GB/UK group naming question
Formation of a UK Group is now in progress. While the following naming question isn't entirely settled, people seem to be happy to go with "UK" project code name, while other organisation-forming activities take place (see UK Group) for details of meetings etc.
The naming of a Great Britain / UK group ("Group" perhaps local "Chapter" organisation), and its geographic coverage, has presented a tricky quandary for some time. Arguably it's rather distracting, hence the decision to proceed with UK Group, but these questions will need resolving.
GB? England? UK?
We see some level of organisation (wiki pages and twitter accounts) springing up around London and Mappa Mercia. There was talk of a "north england" area, and "Bristol". City sized organisation is good, but for a Chapter organisation we probably want a larger "country level" area drawing on a larger volunteer pool., and (ireland), these could form into chapters of their own, if that was best way to organise things. We also have OSM
Harry Wood has the twitter account. Not very active currently, but he's quite willing to try do something more interesting with this should we decide to name an organisation OSMUK.
OSMGB name clash
Another organisation bagged the name OSMGB related to OpenStreetMap in britain, but not attempting to be a community chapter. OSMGB as a project has wound down completely now. The domain name osmgb.org.uk was originally owned by them, but is now lost (owned by domain squatters). The twitter account is held by OSMGB.
GB vs UK summary
|domain||osmgb.org.uk domain was owned by OSMGB and they were willing to transfer ownership, but have since let it lapse (gone)|
|would need to be transferred from OSMGB folk (They are willing)||- Already owned by Harry (and already set-up with grouptweet)|
|mailing list||Called 'talk-gb' ...and presumably can't easily be renamed|
|forum||called united kingdom|
|wiki||UK wiki page could be renamed||WikiProject United Kingdom is the current page name|
|G+||GB G+ community|
|The Irish||Doesn't include Ireland||Technically "UK" includes Northern Ireland. Could be stated to be not included|
|The Scottish||Includes Scotland (which already has an organisation)||Includes Scotland (which already has an organisation)|
|ISO correctness||GB is the UK's ISO 3166 country code||.UK is the top level domain name (despite the iso standard. Because we're awkward like that)|
|Wikimedia chapter||They called it wikimedia UK. And since they tend to debate things pretty thoroughly, this is saying something|