[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G MailChimp account

michael terner ternergeo at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 07:13:56 PST 2019


I think this is a great idea. Of course, it'd also be great if some "best
practices" and how-to materials accompanied this transition (e.g., how to
create a new campaign, how to open access to individual conferences [e.g.,
there might be two conferences using the list concurrently], etc.). The
only downside I see is that the list could potentially erode due to opt
outs emanating from regional events hitting the whole list. For instance,
if I'm in the USA and I start getting lots of emails for European events, I
may choose to opt out, and then I'd be off the global list too. Or,
perhaps, a best practice would be to require/strongly suggest regional
filtering for regional events, i.e., in my European event example, they'd
filter to only mail to European countries.

Just some thoughts that this is not necessarily as simple as it seems, and
we should think about the best practices and a smooth implementation.
Who/what committee from OSGeo might be considered to "own" this resource?

My $.02...


On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 7:43 AM Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think this is a great idea both from ensuring continuity and
> sustainability for future FOSS4G’s and also from a GDPR standpoint (the
> group of GDPR volunteers have not forgotten that we need to get OSGeo to be
> full GDPR compliant!!)
> ______
> Steven
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> On 24 Jan 2019, at 09:53, Vasile Craciunescu <vasile at geo-spatial.org>
> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> I hope my email finds you well. I will like to ask your opinion on a item
> that can be associated with the Conference Committee. At least since
> Boston, the various LOC of FOSS4G global are using MaiChimp [1] for
> communication with potential participants, register participants and the
> sponsors. The account is passed from one LOC to another without any formal
> agreement. There are more than 5000 contacts subscribed to this channel,
> all past participants at FOSS4G international or FOSS4G-NA. All agreed to
> be subscribed and receive communication from OSGeo/LOCs regarding FOSS4G
> topics. Compliance with GDPR [2] is also assured.
> My question to you if is not better to have OSGeo take over this account
> and provide access to FOSS4G LOC's. Why I'm saying this:
> 1. By having no formal way of handling this there is a chance to loose the
> account (lists, templates, campaigns reports, etc) in case of bad
> communication among the LOC's.
> 2. The account is not a big financial burden for the LOC (approx
> 77$/month) but at transition time some glitches can occur. E.g. last year,
> Mark paid for 1-2 months from his pocket because BLOC was slow to react and
> replace his card in the account settings. This can be avoid if OSGeo take
> care of the account.
> 3. The account can be also used by the important regional FOSS4G events
> like FOSS4G-NA and FOSS4G-Europe. There are mechanism to have separate
> campaigns and target the subscribes geographically.
> Of course, no LOC can be forced to use MailChimp for communication
> purposes. Is just an idea, in the context os OSGeo budget discussion, to
> make things easy for the future LOCs. What do you think?
> -Vasile
> [1] https://mailchimp.com
> [2] https://eugdpr.org
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