[Board] Commercialize OSGeo?
arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Mon Jun 2 09:12:22 EDT 2008
On Sun, June 1, 2008 16:29, Dave McIlhagga wrote:
> The way I look at it - OSGeo is about technology & Business is about
> commercializing technology. At the interesection of the two is where we can
> have interesting collaborations and mutually beneficial activities.
> If OSGeo were to commercialize as opposed to supporting commercial
> activities -- this spirit of partnership would be jeopardized.
Yes, that is a good way of putting it.
In a nutshell I think we have two options:
1. Set up a community lead process like the one we need for FOSS4G with a
committee and public review period and whatnot. Then the "OSGeo Teach-in"
will be an awareness raising event with deductions for students, adjusted
official local rates (depending where it takes place) and can take place
everywhere and needs to have a transparent funding structure etc.
2. Make the brand "OSGeo Teach-in" available to sponsors and let them run
loose with it. I suggest to request for official feedback from
participants, maybe through some web interface and an option to exclude
sponsors that mess up the "OSGeo Teach-in"
I prefer the second option.
2.a. Potential sponsors might want to try out the event type "OSGeo
Teach-in" *before* becoming sponsors to check whether it is commercially
viable. I would support this as long as we are still building the brand.
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