[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo: Taking stock of OSGeo after six months
tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Wed Aug 16 22:56:38 PDT 2006
Great comments, questions and ideas Tim! I'm with you 100%.
On 16-Aug-06, at 10:25 PM, Tim Bowden wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-08-16 at 10:11 -0700, Gary Lang wrote:
>> As a board member, I’d like to throw out a question to our audience,
>> as we reach the six-month mark.
>> I’d be very interested to hear the general public’s description of
>> following, from their perspective:
>> What’s not working about OSGeo?
>> What is working about OSGeo?
>> Thanks ahead of time for your comments.
> Gary, some comments on the first six months and some questions for
> board/ list.
> As a lurker on this list it has been very exciting for me to see the
> OSGeo foundation take off. It gives us the opportunity for 'branding'
> and market presence. Some Issues I see: The incubation process seems
> to be taking some time to get going. Others who are involved have
> already said enough about this one.
> Allied project hosting: This is probably a subset of the incubation
> process, but recently the gpsd project was looking for hosting. Is
> there any reason why the board can't have the discretionary power to
> make a quick decision to host a project with simple needs that is
> of use
> and value to osgeo members without it being a formal part of or
> 'protected' by osgeo? The more complex the procedure, the less use
> osgeo can be to small projects.
> Logo usage: As a 'fellow traveller' rather than a member (voting/
> financial/ however) I'd like an easy way to register (for want of a
> better word) to use some sort of osgeo logo in my business/ web
> site as
> my consulting work is mostly GeoFOSS based. Has this gone anywhere?
> In asking for this I realise there is a conflict between promoting
> and protecting the brand; I do want to use the osgeo brand (in
> capacity I may be allowed), but I don't want the brand diminished by
> organisations or individuals who will discredit or misrepresent the
> organisation (either unintentionally or intentionally). Some control
> obviously needs to be put on how and who uses the logo. That's a
> problem for better minds than mine, but it's one of the important
> challenges I see.
> Annual conf: I take it foss4g2006.org is the forerunner to
> conf.osgeo.org? To what extent will it travel around the globe? I
> it this will depend on local osgeo chapters to do the legwork? Will
> various chapters 'bid' for the privilege of hosting the conf?
> Hot issues & media releases: Does the board have the skill/ authority
> to generate quick media releases pushing the osgeo position (is there
> such a thing?) to the media when issues are hot? Ie, geoDRM, free
> geodata, patents etc? Is osgeo on the radar of the 'GeoMedia'? If
> who is putting us there and keeping us there? Is it possible for
> us to
> react quickly enough before an issue loses focus in the media? Does
> Osgeo plan to get monthly coverage in the various regional geo print
> Lots of questions, but I think the time is coming when we need to
> address some of these issues in a more visible way.
> Tim Bowden
> Mapforge Geospatial
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