[OSGeo-Discuss] GIS-Lab (Russia)
sim at gis-lab.info
Thu Oct 1 10:26:13 PDT 2009
Arnulf, thanks for explanations, this is the answer I was looking for.
I think I never formally introduced our group so here it is. I hope
this will be an interesting read for some of you. I want to emphasise
that a lot of efforts and time spent is required to bring such
community to life and take its niche. But I hope our experience,
though very country-specific can be helpful.
We've build virtual non-commercial GIS/RS community that became first
place to look for GIS/RS field related information in Russia and
around, mainly of technical nature, but more and more on general
topics either. We're not officially registered and at the moment
consider such status as a rather an impediment than benefit overall.
We operate under a main principle that community should not advocate
any particular brand or type of software, though some of its members
are passionate about one or another (myself included).
We are online since 2002 and since then created about 400 articles,
various education materials, documentation, data, training etc.
Regarding OS software we focused our efforts on 3 things: 1)
Translation, we've translated manuals for gvSIG, GRASS, MapServer,
PostGIS (QGIS is underway), 2) i18n, we've localized gvSIG, GRASS,
QGIS, Geoserver, 3) Data - very critical issue, we've focused on
creating really free datasets like a localized database on populated
places, translation of GNS and alike 4) Tools support - we contribute
to several tools that we actively use: QGIS (including programming),
other OS tools - bugreporting 5) Articles-articles-articles,
overwhelmingly using OS software lately.
Overall our goal is to provide a framework for collaboration and
discussion, focusing on independecy and solid results. We have around
2000 (1+ posts) registered users at our forum, similar number of
subscribers of our maillist and around 3000 hits every day. Of course
the core group is smaller ;)
Finally and that is why I enquired about non-OSGeo groups. We are
willing to collaborate with OSGeo in all ways possible and will
continue our work in this field regardless of what organizational form
it will take again stressing vendor-type free concept.
Wow, that was a long email and it was fun trying to summarize everything
we've done in few words :)
ACO> On Wed, September 30, 2009 18:49, Maxim Dubinin wrote:
>> Local OSGeo chapters are great, but how about existing non-OSGeo groups?
>> Does OSGeo have a strategy to
>> build communication with them?
ACO> yes, OSGeo's intent it to embrace and support existing organizations with
ACO> the same vision instead of being exclusive. There is a Wiki page with some
ACO> links and always happy to be updated:
ACO> Please also feel free to introduce OSGeo to organizations that have not
ACO> yet stumbled across us.
ACO> In Germany the existing Free Software Geospatial organization FOSSGIS e.V.
ACO> (then named "GRASS user's group") meanwhile has become the official OSGeo
ACO> Local Chapter and we are working on the same goals and appear jointly at
ACO> conferences, trade fairs, organize hack sprints, etc. It is a lively
ACO> community and growing strong. It did take some time to work out the
ACO> details as is always the case with integrating existing organizations but
ACO> now all seem to be quite happy with it.
ACO> Best regards,
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