[Web Comm] Web Committee Chair

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at ccgis.de
Thu Jun 22 14:55:22 EDT 2006

Jason Birch wrote:
> (Sorry for top-posting btw; Outlook is nasty, but I can't use anything
> else at work)
> Despite Jo's hope for a new lease on life for WebCom, I think that
> perhaps its stated responsibilities are too narrow to attract ongoing
> commitment and effort.  I had started to take on some of the items that
> interested me (site structure, navigation, etc) but really these were
> outside of the official scope of WebCom.
> At this point, I would be happy to support:
>   - killing off WebCom
>   - giving VisCom responsibility for site design and structure
>   - giving SAC responsibility for platform selection and maintenance
>   - joining VisCom (want a slightly used Web Coordinator?)
>   - limping along with the current infrastructure until something else
> is put in place.
> In support of this, I would also suggest:
>   - Placing a section in the VisCom todo for webcom tasks (and
> abandoning PT)
>   - Removing the WebCom project from osgeo.org
> Speaking of platforms, what are we doing to ensure that we can
> transition?  There is quite a bit of information that is only available
> behind our current proprietary infrastructure, such as user lists,
> user-to-project mappings, and mailing list archives.
> Jason

this is cool communication, I think I missed several replies and it 
still makes sense. WebCom dead now or not?

The transition issue is in parts already being addressed by SAC. All 
documents will have to be moved and except for MapGuide and -bender all 
the SVNs are still running elsewhere. The mailing lists will be an 
unhappier topic but our transition from SF to CN was so smooth that many 
did not even notice.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Arnulf Christl [mailto:arnulf.christl at ccgis.de] 
> Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 11:01
> To: dev at webcommittee.osgeo.org
> Cc: OSGeo-Board
> Subject: Re: [Web Comm] Web Committee Chair
> Jason Birch wrote:
>> Hi Arnulf,
>> It sounds to me like you're proposing that:
>> - VisCom takes over determining the content and audience of the 
>> website
>> - SAC takes over publishin this content
> More or less, yes - the way you say it rings good.
>> If that's the case, then I would prefer to re-join VisCom, because 
>> just publishing other people's stuff without input into what should be
>> produced and how it should be structured on the site is not much fun 
>> (for me).
> Thats perfect - you are very much invited, this is exactly the input
> that VisCom now needs.
>> In its present state, WebCom is moribund.  This is partially because 
>> of communication problems, partially because of frustration with the 
>> limitations of Collabnet and, from my perspective, because I was 
>> unable to participate for several weeks because of other events in my
> life.
>> I am interested in continuing WebCom, but only if it has 
>> responsibility for determining the approach taken for making the OSGeo
>> site a functional compass, not just determining the graphic layout and
>> acting as a publisher.
>> Jason
> If WebCom was moribund, then it just died. Amen (Jo - thanks for the
> short ceremony in the other mail).
> We still need to do some things (at least my two tasks :-). I will take
> over the job of stitching things together as long as we don't know what
> to do about it in the long run.
> Arnulf.
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