[Committees-chairs] Top 10 Book Covers
kate.hartmann at owasp.org
Wed Aug 17 10:35:25 EDT 2011
I agree to some extent that the inside cover should be generic, but our
current "about OWASP"
ect seems to focus more on how we are than what we are. (governance, tax
status, etc). The inside cover of the Top 10 is an opportunity to promote
more of what we do. Maybe something like "if you find this book
interesting, be sure to visit
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Project and look at [insert
projects and focus points]
Or, maybe something like . come to our Global App Sec Conferences [insert
list of known events for the next 12 months]
Or even . "as not what OWASP can do for you, but what you can do for OWASP"
[insert link for current volunteer openings, ways to get involved, things we
are working on]
From: Jason Li [mailto:jason.li at owasp.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:24 AM
To: Kate Hartmann
Cc: committees-chairs at lists.owasp.org
Subject: Re: [Committees-chairs] Top 10 Book Covers
That's an interesting idea - but I'm not sure how I personally feel about
putting such OWASP promotion inside the book.
On the one hand, it's great to promote OWASP. On the other hand, a book is a
rather persistent/permanent publication... hopefully the book will see a
long life of usage and as a result, any such promotion will become dated
(conferences pass, projects grow stale, etc). Moreover, when I think about
what a normal book does on the inside cover, it's usually either blank - or
it occasionally has a brief bio on the author. If we want to put something
on the inside cover, I would suggest a generic "About OWASP" blurb. Just my
With regards to professional services, I'm assuming that the urgency of
Kate's request is because we want to get these books printed for an upcoming
event (i.e. AppSecUSA?). If that's the case and we're under a time
constraint, then I would suggest we try to find someone willing to design
the inside cover for free or simply leave it as is.
As you guys know, I'm all for scalable, repeatable processes. If we have to
fund professional services for this design, I think we will get better value
by commissioning a generic template for the comprehensive layout of an OWASP
book (typography, page layout, etc). Such a template could be re-used by any
OWASP docmentation project, rather than piecemeal design for an individual
project. Commissioning such a comp is on the GPC todo list and was part of
our budget request for 2011 - but it is a task that we are not projecting to
tackle until October or November at the earliest.
On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>
One item that was on the agenda for yesterday's postponed call was a
discussion on what we should put on the inside cover of the "stock" copies
of the OWASP Top 10. My suggestion would be one of two "flyers" created to
advertise projects and/or conferences. We could do one page with both
topics or one page specifically for projects and one just for conferences.
Please reply to this email indicating your preference:
Combined projects and conferences page
Secondly, should we enlist professional services for design of this page?
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