[Board] International Participation in OSGeo
jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Mon Aug 9 15:13:08 EDT 2010
Thanks for this insight into the current status of activity of OSGeo
across the globe. In fact right after the last FOSS4G, Arnulf and I had
a similar discussion on doing some outreach to India (we both feel that
meeting face to face with local chapters is a critical part of OSGeo's
growth). Ravi Kumar, another board member, has also been actively
looking at events in India where OSGeo-India can participate in. So, it
seems we are building some momentum there.
Regarding China, I am in contact with several OSGeo-China members and
they are very active - unfortunately not as visible as other chapters.
(for example, they very quickly translated the Sol Katz Award wiki
recently http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Sol_Katz_Award_cn) Sometimes the
quietness is a cultural issue, due to language or respecting the
existing developer's code - but I find once you invite these other
cultures to contribute they are more than willing to participate. I do
agree with you though that we need to make sure our outreach includes China.
I will be sure to mention these points during the upcoming face-to-face
OSGeo Board meeting in Barcelona. Thanks for the perspective.
Brian Hamlin wrote:
> Board Members and List Subscribers..
> Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Silicon Valley, the
> international confluence is unmistakable..
> I am struck by the broad international demographic of OSGeo
> participation as well.. For historical / political reasons, the
> membership among Commonwealth countries is strong I think. Adding to
> that the very strong contribution of the DACH countries, and France, the
> Netherlands, and Italy (!), a good cross section of active OSGeo
> participants can be seen...
> OSGeo is on the brink of perhaps the biggest FOSS4G to date, in Spain.
> The spanish speaking world is vast, and increasingly active in FOSS. Of
> course, the Spanish Government's investment in Geo OSS is well known,
> and bearing great fruit. However, it is not the excellent opportunities
> in the Spanish language world that I write about today.
> The largest population centers in the world are by far, India and
> China. Before I cast stones regarding the Communist government in China,
> I will confess that my own government, the United States of America, has
> at times been a powerfully bad actor internationally, using the largest
> military in the world, and a lot of cash, to shape the world
> politically.. I understand there is a lot of legitimate criticism there..
> However, with that said, I say emphatically, that the Red Chinese
> Government is repeatedly and obviously mining FOSS for its own ends,
> while denying the right to use and benefit from Geospatial tech to its
> own people.. I am sure there are different opinions about how to
> respond, but I doubt there is much disagreement that this is the case...
> In particular, I must speak out for the case of the Tibetan people, and
> the legitimate government of Taiwan. At any rate, enough about the
> Chinese Government.
> Which brings us to India..
> India is the home to a very substantial portion of the world's
> population, and, is regarded across the world for its scholarship, piety
> and intellectual achievements. Yet there seem to me to be precious few
> developers there active in OSGeo projects ! I do not understand this.
> If there is opportunity in India, some kind of fundamentals have to be
> addressed. I dont know that they are, or how to do it. But I suggest to
> you, the Board of OSGeo, that aside from the growth potential in the
> Spanish language world, India in particular is a sleeping giant.
> Although I will not be attending FOSS4G 2010 in Barcelona, I wish all
> attendees a splendid conference, great networking, and the best possible
> foundation for the crucial developments to come. In particular, I point
> out the opportunity to take meaningful action regarding Climate Change.
> very best regards from California
> Brian Hamlin
> OSGeo California Chapter
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