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'''OSGeo News''' is the working title for the official OSGeo Newsletter.  This is the summary page for the project and for developing future editions.
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* Current version is under development: [[Newsletter Volume 1]]
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The OSGeo Journal is an open publication highlighting open source geospatial projects, software development, introductions to projects, news, event and other OSGeo Foundation updates.
  
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This is the working page for the Journal project and its future editions.
  
== Background ==
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The Journal is always accepting article abstracts and proposals for future volumes. You can e-mail your submissions to the editor (sunburned.surveyor@gmail.com) or mention your desire to submit on the OSGeo Journal mailing list.
OSGeo News builds on top of the successful history of the [http://grass.itc.it/newsletter/index.php GRASS-News] production. [http://osgeo.org/files/news/GRASS_OSGeo_News_vol4.pdf Volume 4] of that production was a joint GRASS/OSGeo effort.  The next edition is broader and branded as OSGeo News.
 
  
== Submission of articles ==
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==Mailing List==
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You can contact the volunteer Journal team on the [http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter OSGeo Newsletter Mailing List].
  
Your article should be written in [http://www.latex-project.org/ Latex]. For instructions which format/style shall be used, please have a look at this working [http://grass.itc.it/newsletter/GRASSnewsletter_template.tar.gz GRASS Newsletter Latex] template. If you do not know Latex yet, don't be scared as it is quite easy. You might want to have a look at the [http://www.stdout.org/~winston/latex/ Latex Cheat Sheet] to get to know a few commands, e.g. how to enumerate, make tables etc.
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==Section Editors==
Please send your zipped document to the respective Editors (see below).
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The following is a current list of our section editors for the Journal:
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* News: Scott Mitchell
  
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==Journal Volumes==
  
== Editions ==
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*[[Journal_Volume_1]]
* [http://osgeo.org/files/news/GRASS_OSGeo_News_vol4.pdf GRASS/OSGeo-News Volume 4] (5.8MB)
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*[[Journal_Volume_2]]
* OSGeo News Volume 1 ([[Newsletter_Volume_1]] - in development)
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*[[Journal_Volume_3]]
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*[[Journal_Volume_4]]
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*[[Journal_Volume_5]]
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*[[Journal_Volume_6]]
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*[[Journal_Volume_7]]
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*[[Journal_Volume_8]]
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*[[Journal_Volume_9]]
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*[http://journal.osgeo.org/index.php/journal/issue/view/33 Journal Volume 10]
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*[[Journal_Volume_11]] (Annual Report for 2011)
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*[[Journal_Volume_12]] (Annual Report for 2012)
  
== Content Outline ==
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==Article Templates==
This is the typical outline for an edition:
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*[[Annual Report: Chapter Report Item Template]]
# Editorials
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*[[Annual Report: Software Project Report Item Template]]
# News
 
# Event Reports (2-3 articles)
 
# Project Spotlight (Introductions) (1-2 articles)
 
# Case Studies (2-3 articles)
 
# Integration Studies (2-3 articles)
 
# Topical Studies (1-2 articles)
 
# Programming Tutorials (2-3 tutorials)
 
# Interviews (1-2 people)
 
# Developer Announcements
 
  
=== Short description of content ===
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==Author Guidelines==
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*[[A Short Guide for Writing OSGeo Local Chapter Annual Report Items]]
  
* Editorials: written by Edt. in Chief or/and well-known person
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==Submission Guidelines and Licensing==
* News: past 6 months and next 3 months, just keywords/URL/date
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If you are interested in having an article published in the OSGeo Journal, please see our [[OSGeo Journal Submission Guidelines]]. Information on the licensing of submissions to the OSGeo Journal can be found on our [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_License_and_Guidelines OSGeo Licensing Wiki Page].
* Event Reports: Brief article about meetings/conferences etc.
 
* Project Introductions: General introduction to one software project or particular new features of a project
 
* Case Studies: Highlighting specific application of technologies to a certain problem, user community or developer needs
 
* Integration Studies: Articles showing how many projects can work together in an intergrated fashion, e.g. the power of GRASS, QGIS and GDAL all working together
 
* Programming Tutorials: Tutorials showing how to use a library or application at a programmatic level
 
* Interviews: Introducing open source community members or organisations
 
* Developer Announcements: Announcements about recent changes/improvements to projects
 
  
== Positions ==
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==Submission of Peer Review Articles==
Typical needs include volunteers to collect, edit, format articles and design/proof layout. Because layout is done using LaTeX, volunteers familiar with it are always appreciated. By having several editors and categories we spread the word out and reduce the overall load for each volunteer.
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You can read the requirements for submission of peer review articles to the OSGeo Journal on our [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Requirements_Peer_Review_Articles Peer Review Article Requirements Wiki Page].
  
Each editor is in charge of:
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==Journal Team==
 
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* Editor: Landon Blake
* looking through submitted articles
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* [[Copy_Editing | Copyeditor]]: Eli Adam
* doing a brief review and perhaps fwd. them to another more experienced user/developer or other Reviewer
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* News Editor: Scott Mitchell
* asking certain projects to submit articles (for volumes covering one subject)
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[[Category:Newsletter]]
* check for layout errors, so that the final files can easily be merged with all other sections
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[[Category:Journal]]
 
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[[Category:Advocacy]]
 
 
=== Open Positions ===
 
 
 
Name in brackets are proposals, please add somebody/you and/or remove your name.  Positions can be flexible too and others are glad to help coach you in your duties, so don't be afraid!  These positions can change from volume to volume, so if you want to just try it out for one volume, that is fine too.
 
 
 
Note crossed-out positions may still be available, add your name if you are interested in helping in any area.
 
 
 
* <s>'''Newsletter head''':  announcing new vol./call for articles; announce release dates - '''Tyler'''</s>
 
* <s>''''Edt. in Chief''': merging all sections, check for final version, asking all Edt. so submit final version etc. - '''Tyler'''</s>
 
* '''News Editor''': to compile general new items from past 6 months for 1-2 pages in the newsletter.
 
* '''Event Editor''': to compile information about OSGeo-related events and to find summary reports that could be included as part of the newsletter
 
<s>* '''Project Spotlight editor(s)''': some contributors will have something already completely written.  The editor would just help them get it into good form or would help ask more questions and gather more info  - '''Martin''' </s>
 
* '''Editor for Case Studies''': same as above..
 
* '''Editor for Programming/Code Studies''' : same as above
 
<s>* '''Editor for Integration Studies''': same as above - '''Martin'''</s>
 
 
 
<s>* '''Layout Designer''' - familiar with graphic design and/or LaTeX (first layout can be taken from GRASS-News, only for forthcoming version/changes further skills are necessary).  Help show your skills to develop a professional quality publication.</s>
 
* '''Spell-checker''': native-speaker to check all articles
 
* '''Reviewers''': You have particular expertise and can review certain kinds of articles for content.  Somewhat like a peer reviewer too, so logical questions can be turned back to authors if needed.
 
* '''Formating/Conversion''' - moving non-LaTeX content into LaTeX forms (each author/section Edt.has to check for latex errors etc.)
 
* '''Sponsor''' - interested in sponsoring the newsletter creation?
 
 
 
=== Assigned Positions ===
 
 
 
* '''Newsletter head''':  [[User:Tmitchell | Tyler Mitchell]]  
 
* '''Edt. in Chief''':  [[User:Tmitchell | Tyler Mitchell]]
 
 
 
* '''Project Spotlight editor(s)''':  [[User:Wegmann | Martin Wegmann]]
 
* '''Editor for Integration Studies''':  [[User:Wegmann | Martin Wegmann]]
 
 
 
* '''Layout/Design''': Kevin Yam
 
* '''Programming Tutorial Editor''': Landon Blake
 
 
 
 
 
== Reviewers ==
 
 
 
Please list yourself below with name, e-mail and field of expertise to review certain articles - individual editors will contact you if necessary:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'''Reviewer Name''': Landon Blake
 
 
 
'''Reviewer E-Mail''': sunburned.surveyor@gmail.com
 
 
 
'''Reviewer Subjects''': Coordinate Geometry, Geodesy, Surveying, Applications of GIS to Public Works and Parcel/Cadastral Records Management
 
 
 
== Newsletter Software ==
 
 
 
Based on GRASS-News (which was based on R News) Latex is recommended, but other publishing packages might be considered for forthcoming issues.  (For example, [http://www.scribus.net Scribus] has been recommended.)
 
 
 
Contributors ought to submit articles in Latex and images as pdf (high res jpg is fine as well, kim (inside kde) can convert them easily to pdf):
 
 
 
'''links to templates will go here'''
 
* template for article
 
** template for inserting images
 
** template for inserting tables
 
 
 
They can be copied from [http://grass.itc.it/newsletter/GRASSnewsletter_template.tar.gz GRASS-News LaTex template].
 
 
 
== Process ==
 
# Confirm editors/volunteers (in process)
 
# Set deadlines (in process)
 
# Solicit articles (in process)
 
# Collect/edit/review articles
 
# Format to LaTeX
 
# Produce draft
 
# Set deadline for review
 
# Revisions
 
# Final production
 
# Press Release and promotion
 

Latest revision as of 09:41, 25 October 2014


The OSGeo Journal is an open publication highlighting open source geospatial projects, software development, introductions to projects, news, event and other OSGeo Foundation updates.

This is the working page for the Journal project and its future editions.

The Journal is always accepting article abstracts and proposals for future volumes. You can e-mail your submissions to the editor (sunburned.surveyor@gmail.com) or mention your desire to submit on the OSGeo Journal mailing list.

Mailing List

You can contact the volunteer Journal team on the OSGeo Newsletter Mailing List.

Section Editors

The following is a current list of our section editors for the Journal:

  • News: Scott Mitchell

Journal Volumes

Article Templates

Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines and Licensing

If you are interested in having an article published in the OSGeo Journal, please see our OSGeo Journal Submission Guidelines. Information on the licensing of submissions to the OSGeo Journal can be found on our OSGeo Licensing Wiki Page.

Submission of Peer Review Articles

You can read the requirements for submission of peer review articles to the OSGeo Journal on our Peer Review Article Requirements Wiki Page.

Journal Team

  • Editor: Landon Blake
  • Copyeditor: Eli Adam
  • News Editor: Scott Mitchell