[SDI-Africa] Fw: [OSGeo Africa] African FOSSGIS meeting 2010

Byron A.O. Anangwe banangwe at rcmrd.org
Tue Jan 26 04:22:54 EST 2010

Hello Tim,


Please let me know where discussions reached on your email of earlier this
month. We are keen to participate in this initiative.


Kindest regards


Byron A. Okubasu Anangwe 
Product Development Officer - RCMRD


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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Tim Sutton <tim at linfiniti.com>
To: Africa local chapter discussions <africa at lists.osgeo.org>
Sent: Sun, January 3, 2010 9:28:05 AM
Subject: [OSGeo Africa] African FOSSGIS meeting 2010

Hi all

Happy New Year all!

I would like to organise (with help from others I hope!) an African
Free and Open Sources GIS (FOSSGIS) meeting for the third 

quarter of 2010. I know there is FOSS4G held yearly but the travel 

distances are usually far and the topic matter not necessarily germane 

to an African audience. Having attended the german FOSSGIS 

conference last year I can see the benifits of localised get together 

where the attendees share a common geography and operational 

environment. This email is just an initial 'toe in the water' to see how 

much interest there is. My thought was to hold it over 3 days with tracks 


- general presentations (case studies, thought provoking ideas etc.)
- academic papers (FOSS GIS applied in an African context)
- panel discussions (how can we develop African FOSSGIS skills)
- a B2B (business to business) help wanted / help offered pin board
(each can advertise their wares or requirements on a 10x5 card that
gets placed on a pin board) to help clients and solution providers
find each other
- workshops (practical hands on FOSSGIS training)

Of course to make this happen we need:

- a venue (somewhere in Africa that is easy to get to)
- volunteers
- a funding model that doesn't result in exorbitant entrance fees
- promotion and advertising

There is also the possibility of dovetailing with the annual afrigis
conference though I do wonder if we would have better success as a
dedicated FOSSGIS conference.

Perhaps we could start off more simply and hold an 'unconference' (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference) and grow from that in
future years.

If you are interested, think the idea sucks, or have any other ideas
on the matter please lets discuss further here on this list....

Best regards

Tim Sutton - QGIS Project Steering Committee Member (Release  Manager)
Visit http://linfiniti.com to find out about:
* QGIS programming services
* Mapserver and PostGIS based hosting plans
* FOSS Consulting Services
Skype: timlinux Irc: timlinux on #qgis at freenode.net

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