[OSM-talk] "News blog" link - to blogs.openstreetmap.org?

Andy Robinson (blackadder-lists) ajrlists at googlemail.com
Mon Feb 16 23:13:40 GMT 2009

80n wrote:
>Sent: 15 February 2009 2:29 PM
>To: OJ W
>Cc: talk at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] "News blog" link - to blogs.openstreetmap.org?
>On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM, OJ W <ojwlists at googlemail.com> wrote:
>	The OSM front page has a "news blog" link - should that go to
>	http://blogs.openstreetmap.org/ rather than
>	http://www.opengeodata.org/ ?  (gives more of an idea what's
>	in the project, and still shows all the opengeodata stories)
>I've been wondering why the official OSM blog is at opengeodata.org rather
>than at blog.openstreetmap.org (sic).  Perhaps it's just historical, unless
>there's some logic to it that I'm not aware of.  It must be confusing for
>newcomers, and for the press, that major OSM announcements are made on a
>site that is apparently unconnected to the project.

Hey man, you know it's historical! Which means there is absolutely no logic
to it whatsoever :-)

>So, what makes opengeodata.org the official OpenStreetMap blog anyway?
>It's linked prominently on the OSM front page.  Who contributes to it?  I
>have an account there and most posts appear to be from OSMF board members
>but I don't know if all board members have an account and in the past there
>have been posts from non-board members as well.
>The wiki page has also developed its own news panel which contains briefer
>but more community centric entries.  OJW pointed out,
>blogs.openstreetmap.org which is a consolidation of community blogs.
>To complete the picture, the domain opengeodata.org is registered
>personally in Steve's name.  opengeodata.com is also a registered domain.
>It is not clear who owns it, but it redirects to openstreetmap.nl, so it's
>a reasonable assumption that it is owned by someone in the Dutch OSM
>Considering all of this, there seems to be scope for reorganisation to make
>things a bit more logical.
>So who's got any ideas or suggestions?

So, we have a pile of good intentioned legacy here. OGD carries posts on all
sorts of open geo data stuff in the early days (Aug 2004) including the most
important one http://www.opengeodata.org/?p=2 relating to OSM. Over time
Steve and the others he handed out access to have posted principally about
OSM but I'd argue it's never been the official OSM blog, it was just that it
was the only blog where official stuff re OSM ended up.

Should OSM have a separate blog, probably
Should OpenGeoData still be owned by Steve, probably
Should OSMF have a separate blog, well maybe but I hate to think we just
took a perfectly functional system of one blog and made it into three, that
sure is going to confuse the hell out of everyone.

I'm all for making our external profile more understandable to newbie's and
the casual visitor or press but lets not get carried away here.



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