News Queue

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This is a page is about how news gets posted for www.osgeo.org.

News Editor

News for osgeo.org goes through a news editor that ensures some degree of consistency and appropriateness. Currently the news editor is Frank Warmerdam with backup editor Jo Walsh.

news.osgeo.org

There is an https://news.osgeo.org/ project, but it isn't exactly clear to me what it is for yet. I think the intention intent is for it to be used to post all news items, with important news items also appearing on www.osgeo.org.

Submitting News

I believe we plan to setup a "news" mailing list to which the editor, and backup editor would be subscribed. Projects, committees or other interested parties can submit a news item to that mailing list. Then the editor (or if they are unavailable, the backup editor) would take care of formatting the item for consistency and putting it on the news.osgeo.org page. If the item is considered important enough, it would also appear on the www.osgeo.org main page.

It might also be reasonable for the news mailing list to be "subscribed" to an email feed from the various project announcement do-hickies, but I'm not really sure if they produce email or if this is worthwhile since the announce feature isn't currently much used.

On occation the news editors may also post items based on stuff they see happening without explicit direction, though this isn't the main task of the editor.

Mechanics of Posting

This is still very unclear. I think the major announcements will go into an "announcements" box on the main www.osgeo.org page, but I'm not sure how. I imagine that the news.osgeo.org page's main page will be a list of news item summaries, with links to subsiduary pages with more complete details. I guess these HTML pages would be produced manually by the editor(s). Much of this is "yet to be determined".