[Board] Micro payments

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Wed May 8 14:13:37 PDT 2013

On 13-05-08 5:03 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Regarding whether we limit OSGeo support to big FOSS4G events only, or
> we also support emerging 1 day local events and FOSS4g steams within
> bigger conferences, I'd argue that the smaller events find it harder to
> get their hands on money, would benefit more from a little injection of
> financial support, and are often reaching out and breaking into new
> communities.
> For reference, you might want to assess which of the 45 OSGeo related
> events from 2012 would be deserving of sponsorship, and which you'd say
> no to.
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_History

Hi Cameron,

I have to admit that you caught me off-guard, the list is more 
impressive than I thought before reviewing it.  :-)

I still find that having to deal with funding DVDs for so many events 
can be an issue. It is not just about processing micro-payments, you 
also need to collect and archive proofs that the expense you are 
reimbursing is legitimate (i.e. receipts) for OSGeo's accounting. I have 
seen how complicated this can be with just the Local chapter starter 
kits, imagine doing this for ~100 DVD print runs all around the world.

Daniel Morissette
Provider of Professional MapServer Support since 2000

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