[OSGeo-Conf] Conference policy

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Wed Jul 2 16:48:39 EDT 2008

On Tue, July 1, 2008 22:58, Dave Patton wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 8:15 PM, Jeff McKenna
> <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> wrote:
>> I now call ALL conference committee members to vote FOR or AGAINST this
>> policy. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Official_OSGeo_Conference_Policy
> I don't have a vote, but here are my comments:

Thank you for the input. I have a vote and think these are good
suggestions that we should either discuss some more or work into the

I am currently pretty busy at the AGIT conference in Salzburg (Friday sees
a full OSGeo slot and two workshops). The people from the FOSSGIS
organizing committee are meeting this Saturday and I will talk to them
about this. I will summarize what we came up with on the Wiki discuss
page. I think we are getting somewhere now.

Best regards,

> 1)
> Change the title from "Official OSGeo Conference Policy"
> to "Official OSGeo Event Policy". "event" is used elsewhere in the policy,
> and the policy applies to more than just conferences. Also change other
> related wordings. 2)
> Under "Value", drop the word "reasonably". OSGeo, and
> therefore events using the OSGeo name, should be aiming higher than
> 'reasonably good'.
> 3)
> Under "Acceptance", it's not clear if items 1 and 2 are
> sequential, or can happen at the same time, and, if they can happen at the
> same time, shouldn't the same plan be distributed to both lists? Having
> "the formal plan" be
> only sent to the Conference Committee mailing list seems to imply that the
> 'general OSGeo public' don't get to see
> "all the details". I do see the potential value to a preliminary
> discussion about an event on the -discuss list, but once the event
> organizer develops a specific plan, wouldn't it be of value to the Conf
> Comm. to see the input of the -discuss
> list in reaction to that plan? 4)
> A natural question from someone proposing an event would
> be "how long does the approval process take?", therefore should the
> Acceptance section contain some timetable?
> For example, that once an event organizer does E.2,
> they will receive a decision from OSGeo within 1 month?
> --
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