Offline community, PUGs updates

Just before heading off to PgCon, I wrote about offline community and how it has positively impacted the tech community in Portland, OR. Specifically, I talked about the factors I thought encouraged women to participate.

My own experience with Postgres has been incredibly positive and welcoming. I always wish that I had more time to contribute.

I did find a little time this weekend to upgrade the PostgreSQL User Group site to the latest supported version of Drupal. We’re still on version 5.x, and hopefully I’ll be able to upgrade that to version 6.x soon. We’ve had a few problems with spammers, but I added a CAPTCHA that I hope isn’t too annoying for everyone.

If you have ideas for how to display the information on the PUGs site in a better way, please get in touch. I have a couple things I’d like to add soon – like a map of locations, and a better preview of recently posted articles.

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  1. For mapping of users, I suggest geoserver or mapserver on top of PostGIS.

    PostGIS is an incredibly well built & supported OGC compliant spatially enabled database (once installed in Postgres) and highlighting this working with the FOSS web mapserver tools would make a nice example for the Postgres web site.

  2. Brent: great idea! I heard great things from Regina about what’s next with PostGIS. I’ll see about getting it installed on the server, and loading up the data I have. Maybe if I seed it, people will put more data in themselves 😀