[OSGeo-Discuss] Picking a name for "OSGeo Research and Education Labs Network"

Basques, Bob (CI-StPaul) bob.basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us
Tue Mar 19 09:46:39 PDT 2013


I remember the OSGEO Labs discussion way back, Robert-Bray was the one who I first recall bringing up "OSGEO Labs" in the discussion on it.  I remember this because I thought it was a really good idea at the time.  Maybe he got the idea from you.


This originated out of a rather long discussion on how to promote Incubation projects at the time (2007) and it was thought that "OSGeo labs" was the way to go for a name.  while I don't see it as having really taken off as a catch phrase related to OSGeo, I don't think I agree with hijacking the name at this point, unless the old meaning is somehow incorporated into whatever the new meaning is intended to be.  Could new projects be shepherded by the EDU group(s) of folks perhaps?

I do see the desire to use the name though.  It does make some sense from the EDU side of the tracks.  But wouldn't OSGeo EDU or OSGeo Education be a better description?  OSGeo Labs seems like more of a generic name.   Maybe EDU items are included under Labs as well as Incubation items?


>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-
>>  bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Cameron Shorter
>>  Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 3:27 PM
>>  To: OSGeo Discussions; Suchith Anand
>>  Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Picking a name for "OSGeo Research and
>>  Education Labs Network"
>>  All,
>>  Suchith's OSGeo Research and Education Labs Network is becoming
>>  more and more successful, with new educational institutions being
>>  added every week or two. (Are we up to 20 to 25 Universities
>>  now?)
>>  I see the list of emails has 46 people on it. So there is
>>  discussion about:
>>  1. Setting up an email list for all these people 2. Setting up a
>>  landing web page, something like http://labs.osgeo.org 3. Setting
>>  up a wiki page 4. Collecting names of participants, similar to
>>  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate
>>  But before doing all the above, we need to pick an abbreviated
>>  name for the "OSGeo Research and Education Labs Network"
>>  Ideas floated so far:
>>  * labs.osgeo.org (Probably the best name, but this name is
>>  current being used by projects which haven't started incubation
>>  yet).
>>  * Osgeo Specialist Labs
>>  * OSGeo REL - research and education labs
>>  * OSGeoEduLabs
>>  I'm personally in favour of the OSGeo Research Labs claiming the
>>  "OSGeo Labs" name as I believe that OSGeo Research Labs have
>>  already been using the term "OSGeo Labs" for quite some time in
>>  correspondence, the "Research Labs" are likely to become much
>>  more prominent than the current "OSGeo Labs", and I know the
>>  person who originally coined the "OSGeo Labs" term won't be
>>  offended (as it was me who originally coined the "OSGeo Labs"
>>  term).
>>  I'd suggest moving the existing "OSGeo Labs" to "OSGeo Pre-
>>  incubation"
>>  (or a similar term).
>>  I suggest that we wait for up to one week, before settling on a
>>  domain name, in order to give everyone a chance to add their
>>  comments.
>>  --
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