[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Presence On Wikipedia

Helena Mitasova hmitaso at unity.ncsu.edu
Tue Dec 18 15:23:25 PST 2007

On Dec 18, 2007, at 3:41 PM, Landon Blake wrote:

> This might be more appropriate for the marketing mailing list, but  
> I thought all members might want a chance to comment.
> I’ve been doing a little work on a dictionary of GIS terms with  
> some of the folks from the education committee. At this point I’m  
> only defining terms I run across while writing my Metadata chapter  
> of the Free GIS Book. My work on the dictionary got me thinking  
> about Wikipedia.
> Would there be any benefit to having a coordinate group of OSGeo  
> volunteers that create and maintain GIS and FOSS GIS entries on  
> Wikipedia? I know that is one place a lot of people might get their  
> first tidbit of information about GIS. I thought this might be a  
> great way to get some positive public exposure, and to also provide  
> a public service.

Landon, the OSGeo entry is already there along with entries for  
several of the OSGEo projects (GRASS, etc)
> We could set up a wiki page to coordinate Wikipedia entries we help  
> to maintain, and I could start by migrating some of the appropriate  
> definition entries from the dictionary to Wikipedia.
I think that wikipedia entries for GIS terminology (with links to  
relevant osgeo web pages where appropriate) would be more useful than  
a dictionary of GIS terms maintained on OSGeo web site. There are  
probably quite a few entries already, although I found a lot missing  
when we were trying to cleanup the terminology used in our book. If  
you are thinking more about dictionary entries, Wiktionary may be a  
good place, but I am not sure that is what you are trying to do,

> Any thoughts or comments? Is anyone else interested in this? (Is it  
> a good idea?)
> The Sunburned Surveyor
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