[Board] [OSGeo-Conf] Fwd: Re: 2015 North American conference

Eli Adam eadam at co.lincoln.or.us
Tue Apr 22 20:30:35 PDT 2014


Hi Andrew,

Thanks for interest in co-hosting FOSS4G-NA with other conferences and
planning ahead.

I think that there could be benefits to joint organizing.

FOSS4G-NA takes every third year off to leave plenty of space for the
international FOSS4G when in North America. What would be the plan for
those years in a merged scenario?  Merge with the international
conference?  In fall or spring?  Continue on with a spring date to be a
different time of year and have two that year?  Other?

There are benefits worth pursuing.

Best Regards and see you in PDX, Eli



On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM, Seven (aka Arnulf) <seven at arnulf.us> wrote:

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> ...forwarding to Local Chapters.
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> What Daniel proposes here is a kind of meta Local Chapters community,
> not quite regional but also not global. My hopes are that it will
> manifest as we go simply because we need it and people attach to the
> idea. For a start I believe it would be helpful to continue the dialog
> on this list because it is (supposed to be) the meta level meeting
> place for local chaps.
>
> There is no imminent problem and there is certainly no strategy but in
> the long run we will want to have some communication *before* things
> happen, especially if they affect a broader slate of the community.
>
> If you are interested in global FOSS4G topics I suggest you
> additionally subscribe to this list:
> conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org
>
>
> Have fun,
> Arnulf
>
> - -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Conf] [Board]  2015 North American conference
> Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:33:11 -0400
> From: Daniel Morissette <dmorissette at mapgears.com>
> To: board at lists.osgeo.org
> CC: OSGEO discuss <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>, conference
> <conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org>, location-iwg at locationtech.org
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> FYI, at the Vienna Sprint two weeks ago, we had a similar discussion
> about the (lack of) decision process for the location of FOSS4G-Europe.
> The people involved in the discussion included past FOSS4G and
> FOSS4G-CEE organizers, some key members of the EU community and a few
> board members, and the conclusion on the question of the decision
> process was that OSGeo (the international body) and its conference
> committee were not the right people to make the decision on the
> FOSS4G-Europe location, and it was proposed to invite all local chapters
> in Europe to appoint one rep to a FOSS4G-EU conference committee that
> would make the decision on the location of the event. The creation of
> this FOSS4G-EU committee should be discussed on the local-chapters list
> at some point.
>
> I am reporting this here because the same could possibly apply to
> FOSS4G-NA: the global OSGeo may not be the best entity to decide on the
> location of FOSS4G-NA and maybe we should defer to reps of the local
> chapters in the region?
>
> Let's keep this in mind when we discuss this in the board meeting.
>
> BTW, if there is only one candidate for FOSS4G-NA 2015 then there is no
> need for a formal decision process and we should keep things simple, but
> sooner or later the need will arise.
>
> Daniel
>
>
> On 14-04-07 1:59 PM, Andrew Ross wrote:
> > Bart,
> >
> > Sure, I can make that time and I'm glad to have a dialogue about
> > it. Thanks for suggesting.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Andrew
> >
> > On 07/04/14 13:31, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
> >> Hey Andrew,
> >>
> >> we have a board meeting this Thursday so maybe we can discuss it
> >> there as well given this is urgent?
> >>
> >> I'll add it to the agenda, would you be available on IRC for any
> >> questions?
> >>
> >> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2014-04-10
> >>
> >> Best regards, Bart
> >>
> >> On 07 Apr 2014, at 19:04, Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org
> >> <mailto:andrew.ross at eclipse.org>> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Hi Everyone,
> >>>
> >>> For those that might be interested in participating in this &
> >>> especially up front in terms of outreach & helping sort out
> >>> details to tune the idea so it works well, please contact me.
> >>> Thank you very much to those that have already.
> >>>
> >>> Some important decisions require immediate attention such as
> >>> which city, what dates, and so forth.
> >>>
> >>> Some possible cities suggested by people, for 2015, include:
> >>> D.C., San Francisco, Boston, San Diego
> >>>
> >>> In terms of dates, late March or early April would be offset
> >>> from the global FOSS4G & also from other very busy periods in
> >>> the calendar. It lines up with EclipseCon, which co-hosting
> >>> helps reduce organizing burden. For what it's worth, the
> >>> overall conference would not be called EclipseCon to appeal to
> >>> all constituents.
> >>>
> >>> Thoughts?
> >>>
> >>> Thanks again,
> >>>
> >>> Andrew
> >>>
> >>> On 04/04/14 17:02, Andrew Ross wrote:
> >>>> Hello Everyone,
> >>>>
> >>>> Please excuse the cross post between OSGeo's discuss &
> >>>> conference_dev lists as well as LocationTech's discussion
> >>>> list. I'm hoping to enable inclusive discussion about an
> >>>> idea.
> >>>>
> >>>> Bit of background, this coming May (19-21), LocationTech
> >>>> Summit is co-hosted with Location Intelligence in Washington
> >>>> D.C. <http://www.locationintelligence.net/>. Travel
> >>>> restrictions for Federal Government employees for instance
> >>>> meant holding this in D.C. was important in 2014.
> >>>>
> >>>> We have started planning for 2015, and I wanted to reach out
> >>>> and see if an idea might be of interest to the greater
> >>>> community.
> >>>>
> >>>> The idea is to co-host LocationTech Summit, FOSS4G North
> >>>> America, and EclipseCon next year in the spring.
> >>>>
> >>>> For those that haven't been:
> >>>>
> >>>> * EclipseCon is a great  developer conference & covers topics
> >>>> that I feel may be a really nice complement such as Science,
> >>>> Internet of Things, Automotive, Software development best
> >>>> practice, and more. While there are some awesome talks in the
> >>>> area, it's not just about the IDE. :-) * FOSS4G NA is the
> >>>> regional sibling of FOSS4G Global, also a great developer
> >>>> conference, and focused on geospatial technologies. It is a
> >>>> must attend event if you're into web mapping or looking for
> >>>> open source GIS solutions. * LocationTech Summit is new
> >>>> (first one this May), similar to FOSS4G however perhaps has a
> >>>> stronger focus on high performance geoprocessing technologies
> >>>> and new technologies like GeoGit for instance. * My feeble
> >>>> attempt at contrast aside, I think these last two will see a
> >>>> lot of the same speakers & audience.
> >>>>
> >>>> A few thoughts:
> >>>>
> >>>> * We believe a combined event could likely be done to
> >>>> prioritize camaraderie which is so important for open source
> >>>> projects & community. i.e. avoid anyone feeling lost in a
> >>>> huge event. * We feel the mutual outreach to people across
> >>>> communities would be really useful, interesting, and spark
> >>>> wonderful ideas we can't predict. * The logistical work can
> >>>> be done by full time conference organizers who organize
> >>>> EclipseCon each year. The program is up to the communities to
> >>>> set. * For those seeking suppliers, partners, & customers,
> >>>> this should make for more opportunities. * Profit sharing
> >>>> with significant participating groups is doable. We're glad
> >>>> to help figure out a fair and amicable solution. * Ensuring
> >>>> each group are well served is a priority of course. We think
> >>>> this combined event might attract people who might not
> >>>> otherwise come to any of them. But we'll have to try and
> >>>> see.
> >>>>
> >>>> Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Is this a good idea?
> >>>> Interested?
> >>>>
> >>>> Kind regards,
> >>>>
> >>>> Andrew
> >>>>
> >>>
> >
> >
> >
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