[Foss4g2009] Sponsorship Meeting [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Shoaib.Burq at ga.gov.au
Shoaib.Burq at ga.gov.au
Tue Jul 1 22:56:56 EDT 2008
Some excellent points there, I've started adding them to the wiki as I get
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[mailto:foss4g2009-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Bruce Bannerman
Sent: Tuesday, 1 July 2008 8:24
Subject: Re: [Foss4g2009] Sponsorship Meeting
Sorry I don't have time to edit the wiki, so a quick note will have to
People from all walks, not just ***developers*** (and I DO NOT intend
this to be derogative). OS Spatial is starting to open up its appeal and
generate interest in business and the professions.
I think that if we just target developers, we will be missing a
In Australia we have a centralised spatial professional organisation,
the Spatial Sciences Institute (http://www.spatialsciences.org.au/).
This is an organisation formed from the professional bodies that used to
serve Surveyors, Cartographers, Remote Sensing People etc.
However, people interested in **the use** of spatial information and by
extension FOSS4G are increasingly coming from a wide range
of professions and disciplines. The field is almost limitless and
includes: environmental, horticulture, zoology, anthropology,
archaelogy, geology, geophysics, engineering, demographics, land
management, forestry, aquaculture, meteorology etc.
If you think of the big picture issues like Climate Change and Water
Shortage, there is a large component of these issues that relates to the
effective use and analysis of spatial information.
Internationally there are a number of professional bodies and
associations. Perhaps other list members can fill these in. e.g.:
_Spatial Sections of the Australian Government_
Expect a lot of interest and a lot of tyre kickers.
There is perceived desire among a number of organisations to seize back
control of their IT directions and investments.
One way of doing this that is currently being looked at favourably is
via the use of Open Standards (OGC and ISO).
FOSS4G is particularly strong in this regard and should be able to
As a recent thread on the OSGeo-AustNZ list has shown, there is a lot of
activity happening around Australia in the FOSS4G space in government.
In Australia, in addition to the universities and traditional education
we have the Cooperative Research Centre - Spatial Information which is a
consortium of a number of universities, government departments and
_2009 Potential Sponsors_
We haven't even started scratching the surface yet. There is so much
Apart from the organisations already identified by Paul and MapButcher
(sorry, is that Simon?), I've already had preliminary discussions with
both NGIS and Spatial Vision who have indicated a desire to be involved.
In Australia, we have a lobby organisation that is trying to bring the
spatial businesses together. This may be a good starting point, ASIBA:
We also have a number of Government organisations who may be interested
in sponsoring FOSS4G-2009. Some examples are (who I add with little
thought and who have not been approached):
- Office of Spatial Data Management
- Geoscience Australia
Each of the State based spatial bodies e.g.:
- Spatial Information Infrastructure - Victoria
- Landgate - WA
- Queensland Spatial Information Infrastructure
_Media Partners - Magazines_
Position Magazine - Australia
When I was in Perth at the WALIS Forum, I discussed this briefly with
Jon Fairall, editor of Position Magazine. Jon was very interested in
OSGeo and FOSS4G-2009. The gist of our conversation was that he would be
willing to publish a set of articles for us. We would need to determine
what would be appropriate and also write the articles.
GeoConnexion - Europe
It is about time that I fulfilled a promise to Roger Longhorne and
provided some articles from the Australian region for GeoConnexion.
On Mon, 2008-06-30 at 22:49 +1000, mapbutcher wrote:
> Here are some brief thoughts ahead of the meeting;
> * Consider collecting a hit list of
> publications/sites/blogs/lists etc which we can target and the
> suitable media type for each forum
> * Directions is one of the main publications that springs to
> mind - http://www.directionsmag.com/, there are no doubt
> others both international and regional. I think having a
> variety of avenues will help reach a wider audience.
> What are the main competitive events?
> * From a Geo point of view there are a growing number, the big
> ones like Where2.0 GeoWeb and the international vendor
> conferences. Regionally i guess the vendor events i.e. OZRI
> then there's the organisation style events such as GITA,
> GeoCart (NZ), SIRC (NZ).
> Communication with members
> * Again i favour multi channel (lists/emails/publications etc)
> with the prime focus on the web site - i find blogs attached
> to events can be a little thin on interesting content, perhaps
> an RSS feed for people to sign up to to? A mailing list is
> Sponsorship companies
> * Paul's details from 07 are spot on and I think cover off the
> larger players - what approach do we take i.e. approach
> Autodesk etc through their local presense here in Oz? I think
> there's got to be quite a few local organisations and
> companies that would be interested in either sponsorship or
> exhibiting - here is small NZ selection who are taking an
> active interest in this area, I'm not long into Australia so
> perhaps someone else can provide a heads up on the targets
> * Geographic Business Solutions NZ
> * National GeoSpatial Office
> * State Services Commission
> * ProjectX
> * SSI
> * NZ Defence Force
> * Landcare Research New Zealand
> Thats all for now
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