[OSGeo-Board] More ED detail

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Fri Aug 18 12:55:52 PDT 2006

raghavan wrote:
> Dear Board,
> Some thoughts about application for
> 501(c)status and OSGeo budget projections.
> I think it would be better to project the
> budget on a higher side (500K/year maybe). I believe that there
> are possibilities of seeking funding in areas
> like urban poverty, town planning,
> waste management,rural development,
> school education etc.Such funding could
> greatly help some of the needy Local Chapters
> in less well-endowed regions and enhance OSGeo's reach.
> Big donors such as William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
>  are funding "Open Educational Resources"
> (See http://www.hewlett.org/Programs/Education/OER/openEdResources.htm)
> and also for social and environmental issues
> that OSGeo software projects could help
> tackle.


I'm inclined to agree that "foundation grants" are potentially going to be
a bigger chunk of income then I might have originally anticipated.

Also, there are some opportunities (such as some of the military work)
that will need to be cast as development contracts that may add quite a
bit to the overall budget throughput.

One thing I'd ideally like to see is for local chapters in developing
regions to try and organize some developers for doing work on a contract
basis.  So for instance, if we had able and organized developers in India,
Brazil, China or Vietnam who could take on development projects it could
be quite helpful.  This might include work on "binary distributions", adding
new features, etc.

Best regards,
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