[intl-discus] International user groups
warmerdam at pobox.com
Wed Feb 15 11:12:43 EST 2006
Tyler Mitchell wrote:
> One thing I would really like to see in the mid/long-term is the
> foundation supporting the development of regional, national and
> international user groups.
I certainly can agree with the above. The caveat I would offer is
that there are often already such groups and in those cases I think
we need to work with them, rather than try to duplicate them. This
was part of the rationale for the list at:
> Some countries and cities already have successful ones. We have a
> successful international conference. Other groups just need some more
> moral support, guidance/encouragement or maybe some infrastructure to
> help get things going. My dream is to have at least one OSGeo user
> group representative from every country
Every country! That seems extreme.
> and then provide casual venues
> for them to meet together in a regional context. I'm thinking about
> this at the moment because of the international
> membership/representation issues being brought up. Having a relatively
> small number of members in the foundation means we can't expect to have
> extremely broad international representation among the membership. Even
> if we strive to, it will be hard for members to vote for new
> international members who they've never met or dealt with before.
Right. While I hope for a fairly dispersed set of voting members, it is
important to remember that participation in committees, projects and so
forth is in no way limited to voting members.
> While I think it is a good idea to have broad international
> representation, it is going to be hard to get so early in the game. We
> had representatives from at least 5 countries in Chicago - I believe
> that's a very good start. Two board members are from Europe, that is
> very good as well.
Well, at least it makes it not a US-only effort, but still very
western, and all in English.
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