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IRC meeting done on January 6th about the OpenOffice.org Community for USA
* Now talking on #ooonlc * Topic for #ooonlc is: OpenOffice.org Native Language Confederation users channel | We can also discuss about problems to release your NL versions | http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Release_criteria | http://l10n.openoffice.org/ * Topic for #ooonlc set by MechtiIde at Fri Jan 1 03:22:51 2010 <atjensen> What about OO.o activities in North America - 2010? <jza> so is there a calendar book already in NA? <jza> I wonder if a google public calendar <atjensen> Not on the wiki..no. <atjensen> Florian mentioned an on-line calendar of events and indeed there are already many. <jza> could be available about FOSS <jza> but focused in the US <atjensen> What I was thinkng of was a calendar that was assembled by individuals actually saying that they or someone having to do with OO.o would be there. <atjensen> and use as one would to try and generate meet-ups <atjensen> It might be that we could see that 2 or 3 people are looking at a conference and ask if one would lead a BOF session <atjensen> or is someone already does that and is doing it again - to help get the word out <jza> right <jza> but to have the word out we need to promote events on the list <jza> I guess we already have a good amount already <jza> xScale and OSCON and pretty much the two main events nearing <atjensen> Today for instance on the user mailing list Johnathon announced that he will be releasing a paper dealing with OO.o at BibleTech 2010, March ?, in san Jose ca. <jza> we could be asking on the list who will be at any of these events and recruit them. <jza> cool <jza> I was invited to a CSIC event in Orlando but was too um... cumbersome to participate that I just couldnt be bother <atjensen> Yes - I looked at the list of conferences at the wiki this afternoon. Would we add the conferences to that list, do you think? <jza> yes is good to have it on the wiki <jza> that way we can also ask people to contribute <jza> if we are missing some event <jza> BTW what did louis reply with? <atjensen> i was also thinking of a little web form that asks folks <atjensen> Where do you want to see OTTO? <atjensen> And let them fill in the name of some festivial, conference or group that they think there would be interest in an OO.o presence of some kind. <jza> yeah I think Google Spread has a form module to do this polling or Zoho also have good form pages <atjensen> I've tried the Google form and it seems to work pretty well...anyway it was just a thought as a way to look outwards to events that would target user bases for the application. <jza> right <atjensen> Today on the marketing list someone mentioned evangalizing and I suppose I am thinking more along this line - this thinking about looking out to events not necessarily FOSS but say a teachers IT conference and the like <atjensen> But whether we could find volunteers to go to such an event and man a booth...well, that is where I thought that if user community members could say where they are going - well, they might well be wiling to put a few hours in a booth...then the recruiting is to find others that would go out of there way to be at such an event.. <jza> yes I know, tech events like teched or this web 2.0 events could be good <jza> there are many ways to evangelize from local communities to network with people already doing a lot of floss promotion <jza> I know many of them like helios, there are many american podcasters on the linux sphere <jza> like TLLTS, Linux basement, Lotta linux links, etc. <jza> so we can take care of their leverage and use it to send the message out <jza> we can also initiate or encourage someone to initiate an OOo related podcast/videoblog etc. <atjensen> Yes I agree with this <atjensen> I would say then that I am thinking of three areas of interset <atjensen> One - User oriented events ( Biblefest, Education Conference, Banking conference...etc) <atjensen> Two - Community FOSS ( LinuxFests..etc) <atjensen> Three - OO.o events ( Regional Conference) <jza> sounds great <jza> we could also think on flash workshops <jza> like 1 day events to do some talks, training etc. <jza> also was something I wanted to ask you, how much network do you have in your area to maybe pullin people into being part of OOo <jza> I know many people that are active across other projects like Arts <atjensen> me - I know mostly folks form the OO.o lists really and then maybe another dozen or so from other FOSS projects, as acquaintances I suppose <jza> yeah <atjensen> In my physical neighborhood there are OO.o users and local dealers that put OO.o on new machines...is that what you mean, also? <jza> what I did in the last event in Mexico city is that I went to the Java community <jza> and many people were interested in contributing <jza> atjensen: yeah, some kind of local team, usually is better than just 1 individual <jza> even if they are not OOo people but are willing to participate <jza> on events for "a good cause" or just something furthering IT in Education for example, or IT in small businesses <jza> there are many nitches that we could find support <atjensen> Oh, it's amazing what you can get people to do if you promise them, good coffee, hot donuts and stimulating conversation...of course you have to deliver on all counts.. <jza> yeah <jza> :) <atjensen> Well 45 minutes went by quickly. <jza> I guess we got a todo list now <jza> we would need to basically let other people chip in <jza> and we can give more structure to this brainstorm <atjensen> Yes.. <jza> I think that OOo budget could be used for this events as long as it's just donuts coffee :) <jza> we could do a college lab or something like that <jza> if we can get sponsors that would be great <jza> we just need to find enough people, document everything, and be able to sellin some sponsors <atjensen> OK - so what are the things that need doing right now? <jza> well we need like a structure <jza> like if we want to do workshops what do we have to offer <jza> OOo Cds, talks and maybe workshops <jza> let say the main target is end users or people wanting to learn IT we need to make a decision here. <jza> there is the people that might not know floss, or the people that dont know about computers (different population) <atjensen> Certification? <jza> no, just a workshop <jza> let say, how print labels <jza> which is something many business do <jza> how to balance your checkbook <jza> Gabriel's book is great for this <jza> if we can do some public workshops about this content <jza> give out OOo Stickers and CDs <jza> I think we got an event <atjensen> yes those are all good ideas <atjensen> Well, I think an hour is sufficient. Shall we post this as the minutes from the first "fill in the group name' meeting? <atjensen> I would like to look more at what you have in mind about structure. <jza> yes <jza> lets keep talking about this on the list <jza> I think US Community is pretty accurate <jza> OOoUSA <atjensen> I like OOoUSA <atjensen> but it would be a name for - what? <jza> an OOo community <atjensen> *smile*... <atjensen> A web site, a page on the OOo wiki, a non-profit corp...? <jza> babysteps <jza> we can start with a wikipage <jza> move on to a incubator project <atjensen> ok a page on the wiki <jza> we can also blog about it <atjensen> yes - <jza> I am sure that Ben could get re-blogged online <jza> he got a very well visited blog (SolidOffice) <atjensen> Alright - so we make a page on the wiki that is named OOoUSA (or some such) <atjensen> We get a buch of blogs out there that talk about this new group? this wiki page? this? <atjensen> Actually - back to what I was originally thinking of and trying to tie it in here <atjensen> If we could set up this idea of "Meet Otto"...(I know I need to explain this more) <atjensen> with our list of locations (events) where known OO.o folks will be <atjensen> wil our way for people to say they will be somewhere -( the form) <atjensen> and start some type of regular discussion towards are more organized group <atjensen> Have that the focus of the wiki page and then yes blogs, etc to get folks to come view it. <atjensen> :> <atjensen> Ok - well, this is a good time for me to call it a night. <jza> ok take care <jza> nice chat <jza> buh bye <atjensen> *lookie-here*. ooousa.com is a darned pricey domain name. network solutions lists it for $2988.00 <jza> dont worry about domains <jza> actually is rejected the idea of having our own domain <atjensen> Oh, I just find it interesting. <jza> usually should be within the same xxx.openoffice.org <jza> like other communities <atjensen> Really? <atjensen> I thought viral marketing worked best...distributed a bit more..no? <atjensen> us.openoffice.org ? <atjensen> anyway - just was a bit surprised at the premium price that the particular domain name pulled that's all. <jza> ok <atjensen> Ok - this time I am off. Pleasure talking and I will create the wiki page OOoUSA - put a copy of our discussion - and make a blog entry about it all :>} <atjensen> Good night