[VisCom] Re: OSGeo Newsletter
wegmann at biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de
Mon May 15 06:33:25 EDT 2006
On Monday 15 May 2006 10:03, Markus Neteler wrote:
> I just wanted to bring to attention again the OSGeo Newletter
> idea - see below. Maybe we get the ball rolling in the next
indeed it is good to bring the attention back to an OSGeo Newsletter, it would
be good to spread informations.
A few questions should be clarified before an OSGeo magazine/newsletter can be
1) should it be a magazine (a la http://www.tuxmagazine.com/) or rather a
newsletter ( a la http://grass.itc.it/newsletter/index.php).
1a) concerning the layout
1b) concerning the type of articles
-> That means: Should it be attractive enough for companies etc. for
advertising or "only" for the community.
--> Which part of the community should be addressed (devel/user)?
2) Should it deal with OSGeo stuff only (announcements etc.) or does software
chapters exist, where certain aspects/problems of one specific package is
2a) the internal structure has to be discussed and must be clearly structured
so that the reader can easily find the (for him/her) important parts. If
sections are created, how many sections (GIS/RS/webmapping/ ...)
3) How often should it appear? monthly/quarterly
4) One of the main problem will be a) will enough people volunteer for a
certain section b) will enough users/devel. contribute to the magazine?
4a) Certainly an OSGeo magazine edt in chief, language edt, layout (!) and
subeditors for sections have to be assigned.
5) The internal file type/structure or program have to be discussed (Latex
5a) it must be handy for edt/layout etc.
5b) it must be easy for user/devel to contribute articles in the correct
Concerning these points I can contribute a few experiences from GRASS-News,
the newsletter of the GRASS-Project.
-> 1) GRASS-News aimed to be attractive for users and developers alike not for
companies hence no advertising.
-> 2) only announcements and articles concerning "user problems" were
discussed, rather module orientated no overview articles
-> 3) GRASS-News aimed a quarterly release but that depends strongly on the
articles submission frequency - release every 3-6 months
-> 4) There are enough people to help but it is sometimes tedious to fill a
volume, even though the people are very keen to submit an article.
-> 5) GRASS-News is written in Latex what is very handy for edt after you got
used to it but users are sometimes intimidated (sometimes Edt. have to do
Something along the lines to start with the "who volunteers" list: I would
volunteer for a GRASS section as Edt. if something like that exist or with
some more people to organise/edit a GIS/RS software section.
I am stronly looking forward to a OSGeo-Magazine, and I think it will increase
the visibility of OSGeo and its project enormously.
best regards, Martin
> On 3/23/06, Markus Neteler <neteler.osgeo at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Martin,
> > one of the ideas of the OSGeo foundation is to develop a
> > newletter. Venkatesh Raghavan suggested to join efforts
> > or links newsletters somehow. Please see below for details
> > What do you think?
> > Best regards
> > Markus
> On 3/23/06, Martin Wegmann <wegmann at biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > yes, indeed it is a good idea, a few questions/ideas below
> > On Thursday 23 March 2006 09:42, Markus Neteler wrote:
> > [...]
> > > > About outreach activities, probably one of the activities that could
> > > > be considered is an online journal or magazine that could be made
> > > > available under Free document or similar licence. Maybe a popular
> > > > magazine format would be better.
> > what is a popular magazine format? Do you talk about the license, the
> > design or the kind of software used (tex vs. ?)
> > > > Presently, the GRASS community is publishing a newsletter and maybe
> > > > some others in the OSGEO community are also publishing their own
> > > > newsletter. If such efforts could be combined, it maybe possible to
> > > > start a OSGEO magazine without much effort and money. Maybe Markus
> > > > can discuss with the people who are bringing out the GRASS news
> > > > letter if they are interested in combining efforts with others to
> > > > bring out an expanded OSGEO magazine. OSGEO magazine can server as a
> > > > forum for reporting recent developments and research, country
> > > > reports, etc. OSGEO magazine could also server as a advertising media
> > > > for OSGEO related companies. Maybe company sponsors can be given free
> > > > advertising space in the magazine.
> > It sounds good but then we need several more positions (advertising
> > coordinator, final editor (design and topics) and possibly one editor for
> > each software package/topic). I think it would be great and a strong
> > competitor for ESRIs etc. magazines but more informative ,-)
> > I would add kind of tutorial-research article, where the user can redo
> > some scientific analysis while reading the article, this way users can
> > more easily get in touch with the software.
> > Perhaps we should discuss it on the OSGeo list and have a look if other
> > Newsletter exist and if they are interested as well. Personally I totally
> > agree to move GRASS-News to an OSGeo-Magazine.
> > regards, Martin
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