[OSGeo-Conf] 2012 Final Step: Voting

Seven (aka Arnulf) seven at arnulf.us
Tue Aug 30 18:51:40 EDT 2011

this is probably not a good idea because the vote which was supposed to
be private and is now semi public.

To me the marketing aspect is not the primary motivation. A great
conference is what we want. Additionally I would like to get rid of the
"One and Only Annual FOSS4G" aspect anyway. We are way beyond this.
There are already half a dozen semi local FOSS4G events every year and
hopefully there will be more each year.

So please simply choose for the better event.


On 08/30/2011 10:30 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Jeff, I realise my vote is supposed to be private, but wanted to
> publicly explain my reasons for voting (and in particular, encourage
> Prague to resubmit next year).
> The foss4g conference committee had previously noted our preference for
> a 3 year cycle for venue selection:
> * Europe
> * America
> * Rest of world
> * Europe
> * ...
> The advantage of having such a cycle, and sticking to it, is that we
> will find it much easier in planning and marketing our conferences.
> As has been said in Denver, "This is an excellent conference, and it
> won't be in the US for another 3 years".
> It will also open an opportunity for off-year conferences, for areas
> that know that they will not get foss4g for another 2 years, they will
> be able to focus on creating off year conferences, or creating Open
> Source streams in other Geospatial conferences.
> I did find that Prague presented an excellent offering, and as such it
> will influence my vote for a European city next year. (My message to
> Prague is please submit again next year). Beijing has put in an
> excellent bid as well, but my primary motivation in voting is to stick
> to our 3 year cycle. So I'm +1 for Beijing.
> On 30/08/2011 6:02 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>> Thank you to both teams for answering the OSGeo Conference Committee's
>> questions regarding the proposals.
>> I would ask that all OSGeo Conference Committee members email me their
>> selection privately for 2012: "Beijing" or "Prague" - please email me
>> before the end of your Thursday (Sept 1st) day.  If there is a
>> majority in the voting results, we'll announce the winner on Friday. 
>> Hopefully this still gives the winner some time to prepare a short
>> 'invitation' presentation for the 10 minute slot in the closing
>> plenary in Denver on September 16th (see Day 5: 3:30pm-3:40pm
>> http://2011.foss4g.org/program/session-schedule).
>> Background info:
>> - proposals: http://www.osgeo.org/conference/rfp
>> - OSGeo Committee Members:
>>     Thierry Badard
>>     Arnulf Christl
>>     Gavin Fleming
>>     Steve Lime
>>     Dave McIlhagga
>>     Helena Mitasova
>>     Markus Neteler
>>     Claude Philipona
>>     Venkatesh Raghavan
>>     Paul Ramsey
>>     Cameron Shorter
>>     Frank Warmerdam
>>     Lorenzo Becchi
>>     Jeff McKenna
>>     (I've already discussed with Peter Batty about his involvement in
>> this committee after Denver)
>> Thanks everyone, this is exciting!
>> -jeff
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