[Viscom-dev] Formalizing Event Management

Michael P. Gerlek mpg at lizardtech.com
Wed Feb 7 18:39:48 EST 2007

I'll take blame for the poor wording Frank noted -- that's why we do
reviews of this stuff :-)

It does point out the Big Hole in the process, though: if someone is
just letting us know of an event we've not already got listed, the best
VisCom can do is send out mail to discuss saying "Exvent X is
Happening!" and hope someone volunteers to be the Owner.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: viscom-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org 
> [mailto:viscom-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of 
> Arnulf Christl
> Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 7:53 AM
> To: Visibility Committee Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [Viscom-dev] Formalizing Event Management
> Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> > Arnulf Christl wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> we have decided to formalize how OSGeo gets involved in 
> events a few 
> >> months back. But now the new (very cool) Drupal event 
> calender lists 
> >> events that I not heard of before and don't know about the 
> status. I 
> >> have lost track and as Event List Manager this is my time 
> to raise the 
> >> white flag. I propose that we stick to the steps as noted 
> down here:
> >> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Event_Management
> >>
> >> I know that this more formal process might shy people away 
> but I see 
> >> no other way to keep track of what is going on.
> >> Comments?
> > 
> > Arnulf,
> > 
> > As a non-VisCom'er I have a bit of a concern with:
> > 
> > 
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Event_Management#Proposing_Par
> ticipation_at_an_Event 
> > 
> > 
> > It is not uncommon that people will approach me about an 
> event, or an event
> > will come to my attention and I would like to refer the 
> event to VisCom for
> > consideration.  However, I don't want to become the event 
> owner.  I just 
> > want
> > it queued for *consideration* by VisCom.
> > 
> > How should that work?  Is there a way for me to refer 
> things without 
> > taking on
> > substantial responsibility?
> > 
> > Best regards,
> Yes.
> Basically I am only telling the Wiki story yet again. Whoever 
> writes an email to VisCom or hacks a Wiki page leaves a trace 
> of who she is and when she put this information into the 
> system. That way she is automatically "originator" of this 
> Event. When she decides to not do anything further it just 
> doesn't develop into a real event (without her taking on any 
> substantial responsibility). I just want to add the <formal 
> nuisance> [[Category: </formal nuisance> stuff to make it 
> better accessible by VisCom.
> VisCom has the potential to make events happen although 
> nobody takes on responsibility on their own because it has a 
> mission and a budget and dedicated people (*consideration*). 
> To keep an overview of what is going on the Categories are 
> very helpful. That way VisCom can keep an eye on what new 
> events are proposed and may call them to the attention of 
> specific communities by posting to their list ("Hey Java 
> folks there is such and such...").
> An OSGeo service brought to you by VisCom. 
> PS:
> If [[Event Owner]] is too appalling to her we can call it 
> more neutrally [[Event Proposal]]. Eventually somebody will 
> change that tag to read [[Event Owner]] take on 
> responsibility that is directly proportional to the size of 
> the event and involvement. 4, 8 and 10 events of different 
> sizes are funded by OSGeo's VisCom budget.
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