[OSGeo-Discuss] open-source project site construction

Paul Spencer pspencer at dmsolutions.ca
Mon Mar 7 13:38:57 PST 2011

Besides SourceForge, Google Code is a great hosting environment for open source projects, and also github is becoming very popular.



On 2011-03-03, at 11:54 AM, Robert Hollingsworth wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm giving a presentation at the GITA conference in 
> Grapevine TX in April, as part of the OSGEO track 
> there.  (Audience: electric/gas/water utilities, 
> telecommunications, etc.)
> Subject of the talk: highlights of management of a 
> project as open-source, especially where that differs 
> from software development in the single-company, 
> closed-source model.
> Although the audience is likely to be mostly consisting 
> of non-software developers, I'll be calling on these very 
> people to team up with each other and with in-house 
> and/or consulting software engineers -- across company 
> lines -- to launch, build, and maintain open-source 
> apps that address needs in their respective subject 
> areas.
> I've got a fair amount of research to do to compile this 
> information -- what apps and file structures comprise a 
> viable project server, presenting all that through the 
> project web site, etc.   
> It has occurred to me that it would be useful to create 
> an "Open-Source Project Starter Kit," a file structure 
> consisting of the means to create and maintain a 
> project, with none of the actual content.  It's skeleton 
> website definition would simply point at the 
> unpopulated management components.
> A quick google suggests there are tools out there 
> addressing some of this.  And there's Sourceforge, of 
> course.
> But if OSGEO were to create such a kit, it could be 
> constructed so that the resulting projects match many of 
> the criteria for qualifying as OSGEO member projects 
> later.
> Any ideas out there on the feasibility of something like 
> this, how to construct, etc.?  I know a starter kit such as 
> this would be most attractive to the GITA audience I'll 
> be speaking to if it as close as possible to being a 
> one-button operation.
> Thanks,
> Robert H.
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   Paul Spencer
   Chief Technology Officer
   DM Solutions Group Inc

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