[Conference-europe] when and where

Karel Charvat charvat at ccss.cz
Fri Aug 22 07:01:23 PDT 2014

OK, I will try to thinking how o organise Commercial track, I need some days to thinking about this. We also need to speak about some good way of promotion. Now many big players, is working with Open Source, for example Atos, Intrasoft and others. They are usually only passive consumers of OS, but on other side, they are important towards, business, INSPIRE, OGC. And of cause main users are SMEs and MicroSMEs. So we can try to organise some section like FOSS for business, business for Open Source.

Other aspects, which probably has to be addressed and is specific European and could attract some community and could be good to discuss is OS in European Projects. There is many EC funded project working with GI and almost all are using FOSS. On other side only limited number of core FOSS developers is participating on such projects. SO probably organise such track and also try to invite Commission could be useful. In any case will be good, if anybody from FOSS4GI will go to direct contact with Commission. I am sure, that I will be probably help and advice whom contact on Commission, or eventually made introduction

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Subject: Re: [Conference-europe] when and where

On 22 August 2014 02:24, Karel Charvat <charvat at ccss.cz> wrote:
> I think, that umber of attendants is something, what is difficult predictable. Not so easy to reach 200 attendants.
> I am all time thinking, how to do something, what could attract larger community. It seems to me, that till now we didn’t succeed to attract commercial sector to broader participation. Seems to me, that maximum 5 - 10 percent of companies, who are using Open Source GI technologies, are participating on such events.

Good points Karel.

> More and more of so called Apps developers including independent developers is out of communities very often utilising other products or starting from scratch.  Seems for me critical, how to attract people.

program + time + location
where the program is what we've got full control of, the two other are more objective decisions/limitations

> OGC and INPIRE are important for business, because their standards define rules, which I as private company has accept.


> I think, that academic track is good, but in some way, for me as representative of businesses seems for me FOOS4GI more academic oriented.
> I would like to vote and also discuss something like commercial section.

Could you give a summary of major goals of such commercial section?
What is the idea, roughly?
Are you thinking about companies presenting products, demos?

I always thought a conference is slightly different event than a trade fair (like Intergeo is), but I may be misunderstanding your idea, so please explain.

Best regards,
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