[Board] [OSGeo-Standards] glossary discussion on osgeo-standards ....

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri Oct 18 10:15:38 PDT 2019

Angelos, the other end of the day would probably be easier. I think this 
link shows board locations along with Ron (Hong Kong) and Reese (Tokyo).


Does anyone else from the OSGeo board have an opinion on this proposal 
and wish to share it? We could make the meeting coordination easier if 
we narrow participation to only those with an interest and an opinion.

On 18/10/19 8:16 pm, Angelos Tzotsos wrote:
> Hi,
> In that case we should probably arrange a specific call for this topic.
> I think the only working timeslot would be around 20:00-22:00 UTC
> On 10/17/19 9:24 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Angelos, the board meeting is 3am for me. The 3 of us involved are in 
>> this Asian/Australia timezone.
>> Reese, we can get you set up with IRC (Internet Chat Relay) quite 
>> easily. It is text based only. Quickest way to get started is with 
>> the web client: https://webchat.freenode.net/
>> On 17/10/19 10:19 pm, rplews at tc211tmg.org wrote:
>>> hello Angelos, thank you for the invitation, two issues for me, 
>>> local time is 1am and i have never done Internet Relay Chat. i can 
>>> do skype or zoom. if you have another time/date let me know.  sorry 
>>> about this time.
>>> reese
>>>     ----- Original Message -----
>>>     From:
>>>     "Angelos Tzotsos" <gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com>
>>>     To:
>>>     "Cameron Shorter" <cameron.shorter at gmail.com>,
>>>     <standards at lists.osgeo.org>, "board at lists.osgeo.org"
>>>     <board at lists.osgeo.org>, "OSGeo Discussions" 
>>> <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
>>>     Cc:
>>>     "Reese Plews" <rplews at gmail.com>
>>>     Sent:
>>>     Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:14:37 +0300
>>>     Subject:
>>>     Re: [OSGeo-Standards] [Board] glossary discussion on
>>>     osgeo-standards ....
>>>     Hi all,
>>>     Would someone be available to join our next board meeting to
>>>     discuss this issue?
>>>     https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2019-10-28
>>>     Regards,
>>>     Angelos
>>>     On 10/15/19 9:52 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>>         OSGeo Board, OSGeo Discuss,
>>>         I'd like to introduce you to this proposal that Ron and Reese
>>>         have been developing on the OSGeo Standards email list, which
>>>         I think should fit under the legal structure of an OSGeo
>>>         Committee.
>>>         I have vague recollections that setting up a committee
>>>         requires board approval? I've found some old tips on running a
>>>         committee here: 
>>> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Committee_Guidelines
>>>         Comments welcomed.
>>>         On 15/10/19 4:47 pm, Ronald Tse wrote:
>>>             Hi Cameron,
>>>             Thank you for the suggestions! I have updated the proposal
>>>             to reflect your comments below.
>>>             I would be honored to help with terminology management at
>>>             OSGeo. Can’t speak for Reese but with his leadership in
>>>             already doing terminology cleanup on Felicity’s sheet, he
>>>             seems pretty committed already :-)
>>>             Ron
>>>             ———
>>>             Recommendations for OSGeo terminology management
>>>             1. Establish a terminology management group in OSGeo.
>>>             ISO/TC 211, IEC Electropedia and OGC all have one for
>>>             terminology management. The existence of this group is
>>>             crucial to the success of the OSGeo terminology database.
>>>             It will play two essential roles:
>>>             a) As the gatekeeper of terms to ensure quality checks of
>>>             contributions
>>>             b) As the seat of central terminology knowledge for
>>>             alignment of terms and concepts. To facilitate the flow of
>>>             terminology knowledge to terminology authors and users.
>>>             It would be helpful to involve representation from ISO/TC
>>>             211 and OGC in this group, in order to leverage their
>>>             experience in terminology. Such experience will be useful
>>>             in situations such as alerting on cross-organization
>>>             alignment of concepts or term duplication.
>>>             An email list shall be setup for this group for internal
>>>             communication.
>>>             2. Establish a terms of reference for terminology 
>>> management.
>>>             For the terminology management group, a terms of reference
>>>             should be produced so that the steps for approval and data
>>>             quality requirements are clear. This should be openly
>>>             shared with contributors so they are clear on acceptance
>>>             criteria.
>>>             Contributors may propose changes to the terminology
>>>             database at any time. The terminology management group
>>>             shall discuss and approve or disapprove of the proposal
>>>             within a reasonable timeframe. This practice is in-line
>>>             with the open source, change-based, rapid iteration
>>>             mantra, similar to OpenSSL.
>>>             For releases, the group shall convene periodically, such
>>>             as every 4-6 months, to discuss previously decided
>>>             proposals, governance or technical issues related to
>>>             terminology management.
>>>             The method of submitting change requests shall also be
>>>             determined and announced so that contributors understand
>>>             the necessary processes and timeline.
>>>             3. Establish an online terminology database presence.
>>>             Terminology isn’t useful until people use them, which
>>>             means people need to first know they exist and what they
>>>             mean. Geolexica is an initiative that currently serves
>>>             ISO/TC 211’s terminology management group in making its
>>>             multi-lingual geographic information terminology available
>>>             on the internet (https://www.geolexica.org). We propose to
>>>             use https://osgeo.geolexica.org/ to serve OSGeo in
>>>             managing its terminology database. Geolexica not only
>>>             serves human-readable concepts and terms, but also serves
>>>             in machine-readable JSON, allowing APIs to directly
>>>             consume the content.
>>>             The structure of Geolexica is designed for efficiency with
>>>             streamlined management and operations. Terms are stored in
>>>             structured data (YAML) files, and are directly deployable
>>>             to the website. The website operates according to best
>>>             practices, and is served as a static website with dynamic
>>>             search functionality. Security and performance have always
>>>             been key considerations.
>>>             For terms that originate from other authoritative
>>>             terminology databases, such as those from ISO or OGC, a
>>>             linkage shall be established from the OSGeo terminology
>>>             database back to the source.
>>>             4. Use an issue tracker with source code management
>>>             functionality as an open communication platform (e.g.
>>>             GitHub).
>>>             The issue tracker is used to perform two-way communication
>>>             between OSGeo members and the contributors. This requires
>>>             every contributor to at least have an account, which helps
>>>             minimize spam. The source code management functionality is
>>>             used to manage terminology data in a machine-useable way.
>>>             There are generally two types of contributors:
>>>             a) those who suggest changes via textual description, and
>>>             b) those who suggest changes but can also format the
>>>             desired content in the data format used by the terminology
>>>             database.
>>>             People can easily help out with the former in formatting
>>>             the changes into a proper data structure change. This
>>>             allows the terminology management group to directly
>>>             approve, merge and deploy the proposed term modifications
>>>             (and creations, deletions), all made effective with a
>>>             single click.
>>>             5. Allow easy feedback from terminology users.
>>>             To minimize friction in the feedback process, for every
>>>             term offered in the OSGeo terminology pages we can offer a
>>>             “propose new term” and “propose changes to this term"
>>>             buttons. This allows user to directly go to the issue
>>>             platform (e.g. GitHub) to make the suggested changes.
>>>             A “contributors guide” document will greatly help these
>>>             people make the proper suggestions and have them formatted
>>>             correctly.
>>>             6. Initial load and data cleanup.
>>>             The initial load of the terms will involve a bulk load
>>>             from the cleaned terms and definitions that Felicity has
>>>             compiled. Geolexica could easily handle the initial
>>>             conversion from table format into the desired structured
>>>             data format.
>>>             The cleanup process has already been started by Reese
>>>             Plews, convenor of the TMG at ISO/TC 211.
>>>             _____________________________________
>>>             Ronald Tse
>>>             Ribose Inc.
>>>                 On Oct 10, 2019, at 3:34 PM, Cameron Shorter
>>>                 <cameron.shorter at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>                 Hi Ron,
>>>                 I really like your proposal. It looks very practical,
>>>                 should address quality requirements, and should be
>>>                 relatively light weight to manage. Some
>>>                 comments/suggestions:
>>>                 * You might want to mention the approach to your first
>>>                 load of terms, which probably should involve a bulk
>>>                 load from a derivative of the terms that Felicity has
>>>                 compiled.
>>>                 * I suggest we set up an email list to discuss terms.
>>>                 OSGeo can provide that for us, and I can coordinate
>>>                 that, once we have agreed on our approach.
>>>                 * I suggest that an updating the glossary be tied to a
>>>                 periodic event, at least annually. I think we should
>>>                 tie in with the OSGeoLive annual build cycle for this.
>>>                 * You haven't mentioned https://osgeo.geolexica.org/
>>>                 <https://osgeo.geolexica.org/> in your description. I
>>>                 assume that would be part of the solution? If so, I
>>>                 suggest mentioning it.
>>>                 * Another project I'm helping start up is
>>>                 https://thegooddocsproject.dev/
>>>                 <https://thegooddocsproject.dev/> (Writing templates
>>>                 to make good docs for open source projects). I expect
>>>                 that the solution you are proposing would be valuable
>>>                 for a wide variety of domains, and should be captured
>>>                 as best practices in TheGoodDocsProject. At some point
>>>                 in the future, I'm hoping that you might provide a
>>>                 generic version of your suggestions for others to
>>>                 follow too.
>>>                 Feel free to add your ideas below into the wiki at:
>>> https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive/wiki/Glossary%20terms
>>>                 (Maybe add "DRAFT" at the top, until we have the
>>>                 process set up.)
>>>                 * Ron and Reese, I'm hoping that you both will
>>>                 continue to provide the leadership and stewardship of
>>>                 the community as it grows? Your advice has been great
>>>                 to date.
>>>                 Warm regards, Cameron
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>>>     --
>>>     Angelos Tzotsos, PhD
>>>     Charter Member
>>>     Open Source Geospatial Foundation
>>>     http://users.ntua.gr/tzotsos
Cameron Shorter
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