[OSGeo-Discuss] Should we write a FOSS4G Cookbook?
Basques, Bob (CI-StPaul)
bob.basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us
Thu Sep 6 08:00:57 PDT 2012
Related to this, I've been wondering about how to go about setting up a business specific LiveDVD. Is there a possible synergy to be had with a recipe derived DVD (collection?) ??.
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>> From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-
>> bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Woodbridge
>> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:43 AM
>> To: discuss at lists.osgeo.org
>> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Should we write a FOSS4G Cookbook?
>> I think the 'cookbook' is a great idea! It is about capturing our
>> collective knowledge and experience, it not about limiting
>> creativity or change. Just like in software when you have an
>> individual contributor that has passion, vision and drive can
>> create wonderful things, you also have to help the other
>> contributors that are not so visionary to do a good job. The
>> 'cookbook' gives us a recipe for success, it is the basic stuff
>> that you need to know to get the job done successfully. To
>> continue with the analogy a visionary chef looks at the recipe
>> and changes it to suit his creative talents.
>> So it all depends on whether we "require" people to only follow
>> the recipe or we use it as a guideline for people that are
>> volunteering to help but may not have had past experience to get
>> things done correctly.
>> The cookbook is a great idea in my opinion.
>> -Steve W
>> On 9/6/2012 10:14 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>> > 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
>> > long time now - it is a thankless invisible task that not many
>> > aware is happening (archiving documents, pinging committee
>> > over and over to openly archive documents and logos and files,
>> > sure such critical parts of FOSS4G are kept - ribbon in logo,
>> > for attendees, hands-on workshops - to the point that local
>> > 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
>> > are free to take this passion and mold it into their own
>> > Events such as FOSS4G Cape Town in 2008 are proof of this.
>> > I worry that such a 'cookbook' will hinder this open passion
>> > vision for a local committee.
>> > The first drafts of such a cookbook came many years ago from
>> > Ramsey, from his 2007 experiences. Since then I've heard
>> > from Arnulf, Cameron and others.
>> > I guess it is time for such guidelines. For sure we need a
>> > 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.
>> > -jeff
>> > On 12-09-05 7:34 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> >> In analysing the downfall of FOSS4G 2012  one of the key
>> >> that became apparent to me is that we are not very efficient
>> >> passing on Lessons Learned from one conference to the next.
>> >> Could we do a better job of knowledge transfer by building an
>> >> Conference Body of Knowledge? Something like a FOSS4G Cookbook
>> >> 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
>> >> 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
>> >> think that there will be value in such a collaboratively
>> edited document.
>> >> If you have an interest, please respond on the OSGeo
>> >> email list (rather than OSGeo Discuss)
>> >> 
>> >> http://cameronshorter.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/analysing-
>> >> oss4g-2012.html
>> >>  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Cookbook
>> >>  http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev
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