[OSM-dev] OSMF Engineering Working Group inauguration

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Tue Aug 16 02:41:00 BST 2011

Uh oh, a new working group.  Let's just hope we don't find out 5 years
from now that "computer scientist have told us that the current
programming languages we use don't work for data" and that we have to
change to a brand new untested programming language "because we need
to do something, and this is something".

On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM, Matt Amos <zerebubuth at gmail.com> wrote:
> the "Engineering Working Group"[1] is a new group set up with the
> purpose of helping stimulate the development community surrounding
> OSM. you don't need to be a developer to join - we're interested in
> hearing from everyone and ideas are welcome. software enables us to do
> the mapping we love, and to make use of the data we collect, so making
> our software better is part of making OSM better.
> although IRC isn't a perfect communication medium it's easy to set up
> and it's interactive, so i've set one up over at #osm-ewg on OFTC.
> just to kick off, i suggest a meeting next week on:
>  Monday 22nd at 5pm GMT
> (5pm CEST, 6pm BST, 1pm east-US, 10am pacific-US)[2] to start the conversation.
> a very rough agenda for the meeting, including but certainly not limited to:
>  * what are the barriers-to-entry for new developers?
>  * are there small projects (perhaps mentored?) which new developers
> can take on?
>  * what can be done to improve the usefulness of communication between
> developers and users?
> hope to see you there,
> matt
> [1] it's not necessarily the best or most descriptive name, but it'll
> do for now. other suggestions include "Development Support Group" and
> "Software Working Group".
> [2] yeah, i know, but no matter what time is chosen it'll be bad for
> someone. i suggest we start with this and i'm open to suggestions
> about rotating the time or setting up other communication channels
> which are less time-zone sensitive.
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