[Board] OSGeo Contact

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Jan 2 12:21:05 PST 2013

I agree with Frank on this: there are times when a phone number is
needed, and this service works well.


On 13-01-02 4:17 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Cameron,
> I would note that in the past we mostly just gave Tyler's number for
> contacts, and after that I believe Arnulf put his personal number in a
> variety of contact places.  I think a google voice account as a voice
> mail service is good, and provides a reasonably reliable end point for
> communication that requires minimal changes as our executive changes.
> On the other hand I don't imagine it will ever get *much* use.  It
> just services as one aspect of being a professional, reachable
> organization.
> Best regards,
> Frank
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM, Cameron Shorter
> <cameron.shorter at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As we have been notified that our GoogleVoice phone number has not been
>> used, I think we should question whether we need it.
>> It seems that everyone wanting to contact us over the past ??? period has
>> contacted us via one of our other methods (email, or directly phoning an
>> individual).
>> While I don't feel strongly about it, I'd suggest we should drop the use of
>> the phone number, and reduce the amount of things we need to maintain.
>> On 3/01/2013 7:00 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>>> Hello Board,
>>> Frank and I received a message from GoogleVoice that our virtual number
>>> (801-896-7436) will be disconnected/reclaimed if we don't use it (either
>>> by making a call or sending a text) by January 27th.   So, this spurred
>>> some actions, and here are some notes:
>>> - this virtual number was setup by mgp (thanks!); email thread at
>>> http://osgeo-org.1560.n6.nabble.com/Tyler-s-phone-number-is-still-on-some-literature-td4916198.html
>>> - calls goto voicemail, with an OSGeo greeting, and the message is
>>> transcribed to text and emailed to info(at)osgeo.org (and a link to the
>>> audio message)
>>> - tested this and it is working well
>>> - logged into the GoogleVoice account and sent a text message to myself
>>> (to avoid this disconnection)
>>> - added a security number and email address to that GoogleVoice account
>>> (in case we forget the account password); currently my phone/email is
>>> listed but we can change that whenever needed
>>> - updated the OSGeo contact info on the wiki (still pointed to Arnulf's
>>> number) with my own number and this Google one:
>>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Contact
>>> - reported this contact change to an existing OSGeo-Live ticket
>>> (https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/999#comment:3)
>>> - note that this GoogleVoice number can make free NA calls or text
>>> messages (to make calls to other countries we'll need to add some credit
>>> to the account; currently there is a zero balance)
>>> If anyone notices any old contact references please make the changes, or
>>> let me know.
>>> -jeff

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