[Conference-europe] when and where

Maria Antonia Brovelli maria.brovelli at polimi.it
Tue Aug 19 07:02:30 PDT 2014

I'm getting lost.

Just few comments:
- FOSS4G Eu is supposed to have at least 150  people attending but we have to be prepared in having also more
- FOSS4G Eu is for European people who don't have the possibility (time/money) of going to America and Asia but want to be updated about what is happening in the FOSS4G community. FOSS4G Eu will not be held the year in which FOSS4G is in Europe.
- One of the topic of FOSS4G Eu is INSPIRE, but it is NOT the INSPIRE Conference. There is more worth of discussing
- Unfortunately I don't have any experience with Code Sprint and therefore I don't know from the logistic point of view what is needed (but I suppose a computer room or at least a room with good wifi connection). How many people are expected to attend a Code Sprint? There are special reasons why a Code Sprint can't be in summer?
- Code Sprint and Challenge, like the NASA WW: if we want to have students involved the best period is at the end of the semesters (i.e. summer)

Anyway and concluding: it seems me that the first problem is about the period of the year. 
For University the possibility is during summer and therefore I vote for summer. Having the conference at the University means also involve students in the FOSS4G world and this, in my opinion, is an added value. For other people, if the main problem is about holiday, probably knowing the conference dates a year in advance, there are possibilities of organize ourselves.
And, at the end, we don't have to decide the period of the conference once forever. In my opinion we can start with next year.

Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli
Vice Rector for Como Campus - Politecnico di Milano

Public Participation GIS: a FOSS architecture enabling field-data collection

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Da: conference-europe-bounces at lists.osgeo.org <conference-europe-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Karel Charvat <charvat at ccss.cz>
Inviato: martedì 19 agosto 2014 04.15
A: 'Stephan Meißl'; conference-europe at lists.osgeo.org
Oggetto: Re: [Conference-europe] when and where

>From my side is question, if it is feasible to have during one year two such
events in Europe,

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> I understand the universities issue, but FOSS4G-Europe is not that big
> (and maybe it will remain rather small), that we can still fit into
> small venues. I liked the organization of Vienna Code Sprint - it was
> done in cooperation with city of Vienna and we fit in comfortably.

I think running a Code Sprint and running a FOSS4G-Europe are two completely
different things in terms of effort but also in requirements for the venue.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think that FOSS4G-Europe would fit into
the Vienna code sprint venue.

> I do not think Europe Code Sprint has to timely overlap with the (next
> year) U.S.-based C tribe, but March-April is IMHO better, then later.
> But it was nice, that we could join events like NASA World Wind
> Challenge  and possibly others as well, not sure, how possible this
> should be, if we move FOSS4G-Europe to march/april then.

Although there is a fairly small overlap I'd appreciate if the Code Sprint
and FOSS4G-Europe don't overlap ;) I don't like the idea of separate US and
European code sprints as I find it important to have one global OSGeo Code
Sprint per year. In my opinion this argument is even stronger for the Code
Sprint than for the global FOSS4G.

If the Code Sprint returns to Europe in 2016 I could image that it makes
sense to run both events back-to-back although this would result in a quite
long event as both are almost running for a week.


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