[OSGeo-Edu] Restarting our conversations and collaborative efforts

Charlie Schweik cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu
Tue Jul 13 09:45:48 EDT 2010

Hi Simon,

I've marked you down and concerns noted. I know this is difficult to 
manage given we are essentially a global group.


I'll wait two more days for responses of interest, then will work to 
establish a day/time that works for the majority on the list of
participants and will also turn to a more complete call agenda.

Do others think we should try and do this via IRC?  I think voice 
conversation is needed at first and then perhaps we can move toward a 
regular IRC meeting once we have some collaboration efforts going.


Simon Cropper wrote:
> Hi Charlie,
> I would be keen to listen in on / participate in the conversation. I have a 
> range of issues surrounding the development of educational material and would 
> be interested to hear how others are addressing them.
> Concerns:--
> 1) time of meeting. My preference is not to be wearing pyjamas when taking the 
> call. I am in the same time zone as at least 2 of the respondents so hope your 
> choice of meeting time is reasonable for all participants.
> 2) means of having the meeting. Falling clearly within the Generation X, I do 
> not run Skype, MSN, Pidgen, etc. So please include clear instructions of how 
> to join in on the meeting. Simply stating Skype+DateTime, is not enough - at 
> least for me[1].
> As outlined by Arnulf, minutes would be an advantage, so if people are unable 
> to attend there is an opportunity to contribute. To this end, a chat-room 
> would be better than a verbal conversation as the text can be readily saved,  
> conversation streams extracted and issues with all the relevant comments 
> packaged for others to comment on. These idea streams, conversations and 
> directions can be placed on the Wiki or posted on the mail-list for 'lurkers' 
> to read and be enticed to contribute. I have used chatzilla on freenode and it 
> had this functionality. I presume other technologies do as well.
> Bye-and-bye, I find it humorous that a group espousing the development of FOSS 
> GIS Solutions, use Skype a non-free proprietary software, to hold a meeting.
> [1] for the record, I use Ubuntu 10.04. I do not have a camera or microphone 
> attached to my system.

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