[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G Cookbook writing guide

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Sep 11 13:45:41 PDT 2012

Good thoughts. I've updated a "Relevance" section to the writing 
guidelines [1]. I suggest people start writing a section or two and we 
can test what sort of format we should be using.

     International FOSS4G: [Mandatory, Recommended, Optional, Not Relevant]
     Regional FOSS4G: [Mandatory, Recommended, Optional, Not Relevant]
     FOSS4G stream / Local Event: [Mandatory, Recommended, Optional, Not 

[1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Cookbook#Section_Writing_Guide

On 12/09/12 02:16, Peter Batty wrote:
> One thing I think we need to somehow distinguish is "general 
> conference advice" that (may) apply to any event, small or large, from 
> some items that are more specific to the annual global conference.
> I think that for the global conference what we are after is something 
> like a recipe - but one that people can choose to vary (in some aspects).
> But some items are not really negotiable for the global event, a few 
> examples that spring to mind are:
> - The logo has to include the FOSS4G ribbon, this is not negotiable
> - You need to allow a time slot on the agenda for the OSGeo AGM 
> (though this is not formally part of the conference)
> - You need to allow time for the Sol Katz award, traditionally in the 
> closing session
> ... etc etc (I have more items for this list if I dig back through 
> notes / lessons learned)
> There's a typical timeline that we adapted from Barcelona (and I 
> imagine they took from previous years) which is at 
> http://2011.foss4g.org/content/timeline
> I think a version of this with some more details added in is a good 
> piece of the "cookbook" approach to the annual event (again with 
> flexibility for people to adapt, but in most cases people are going to 
> follow this more or less I imagine).
> So I think we need to decide how to structure things with this in 
> mind. Do we have two separate sections, one that's a cookbook for the 
> annual event and one for smaller events? Or do we try to make it 
> mainly common information, and have the timeline and other global 
> conference specific items in their own smaller section? Or something else?
> Cheers,
>     Peter.
> On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM, Dave Patton <davep at confluence.org 
> <mailto:davep at confluence.org>> wrote:
>     On 2012/09/10 1:34 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>         Jachym, Maybe you like to start putting together Cookbook
>         headings?
>         It need not be perfect on the first pass, but it will be useful to
>         have a starting point which we can talk to as a group. (Feel
>         free to
>         remove the prior headings I had in place) I suspect that there
>         would
>         be other Conference Cookbooks on the web which we could make
>         use of.
>         It would be well worth doing some research to see if if is worth
>         basing our cookbook on some of them.
>     Just a 'comment from the sidelines' - various people have mentioned
>     that the "Cookbook" needs to be a 'guide', and that it can't be a
>     'recipe' for how to run a conference, given all the variations
>     involved.
>     However, the term "cookbook" does in some ways imply
>     "a set of recipes".
>     What about using the term "Body of Knowledge"?
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_of_Knowledge
>     -- 
>     Dave Patton
>     Victoria, B.C.
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