[GRASS-PSC] Sharing the workload (was: Chair motion)

Brad Douglas rez at touchofmadness.com
Tue Dec 12 23:57:09 EST 2006

On Sat, 2006-12-09 at 14:27 +0100, Markus Neteler wrote:
> On 12/9/06, Hamish <hamish_nospam at yahoo.com> wrote:
> ...
> > WRT Markus's work load:
> >
> > Sheparding in new modules etc takes a very strong knowledge of the code,
> > history, good C, the GRASS libraries, etc. (eg what's in the other 300+
> > modules and countless former GRASS 4/5 modules) This ends up being a
> > very short list of people to draw from. It, along with auditing
> > modifications to the libraries, is probably the most important task in
> > the project IMO. Maybe Frank can relate some GDAL/PROJ wisdom here.
> >
> > To help spread the load, hopefully other devels can adopt a handful of
> > modules each (ie the ones they use/know about), and act as liaisons for
> > the modules' external developers.
> This would be pretty helpful.
> > On the other hand, (from my uninformed position) committing new
> > translations seems like something that any of us could do and not
> > requiring the breadth of experience. If that is so, maybe we could move
> > that job to someone else as an easy way to lessen what we ask of Markus.
> > (perhaps a european type who speaks lots of languages :)
> > Or maybe he enjoys that job?
> Most jobs in the GRASS project are nice but life time is limited and
> payed work (employer) has to be done as well.

Excuses, excuses... ;-)

> > Same goes for the website, lots of people can help there. I think the
> > wiki is helping.
> >
> > Markus: It would help if you could make a list of jobs you'd rather were
> > passed on to others?
> Here we go:
> http://grass.gdf-hannover.de/wiki/Project_jobs
> Feel free to extend and clarify or to add more job descriptions.

This is an excellent idea.  Would it be reasonable to add positions for
maintaining various parts of GRASS?  Someone to review code submissions
in a particular area (ie. raster, vector, imagery, database -- so four
separate, but similar positions)?  I'm not sure how useful it would be
at this point, but I thought I would suggest it.

Will this document be posted to the users and developer lists when

I can co-habit the PR position.  I lack some of the fundamental skills
and time the position requires (ie. multi-lingual) so I can't handle it
alone at this early stage.

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