[Live-demo] Fwd: Upcoming activities and OSGeo live disk
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 21:21:11 EDT 2012
It is always nice to hear positive stories about OSGeo-Live and how
people wish to make use of it.
I'm forwarding on this email from Mark Lucus, with his permission.
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Subject: Upcoming activities and OSGeo live disk
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:07:23 -0400
From: Mark Lucas
To: Cameron Shorter
CC: Phil Bogden, John Scott
I've been admiring your work from afar for some time. At the recent f2f
board meeting we all agreed that the OSGeo Live disk was probably the
most critical project out there. It takes us beyond the experienced
developers and connects us with new users. Everyone was excited about
OSGeo4W as many large corporations and government agencies are heavily
invested in that OS.
I wanted to make you aware that Phil, John and I have been actively
involved in some fairly high profile US government projects where we
plan to expose your excellent work:
NGA IOST - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Innovision Open
Source Technology - Goal is to introduce open source software
technology into the agency. Phil is leading this, we have already
exposed several server side technologies, we hope to introduce desktop
clients shortly (Windows is their installed platform)
DSI - One of the several related projects for NGA is the Disaster
Support Initiative. The plan is to make data and software available on
Amazon Web Services to prepare for and support international disasters
USDI - (Department of Defense) - We will probably start this effort in
April. The goal is to show what we can provide in an open source suite
that would overlay the current and future plans for the
military/intelligence community. They are currently investing in very
large programs in each branch of the military and intelligence community
with proprietary solutions (esri, oracle, socket set, web logic, etc).
Our focus is to develop related technology that is open and shareable
with international forces and agencies. John Scott will be leading this
As we evolve this over the next year we want to demonstrate
international collaboration beginning with the coalition forces (US,
Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand) as a start.
As an OSGeo board member, I want to focus as much attention and
resources as possible on the OSGeo. It is a logical place to go as
these agencies learn and begin to use OSS.
Wanted to make you aware and thank you for all of the hard work that you
have put into the organization and the OSGeo Live Disk effort. We'll
keep you in the loop as we move forward.
We are busy organizing foss4g-na (April 10,12 - Washington). It appears
we will max out the venue at 400 people. I'll check with the OpenGeo
guys, but was thinking about running off about 500 of the OSGeo Live 5.5
disks. Other than live.osgeo.org <http://live.osgeo.org>, any pointers
to labels, duplication providers, etc that you might be able to point me at?
Hope to connect with you in the near future.
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