[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal Now Available

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Wed May 16 12:16:00 PDT 2007


This is a very interesting idea. I am curious about how would we decide the qualifications of the article reviewers, or on those submitting, "scientific" articles to the OSGeo Journal.

I'm loathe to impose the restrictions of university education on participation in the OSGeo Journal at any level. I believe there a lot of individuals involved in geospatial technology at an every day, hands on, and "dirty" level. I believe the availability of open source code in the geospatial arena is part of what makes this possible. I think a lot of people become involved in open source GIS as only a minor part of what they do. I don't want to isolate those types of individuals.

As an example, I have no university degree, but I consider myself an active participant in open source geospatial technology. This is despite the fact that it plays only a minor role in my day job.

I think of our goals with the journal is to appeal to a broad audience. My only concern with this idea is that the OSGeo Journal would become a publication that was exclusive to those from Academia. There is a lot of great work being done in the trenches. 

As long as we are flexible about who we allow to contribute and review articles I would support this idea.

Landon (A.K.A. The Sunburned Surveyor)

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Ames
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal Now Available

This may be a good time to mention a thread that Tyler and I discussed
a month ago with respect to the OSGeo Journal.

I suggested that we explore the option of having 2-4 peer reviewed
science type journal articles in future editions in addition to the
project updates and other types of articles, and I volunteered to help
coordinate the peer-review process. I'd be interested to know what
others think of this.  Would anyone else find it useful to have a
FOSS4G oriented  peer-reviewed journal article outlet? Anyone else to
volunteer for a peer review process? (Tyler are you still interested
in this idea?) - Dan

On 5/16/07, Paulo Marcondes <paulomarcondes at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2007/5/16, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) <tmitchell at osgeo.org>:
> >
> > On 15-May-07, at 1:06 PM, Helton Uchoa wrote:
> >
> > > Is there any information about permission for publish in another
> > > language?
> >
> > Good question.  Before I tackle the republishing rights question, I'd
> > like to know if there are any others out there who are hoping to
> > translate some/all of the Journal?
> I think I can work together with Helton in the Portuguese translation.
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Daniel P. Ames, PhD, PE
Dept of Geosciences
Idaho State University
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