Subject: Re: [Ows_solutions] [NYCGA Internet] Internet Working Group - Volunteer Information Form
From: Todd Grayson
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:12:08 -0600
To: Evan Wagner
CC: "" <>, OWS Solutions <>

What is the projected development timeline for permabank?
Should we be using a temporary solution like the proposed formset until the more permanent tool is in place?


 On 10/11/2011 10:38 AM, Evan Wagner wrote:

This is what Permabank is going to address...  I have been making announcements over the last few days regarding this.  Hopefully this time it will stick.  Anybody interested in collaborating, please reach out- we especially need front-end guys!



On Oct 11, 2011, at 12:09 PM, Todd Grayson<>  wrote:

If someone could represent the online volunteer tool discussions that is present in the working group meetings (OWS or IWG) that would be great.  I'm neutral to how the tool is realized, and I'm not sure if this is something already in progress / being built by either team we could get this pulled together regardless of choice quickly to enable working groups to gather volunteers and understand their skillsets for ongoing project resourcing.



On 10/11/2011 10:04 AM, Chaz wrote:
I love the idea of volunteer/skill sign-ins.
The amount of traffic and interest in this group is growing which is

Can we add a sticky on this list that enumerates the current
technologies/initiatives that are in progress.
Something like:
The ITG is working to create and maintain the information technology
face of OWS. We are looking for volunteers with ideas and experience
in a wide array technologies. We would like to focus on open source
products to further our cause as much as possible. Presently we are
looking for volunteers with experience in these areas:
- Web/*nix server administration (LAMP, mail, DNS etc)
- WordPress provisioning/administration
- Group Collaboration software
- Mobile platform accessibility
- ADA Compliance testing / Accessibility
- GIS/Mapping applications (openlayers, mapserver)

When people join the group they can find out what technologies are
being used and volunteer.
Also, if people have equipment/resources to donate we can try to get
them the information for doing so or the people that can help


On Oct 11, 10:24 am, Mark Pruce<>   wrote:
Yeah, it wouldn't be like migrating an entire site off a CMS. Its just a
spreadsheet and if a better solution comes along next week - we can
implement that and copy the information. Maybe we could set up a forwarding
URL give people so can switch seamlessly
in the future.

Am fully aware of the hesitations about google, but I figured that we are
using a google groups for now also, they can be our jumping off point.

- M

Mark Pruce
Freelance Designer

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:16 AM, Chris Hoffman

Yeah, this is the idea.  Let us know if this is becomes an approved method,
and I'll plug in my info.
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM, Todd Grayson<>wrote:
  Wow... this is very handy. Very good idea as a tool IMHO this is very
useful. There is concern about aggregating things on google from various
members as well, however.
We should review with FLO if an open based solution for this was already
in progress or can be provided (php form to mysql back end with report
tool), and where it can be hosted is identified.  But the idea is 1) rock
solid 2) extremely helpful.
Thanks for the working prototype/idea. As FLO is able to respond and IWG
is able to evaluate we should be able to decide quickly (start here move to
open solution, etc).
IMHO the goal will be to leverage technology as available until more open
solutions can be put in place by the flo team as they are able to address
them.  So it might be where we "start out here" and "end up in a FLO based
Again, thank you very much for this.  IMHO this is something that
can/should be implemented quickly to help marshal what and who we have
On 10/11/2011 7:59 AM, Mark Pruce wrote:
I created this simple Google Doc Form to gather all volunteers'
information in one place. Please excuse the lame template - it was done in
10 minutes because I think we need something like this.
  Unless anyone has any strong objections - I say anyone with an interest
in volunteering should be sent to fill out this form and the next time
anyone from the working group has a need for a specific skill, they can go
reference the spreadsheet.
  As noted in the form's instructions: all information is open to the
public (and saved in a google doc), so people are urged to keep that in mind
if listing a phone number, for example. Anyone can see it but no one except
me can edit it because I don't think there will be a need for that.
  Speak up if you think this is a terrible idea, otherwise - fill it out
if you have skills to volunteer.
  The results spreadsheet is set to be available to anyone with a link -
which means it should not show up in search results or anything, but all you
need to do it click on the link below or fill out the form itself to see the
  Feedback is welcome, I hope this is helpful.
  - Mark
Mark Pruce
Freelance Designer
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