world using the press release methodology
> described on the wiki.
> The first (passing on announcements) has a reasonably low threshold.
> Basically the news editors (Tyler and I current) make a judgement call on
> whether we feel the announcement is going to be of interest, and is
> supportive of OSGeo's goals and we balance it against "too much frequency
> Major projects announcements from non-OSGeo open source geospatial
> generally pass this test though the "major" test is somewhat higher for
> non-OSGeo projects than it is for OSGeo projects.
> As for us issuing actual press releases, I think we should only being
> doing this for stuff that is very directly an OSGeo announcement.
> Partly this is because it uses up a bit of OSGeo karma with the press
> folks every time we hit them with a release. We don't want them to start
> dismissing our press releases because we seem to be coming out with a new
> one every week. And the other item is that there is a great deal of work
> in preparing and issuing a press release, including fairly stringent
> review of the release. I'm only aware of two or three press releases
> we have actually made it through the hoops to issue in this manner due
> to the effort involved. One press release in the queue (advertising
> the service provider directory) basically stalled and died because I
> couldn't pull together the effort to make it happen. So on that basis,
> I'm not too keen on trying to issue press releases on other projects
> behalfs (or even on behalf of OSGeo projects unless they are really
> earth shattering).
> I would note that the OSGeo press release guidelines can be used by
> anyone to issue their own press release (as long as they don't
> use OSGeo's logins, or issue it in our name). I succeeding in doing
> this a while ago for the "libtiff BigTIFF upgrade" effort on my own
> with guidance from those pages. But because that was my own effort
> it did not have to go through the usual OSGeo review process.
> All my own opinion of course. We don't really have very specific
> guidelines on what OSGeo will issue PRs on or pass on to the announce
> list. To some extent it depends on volunteers willing to do work and
> on the judgement of various parties.
> Best regards,
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