[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo: Taking stock of OSGeo after six months
tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Wed Aug 16 22:54:39 PDT 2006
On 16-Aug-06, at 10:11 AM, Gary Lang wrote:
> What’s not working about OSGeo?
> What is working about OSGeo?
> Thanks ahead of time for your comments.
The two biggest things that I've been excited to see have been:
-promotion/exposure through conferences. The great opportunities
Autodesk gave us by sponsoring conferences for us - Where 2.0, OSCON
and next month, FOSS4G, EuroOSCON - as well as other conferences that
CCGIS helped coordinated -Intergeo and others- have generated a lot
of positive energy, especially for members/volunteers who helped make
those events happen. Working together has been a very positive
experience. It's been great to see and be part of. I think it is
working very well, though the Visibility Committee needs more members
to help make events happen around the globe.
-cross pollination between projects. I haven't been watching the
incubation process in detail, but from a general perspective I see
projects with mentors from other projects working together. That's
really exciting for me to see when I think that apart from OSGeo
there wouldn't be a good forum for working together like that.
The main part of OSGeo that I think is not working as well as it
could is communication. We have many mailing lists, which somewhat
hide the real activity that is going on if you aren't following them
every hour. There are committee conference calls as well. We also
have a very active IRC channel which allows for awesome 1-on-1, real-
time discussion, but it is also veiled somewhat from the public. Of
course you can review IRC logs, follow many mailing lists and watch
the wiki for changes, but we need some way to distill or amplify
these great discussions in a manner that allows everyone to know, at
a glance, what is going on. I have no real solution for this, but
I'm sure we can hack something together.
Another aspect of communication are regular reports from committees,
the board and other working groups. I'd like to see us get monthly
reporting working - hopefully it can help us keep up with some of the
key things that are going on. I also think that we could use a
newsletter. It could be fed by news items/summaries from the
committees and board, etc. And also highlight what folks in the
community are up to with OSS in general.
One other negative point is the membership management. By this I
mean the tools (or lack thereof) that allow us to find each, see who
is signed up to or interested in certain projects. When I tell
someone to join OSGeo, I don't have any meaningful way for them to
make a donation or for me to add their name to an official list
(other than the wiki). As part of this I'd like to set up a way of
making shirts and business cards available for those who want them
and get a payment process in place for receiving donations or orders.
So, nothing earthshatteringly broken in my opinion - it can all be
addressed with a bit of innovation, a plan and some elbow grease.
It's always just a matter of time before we get around to it...
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