[OSGeo-Conf] Conference policy

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Fri Jul 18 02:37:46 EDT 2008

Jeff McKenna wrote:
> I should also reiterate that the OSGeo board is meeting this Friday to 
> discuss this policy, so it is important that we all agree on this as 
> soon as possible.  If you have read the modified policy and have no 
> comments, please submit your vote (+1 or -1).
> -jeff

-0 Arnulf

I don't think that this policy [1] addresses my initial concerns which 
is why I cannot support it wholeheartedly. Additionally I think that the 
policy is way too heavy on stressing what has to be done to carry the 
OSGeo logo in good faith at a conference, booth, exhibition - whatever.

My concern was strictly focused on making business with the name OSGeo - 
and especially *in the name of* OSGeo. I still believe that this is not 
a good idea and I do not see it addressed in this policy at all - 
edxcept in ways that will put us kin the same awkward situation that we 
were in before we started out - namely that half the responsible people 
abstain from voting because they might potentially have a conflict of 

I think we must rework this policy before we make it official - the way 
it sounds now it will scare away people who would otherwise have 
presented OSGeo in good faith - with or without commercial interest. It 
will also put quite a lot of additional load on the conference and board 

Sorry that I seem to be incapable to communicate coherently.

Best regards,

[1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Official_OSGeo_Event_Policy

> On 14-Jul-08, at 10:21 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>> I have incorporated the various comments into the policy, which is now 
>> located at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Official_OSGeo_Event_Policy   
>> Again I ask all conference committee members to give it a review.   
>> Thank you.
>> -jeff
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