Difference between revisions of "Communication Working Group"

From OpenStreetMap Foundation
m (→‎Who we are: Removing surname for the time being - might add it again :))
(major rewrite updating the very old description)
Line 1: Line 1:
One of the foundation [[Working Groups]], the '''Communication Working Group''' was formed in 2010.
+
One of the foundation [[Working Groups]], the '''Communication Working Group''' takes on a number of communication related tasks and responsibilities. The group has been active to varying degrees since 2010, with a somewhat shifting role in that time. The focus is upon outward communication of the foundation.
 
The Communication Working Group has begun with an initial focus on communication between the OSMF (Board and Working Groups), its members, and the public. The Communication Working Group will create guidelines and frameworks to facilitate appropriate communication between entities like the Board and other working groups, ensuring their activities and achievements are communicated effectively to the rest of the community and wider public.
 
   
Other communication channels in and around OpenStreetMap may be in scope of the group’s activities. The group will do some analysis of the different channels, and areas where problems can be seen, e.g. signal-to-noise ratio of community discussions, and possibly develop some ideas for making improvements. However the immediate priority will be Foundation related communication.
 
  +
These days the group are largely concentrating on official news/announcement channels: [https://blog.openstreetmap.org blog.openstreetmap.org], and the OpenStreetMap [https://twitter.com/OpenStreetMap twitter] account [https://www.facebook.com/OpenStreetMap facebook] accounts.
  +
  +
This is where the foundation makes any official announcements. CWG also attempts to maintain these as informative/entertaining news channels for the OpenStreetMap project in general. These channels will never be the only source news, and so working out how WeeklyOSM and the blogs & diaries of the community relate to these official news channels, is a current challenge. In any case there is an expectation that OpenStreetMap has a lively and active blog and twitter account (an expectation among many community members, but even more so among outside observers). CWG is currently almost entirely occupied with trying to meet that expectation, and would benefit from more help (new members, or just temporary outside assistance) from people with good blog writing skills.
  +
  +
Being the "official voice of the foundation", these channels also carry an expectation that communications should always represent OpenStreetMap and the OSMF positively and responsibly, that being a summary of the [https://docs.google.com/document/d/19b4QViH5fIau0VBtZhi7AYO1mdftLh34iLIEb5jypu4/pub OSMF Communication Guidelines], a document maintained by CWG.
  +
  +
Another current activity of CWG is responding to press enquiries, normally by email. Typically press interviews are handed off to local community members or board members.
  +
  +
The [https://osmfoundation.org osmfoundation.org] website content and design was an early focus. Most content forms a relatively static "brochure" for the foundation, but the website carries various important living documents, and this continues to be overseen by CWG.
  +
  +
With more volunteers CWG could take on other tasks. "Communication" is a broad word!
   
Website design, and particularly the OpenStreetMap Front Page design is ''not'' in scope. The [http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/design design mailing list] is one possible channel/group for discussing that, but mostly developers congregate [https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues on github] to discuss iterative improvements.
 
   
 
__NOTOC__
 
__NOTOC__

Revision as of 22:54, 12 January 2017

One of the foundation Working Groups, the Communication Working Group takes on a number of communication related tasks and responsibilities. The group has been active to varying degrees since 2010, with a somewhat shifting role in that time. The focus is upon outward communication of the foundation.

These days the group are largely concentrating on official news/announcement channels: blog.openstreetmap.org, and the OpenStreetMap twitter account facebook accounts.

This is where the foundation makes any official announcements. CWG also attempts to maintain these as informative/entertaining news channels for the OpenStreetMap project in general. These channels will never be the only source news, and so working out how WeeklyOSM and the blogs & diaries of the community relate to these official news channels, is a current challenge. In any case there is an expectation that OpenStreetMap has a lively and active blog and twitter account (an expectation among many community members, but even more so among outside observers). CWG is currently almost entirely occupied with trying to meet that expectation, and would benefit from more help (new members, or just temporary outside assistance) from people with good blog writing skills.

Being the "official voice of the foundation", these channels also carry an expectation that communications should always represent OpenStreetMap and the OSMF positively and responsibly, that being a summary of the OSMF Communication Guidelines, a document maintained by CWG.

Another current activity of CWG is responding to press enquiries, normally by email. Typically press interviews are handed off to local community members or board members.

The osmfoundation.org website content and design was an early focus. Most content forms a relatively static "brochure" for the foundation, but the website carries various important living documents, and this continues to be overseen by CWG.

With more volunteers CWG could take on other tasks. "Communication" is a broad word!


Who we are

Former Members

  • Robert Barr

Contact

You can get in touch with the whole team at: communication@osmfoundation.org

Minutes

See Communication Working Group Minutes

This list gives a rough idea of when and how often we have been meeting, and allows you to delve into the details of our discussions. At one stage we managed a meeting almost every week on Mondays, but currently less regular