In my on going efforts to secure a location for the upcoming East (MIT, Penn State, Drexel and even the Marriot are on the list), I am bound and determined to revamp the entire Pgcon.US website. I have several problems/goals I wish to solve.
A more community orientated site. Currently the site is 100% manage by me. Although it does use PHP it is essentially flat files.
A social site. I want people to use the site. We have a lot of excellent educational content and I want to make sure and utilize that.
Promotion. I want to promote our speakers. Most use their own money to help our community. They should be acknowledged. First step, blog aggregation. No I don't want to compete with Planet or Planet but the more linked a blog is the better.
A better sponsors interface. I want sponsors to feel as if they are partners. Possibly even allowing them to create custom content.
The PostgreSQL Certification project has released the results of the Job Task Analysis. Thanks to everyone who participated in this important step toward delivering a quality certification. 223 members took the time and effort to fill out the survey.
A couple of interesting results. There were 213 members felt we needed a certification. That is a sharp contrast to exposed opinions of some in the community. Of all the results Linux topped the requested operating systems (no surprise) but Windows was number two (I was surprised). Other operating systems that made a decent showing were the various BSDs. If you haven't done so yet I invite you to join the community. The results can be found here..
Thanks to everyone that took the time to participate in the PostgreSQL Certification JTA. We received over 223 respondents which is great. We will be posting the results of the JTA shortly and if you would like to participate in the resulting project discussion please join us.
The PostgreSQL certification project is in the closing days of the JTA (Job Task Analysis). In short, what should the PostgreSQL certification project, certify? In hacker terms, "What is the problem we are trying to solve?". It is relatively long but the information is of extreme value to ensure that the project develops a relevant certification to the professional PostgreSQL community. If you haven't done so already please create an account and the proceed to the JTA.