[OSGeo Africa] [GeoForAll-Africa] FOSS4G Africa

Gavin Fleming gavin at kartoza.com
Wed Aug 3 08:15:32 PDT 2016

Hi all

Pencil in 29 June - 2 July 2017 in Johannesburg for a FOSS4G SA / 
Geo4All / QGIS User Group conference.

Yes I started this list in 2005 with members from all over Africa. It 
currently has ~800 members, predominantly South African I guess, but 
certainly many from all over Africa. FOSS4G2008 attracted many people 
from all over Africa.

In the absence of any country-level OSGeo activity in Africa at the time 
(well, OSGeo was only just starting up) the aim was to be an inclusive, 
umbrella list. It is still the only OSGeo list for Africa, except for a 
Senegal one that had a couple of posts in 2010. There's nothing stopping 
anyone else in Africa from setting up another list or Chapter with a 
geographic or linguistic emphasis [1]

We never formally registered an OSGeo chapter because of the Africa vs 
South Africa debate. So to move forward, this Africa list remains as an 
all-inclusive eponymous list but we'll probably proceed with formalising 
a South African Chapter in the run-up to the conference next year, 
unless I hear from you that we should stick with the inclusive 'Africa'...

warm regards and hope to see you at the conference next year!


[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Local_Chapters/Starting

On 28/07/2016 19:52, Serena Coetzee wrote:
> Dear Gildas,
> there was a FOSS4G conference in Africa in 2008 
> http://foss4g2008.org/. It’s quite a while back and it would be great 
> to have another one. I have CC’d the OSGeo-Africa list from where you 
> may get more comments and suggestions on a conference.
> After FOSS4G2008, there was talk about starting a FOSS4G Africa 
> chapter, but there were some complications regarding different regions 
> and languages and we ended up with the africa at lists.osgeo.org 
> <mailto:africa at lists.osgeo.org> list instead. Gavin Fleming was 
> involved and may remember the details...
> Regards,
> --
> Serena Coetzee
> Geography Building 3-5
> Centre for Geoinformation Science, Department 
> Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria, 
> Private Bag X20, Hatfield, 0028, South Africa
> email: serena.coetzee at up.ac.za <mailto:serena.coetzee at up.ac.za> · Web: 
> www.up.ac.za/cgis <http://www.up.ac.za/cgis> · Mobile: +27 82 464 4294 
> · Tel: +27 12 420 3823
> On 27 Jul 2016, at 21:07, Gildas Jr. Boko <eddygordo at gmail.com 
> <mailto:eddygordo at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Dear  all,
> I've a user or OSGEO products for almost ten years now. And while i 
> notice a growing interest all over the world for these products and 
> the creation of FOSS4G chapters in different countries, in Africa 
> there nothing like that.
> My idea is to organise a FOSS4G conference for OSGEO products users in 
> order to create a network of capacity-building and knowledge and 
> experience-sharing in all the possible fields.
> I've been thinking about this for a while now and i think a centre 
> like RECTAS (www.rectas.org <http://www.rectas.org/>), where i've 
> worked for the past two years can host such event thanks to their 
> experience in the GIS field and also their hosting capacity.
> Well that is an aspect on which everybody can discuss.
> But i believe it is high time for a FOSS4G chapter in Africa.
> Thanks in advance for your opinion on this idea
> -- 
> Gildas Jr BOKO (PhD)
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