OSGeo web site, was: [Web Comm] osgeo conference web site

(this was originally sent to WebCom and VisCom, but i misspelled the
VisCom mail address, here goes again. Sorry.)

the help site that is displayed to new people when they first log in
should be updated to reflect the different levels of contribution. The
current page seems to diverge from what you said:

Additionally it might be confusing to people if the first thing they see
is a "request for new project" dialog. It is discouraging (so many things
to enter), confusing (not every new user will want to become this deeply
involved at first contact). And we probably don't want everybody to
suggest a new project first thing off but rather nudge them into joining
and contributing to existing projects. This could be reflected on the
welcome page for new users - like show a list linking to areas of
interest. From there (thats the currently slightly bleak web sites) it
would link to the resources of that project.

The rest is a mess, I have too many ideas, sorry to get nothing done.

I like what Frank said (Oh, did I say that before...=:-)

Jody Garnett wrote:

Thanks for the feedback. I got on a bit of a tear and wrote the previous
ones up, and then started evaluating the proposed website content
against the user needed.

I am starting to wonder if I should take this up with the viability
committee? Anyone care to clarify the focus difference between the two


In my opinion the Web Committee is responsible for the organization of
the web site, and ensuring it meets the various visitor profiles. The
Visibility and Promotion committee can be seen as driving general awareness
in the broader geospatial community about what OSGeo does. It will no
doubt provide some promotional material for the web site, but I see it's
role more as driving traffic to the web site rather detailed organization
of the web site.

Of course there is some overlap. In particular, VisCom has gone through
some of the same process of identifying different subcommunities that it
needs to reach out to. The "enterprise decision maker", the "end user"
and the "developer" for instance. So a little coordination may be in
order though I think cross membership will take care of that.

Best regards,
(wonder wonder - finally I understand what this setting clouds in motion
means. Its Zeus himself, god of the skies and thunder. ...or ist it that
every cloud has a silver lining?)

Who would like to take care of membership crossing to order coordination?
Someone from WebCom with strong nerves and commit access preferably.

I finally had time to look into the community document by refractions that
Jody linked from:

I like this really a lot. We have something starting up like this in the
Wiki for OSGeo itself (and some projects have it individually). Should we
leave it there (no no, not "leave" but nurse, cultivate and tend to) or
try to bring them together and set up a more static image of it at
osgeo/static. (no ? huh)

Best regards,
(Oh please, someone shut me up)

Project Developer and higher is required to access the svn.
Contributor can only submit docs to "Documents & Files" and submit

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On Apr 16, 2006, at 10:58 AM, Arnulf Christl ((CCGIS)) wrote:

I wanted to fill the void at https://conference.osgeo.org/ and
copied the
FOSS4G intro and a link to index.html. When trying to commit to
conference/trunk/www/ it didn't allow me to do so:

commit -m "link and text to FOSS4G to fill the void"
    Sending /usr/home/arnulf/workspace/osgeo_conference/
    svn: authentication cancelled

That probably means that being "Project Contributor" does not allow to
write to SVN automatically? Good to know, but how then does one
the privilege (as Mapbender source code warden I should probably

Maybe someone with SVN access would want to fill the void with the
below - or even be creative and make it a lot better. Leaving it blank
sucks. And maybe remove those additional mailing lists if they are not

Easterly regards,

Arnulf Christl

Anybody listening to dev@conference.osgeo.org at all?

    <title>FOSS4G2006 - Free And Open Source Software for
    Open Source Geospatial Communities JOINT CONFERENCE '06
    <b><a href="http://www.foss4g2006.org/&quot;&gt;FOSS4G2006&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/b&gt; is a
four day
conference, bringing together
    all the Free and Open Source Software
    for Geoinformatics (FOSS4G) communities. The conference
incorporates the
OSGIS Conference,
    Mapserver User Meeting, GRASS Users Conference, Java oriented
FOSS4G and
EOGEO Workshops.
    Lausanne, Switzerland will host the conference, making it the
first time
many of these groups
    will meet in Europe. It builds on the the success of the Open Source
Geospatial'05 conference
    held in Minneapolis, USA.
    What will be covered?
    The conference focuses on an array of open source technologies and
presents how they are being
    used around the world. Seminars and workshops will share the
theme of
advancing Open Source
    GIS technology, by covering management and technical aspects as
well as
the latest trends.
    How will it run?
    The event opens with one day dedicated to workshops, followed by
a joint
plenary session that
    will set the direction of the conference. An Exhibitor showcase
will run
the duration of the
    conference. This showcase will provide government, academia, private
organisations and associations
    with the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and educate
participants about Open Source
    technologies. There will be an opportunity to mingle at evening
such as the &quot;Meet &amp; Greet Exhibitors&quot;
    Reception and a Boat Cruise on Geneva Lake, with a dinner in the
thousand year old Chillon Castle.
    Who will be there?
    This conference is an exciting opportunity for both users and
to network, learn
    about products and services, and develop both technical and
skills for adopting
    Open Source technologies. The event is expected to draw over 500
from around the
    globe, representing the existing user and developer communities
as well
as those interested
    from government, non-government organisations, academia, and
    Finally, with the recent creation of the Open Source Geospatial
Foundation, FOSS4G2006
    will be an exciting opportunity to network with foundation
members and

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Arnulf Christl

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With best regards,
Arnulf Christl

CCGIS: ++49 228 90826 0
Tel: ++49 228 90826 23
Fax: ++49 228 90826 11
GSM: ++49 172 2958 004
Siemensstra├če 8
53121 Bonn