[Web Comm] Focus

Jason Birch Jason.Birch at nanaimo.ca
Fri Jun 30 00:32:46 EDT 2006

This is what I had in mind for the project info pages:
https://www.osgeo.org/content/projects/mapbender.html <https://www.osgeo.org/content/projects/mapbender.html> 
Feedback?  (other than bawling me out for using <font> tags... )
I'll get the other flyers/fliers/flowers up sometime over the weekend, taking into account any feedback.  As we develop the other pages, we'll interlink them (in a "Works with..." section, a "Case Studies section", etc...)
I'd really like to see something done about the domains and look/feel.  Can we either:
 - Not require that projects have a presence under the osgeo.org domain structure or
 - Figure out how to delegate these subdomains to the individual projects so they can continue with their current infrastructure?
A lot of these projects have strong and distinctive web presences in place; I feel that requiring them to toe the line is unreasonable.  OSGeo is here to promote these projects, not subjugate them. ;)


From: Jason Birch [mailto:Jason.Birch at nanaimo.ca]
Sent: Tue 2006-06-27 11:02 AM
To: dev at webcommittee.osgeo.org
Subject: [Web Comm] Focus


Our main priority right now should be to change the focus of the main
page from news-based to use-based, implementing some of the ideas on the
Wiki site focus page.

In order to do this, we'll first need to add content that can be linked
to.  My initial thought was to duplicate the content from the Where
as individual project pages under

I also would like to take the "developer spotlight" pages that Daniel
was working on and move them from the News project into the main site

To build some case studies, we'll need to draft an appeal to the main
list asking for people/organisations that are successfully using OSGeo
project-software in their processes.  This will help both to promote
OSGeo and improve the visibility of their organisations.

The projects, community spotlights, and case studies should all be
interlinked to allow users to obtain the most value no matter which page
they enter the site from. 

As well, things like the list of mailing lists and a list of
international/regional user groups should be linked from both the main
page and most of the user-targeted pages.

Once we start to get some of this content up, I would like to reorganise
the main page to allow new users to quickly find what they're looking

 - Government
 - Education
 - Business
 - ... ?

User Type
 - Manager
 - User
 - Developer
 - ... ?

 - direct links to our internal project pages, each of which lists the
official project page, links to mailing lists, etc.

 - Snippets of major OSGeo and project news.  I'd like to use the
news.osgeo.org project for general OSGeo and project news, and then
place major news items on the main WWW page with the Announcements
feature, pointing to the news project announcements.

If you want to start work on any of this, please let the list know.
Before we get too far, my first task is to clean out some old pre-osgeo
folders that are hanging around in the CVS.


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