[OSGeo-Discuss] Should we write a FOSS4G Cookbook?

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu Sep 6 07:14:28 PDT 2012

Hello Cameron,

Making sure that a transfer of knowledge happens from one FOSS4G local
committee to the next is something that I've championed for a very long
time now - it is a thankless invisible task that not many are aware is
happening (archiving documents, pinging committee members over and over
to openly archive documents and logos and files, making sure such
critical parts of FOSS4G are kept - ribbon in logo, t-shirts for
attendees, hands-on workshops - to the point that local committees kind
of become annoyed with me).

My vision of FOSS4G (credit here to original "FOSS4G Heroes" such as
Venka and Markus of course) has always been very simple: to spread the
Open Source Geospatial passion all around the world.  It has not been
about money or politics.  The result has been FOSS4G local committees
are free to take this passion and mold it into their own vision.  Events
such as FOSS4G Cape Town in 2008 are proof of this.

I worry that such a 'cookbook' will hinder this open passion and vision
for a local committee.

The first drafts of such a cookbook came many years ago from Paul
Ramsey, from his 2007 experiences.  Since then I've heard rumblings from
Arnulf, Cameron and others.

I guess it is time for such guidelines.  For sure we need a conference
Content Management System internal to OSGeo that is required for all
FOSS4G local committees to use (not external systems such as Basecamp);
this is critical.


On 12-09-05 7:34 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> In analysing the downfall of FOSS4G 2012 [1] one of the key lessons that
> became apparent to me is that we are not very efficient at passing on
> Lessons Learned from one conference to the next.
> Could we do a better job of knowledge transfer by building an OSGeo
> Conference Body of Knowledge? Something like a FOSS4G Cookbook [2]?
> If so, what should be the scope of the cookbook? Should it only be for
> the international FOSS4G event? Should it cover regional conferences
> too? Should it also cover FOSS4G steams in other conferences?
> Who thinks this idea is important enough that you would like to help
> write sections of the Cookbook, or help with editing?
> What format should we use to write the Cookbook? Maybe a wiki?
> I'm interested to help push this idea forward if we as a community think
> that there will be value in such a collaboratively edited document.
> If you have an interest, please respond on the OSGeo conference_dev
> email list (rather than OSGeo Discuss)
> [1]
> http://cameronshorter.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/analysing-downfall-of-foss4g-2012.html
> [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Cookbook
> [3] http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev

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