[Webcom] Foundation / Community / Projects Boxes

Jason Birch Jason.Birch at nanaimo.ca
Mon May 5 12:23:59 EDT 2008


I'd be happy to hold an IRC meeting (it's about time) but am getting
back from a week of working at home because of a broken toe, and am a
bit slammed with 'in person only' stuff at the moment.  How would
Thursday at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT work for everyone?  It's my regular
MapGuide slot, but there hasn't been any indication that MapGuide is
meeting this week.

1) Agreed wholeheartedly

2) I should take the blame for adding this; I added it because at the
time I was having to answer quite a few people wondering where they
were.  I don't have any problem removing the link, but would reserve the
right to re-add it if we start getting flooded :)

3 & 4) OK

5) I wouldn't mind seeing a link on the sidebar to "Incubating Projects"
(and a separate page set up for them) and the existing links to these
projects removed.  This would provide incentive for incubating projects
to move through the process as quickly as possible.  Additionally, and
this is a Marketing issue not WebCom, I think that incubating projects
should have at most a slot on a single sheet flyer for Incubating
Projects at any official OSGeo presence rather than a full page.


-----Original Message-----
From: webcom-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:webcom-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Frank Warmerdam
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 09:02
To: Web committee discussions
Subject: [Webcom] Foundation / Community / Projects Boxes


I feel that the "major boxes" around our web site are evolving
somewhat haphazardly.

I would like to suggest:

1) removing the "OSGeo Download Server" link because it links to only
    a subset of project downloads, and I think project downloads are
    found from the project page.  If we keep it, at least rename it to
    "Downloads" so it doesn't force a multi-line entry.

2) I don't think that "Logos" is important enough to appear on the
    "OSGeo Foundation" list.

3) I think we should have info on RSS News feeds in the first paragraph
    at http://www.osgeo.org/news_items instead of the link in the
    OSGeo Community block.  Potentially a link to the news_item page
    should appear in the Community block though we already have the
    link on the main page.

4) I think we need links to a few of the key committees with some
    focus in the Foundation block, notably "Marketting" and
    Currently these can only be found by drilling down through "About
    the Foundation", and then to "Committees".  I might also be inclined
    to move the public geodata committee there from the projects box.

5) I'm not really keen on marking projects in incubation on the main
    At the very least, if we do this, we should make "in incubation" a
    link to the incubation committee page so folks have a clue what this
    But to me it is clutter.

I would be happy to make any/all of the above changes, but I don't want
do it without some consensus or we are likely to keep changing and
I would like to gentle encourage our chair to hold an IRC meeting to
these, and perhaps other issues that folks would like to raise.

Best regards,
I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam,
warmerdam at pobox.com
light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
and watch the world go round - Rush    | President OSGeo,

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