Wiki page: New FSFE 2014
At the end of last year, I took it upon myself to bootstrap an effort for fsfe.org into 2014. My main objective was to revamp the website visually into something a little bit more modern and coherent to:
- make the website usable on every screens (tiny mobile, mobile, big mobile/tablet, laptops, desktops, whatevercomesnext)
- use a set of technologies to re-use for www.,wiki.,planet.,fellowship., search. and eventually, blogs.fsfe.org
… while using as much as possible what’s already in use on fsfe.org so that the change is minimal (graphically and technically).
I started this effort on test.fsfe.org (english version). I worked on the fsfe.xsl (which is the build template for most of the website), on the index.en page and on http://test.fsfe.org/activities/os/minimalisticstandards.html which should give an overview of what articles should look like on fsfe.org
Still a lot of work is needed:
- in the general template, need to fix the sidebar so that fetch-news work based on the fsfe.org tagging system
- give some love to important pages: donate, support, newsletter, press-releases, etc. (a lot!)
- work on the campaign boxes on the frontpage, work on the news/events fetching template
- agree on the menu (top) and the full menu (bottom)
- work on integrating the new design for other websites:
- wordpress blogs
- writing doc
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The web page has not been updated yet, but the Core Team of FSFE welcomed a new member this week, Maurice Verheesen, alias
I met Maurice for the first time in Berlin for the FSFE Coordinators Meeting, and I greatly enjoyed his company, and his input! Maurice cares about technology, and he cares about doing it right, and that implies Free Software ☺
On the way back home from Berlin, in the car, Maurice and I sat down with our laptops to work on a new version of the User Data Manifesto. We did some great work there, and had some great discussion on metadata, surveillance and software.
Maurice lives in the Netherlands, and has taken the lead to coordinate Dutch activities recently, hence joining the European Core Team. He already shared with us insights and reports on T-Dose, where the FSFE was present and where he gave a talk on PRISM.
It’s always good to see smart people joining one of the ultra-most important pieces of FSFE!
FSFE is a very distributed organisation: most of its active members and contributors live all across European cities. Even if you look at the staff, they’re not that concentrated geographically: while the headquarters are in Berlin, the president of the organisation lives on the other side of Germany (way closer to Brussels and the Dutch border and actually not so far from Paris; Come on Karsten, visit us more often! ☻), our legal coordinator lives in Slovenia, etc.
Back to the point, organisation-wide, FSFE relies on a networks of lots and lots of people, who sometimes group themselves and meet regularly in a European city (Düsseldorf, Ljubljana, Munich, Vienna, Berlin, sometimes Paris, soon Brussels, etc.)
Organising such local group meetings can be hard, especially when the group is not well established yet. (Just to compare, the Berlin fellowship group has been active since 2005 and I suspect the Vienna group shortly after).
Fortunately, there are many ways in which others can help organise a local meeting to participate in FSFE’s campaigns, start new activities for Free Software, organise talks etc.
Lucile and Guido have started gathering some advice and pointers on a Wiki page: MeetingHowTo.
You will find there useful reminders, but also nice pointers:
- Did you know FSFE had a limesurvey instance at your disposal? vote.fsfe.org
- If you need to introduce some basic tools we use within FSFE, Erik made some slides about that (ODP format).
- You can add your events to the FellowshipEvents calendar.
- In case you have doubts, never hesitate to ask somebody!
- email: fellowship at fsfeurope.org
- irc: #fsfe on irc.freenode.net
- jabber: email@example.com
Yesterday was Day #2 of the FSFE GA in Vienna. After a short night of sleep, we again began the day around 10.00am. The German chapter of FSFE had their own official General Assembly earlier.
This second part of the GA was more focused on the usual, formal stuff. Review of annual reports (executive report, legal activities report, fellowship report… and soon a campaigning report) and Q&A about the reports.
We also planned out the focus for the next 6-8 months. One important detail for FSFE is that not much is going to be achieved on the side of public policy. With ongoing preparations and campaigning at the European Commission and at the European Parliament, everyone has the coming 2014 elections in mind. There isn’t much to do then for our public policy team. (Although that means it’s time for everybody else to get active on the Ask Your Candidates Campaigns.)
One important focus for 2014 is what we talked about on day #1, our strategy as a whole. Where is FSFE going, and more importantly, where should we go. Major organisational work within the organisation is expected. We’ll see more about that in the future.
We’ll have some minor constitutional changes, including typos (look for “enagagements” instead of engagements in the current copy!)
And last but not least, Karsten has been reconducted in another term as President (his 3rd mandate). Matthias Kirschner is now the Vice-President, as Henrik stepped down to pursue other challenges. Reinhard has been unanimously elected Financial Officer, for another mandate (how many does it make? 5?), because he’s excellent at doing it ☺