[OSGeo-Conf] 2011 Process

Peter Batty peter at ebatty.com
Sun Nov 1 21:23:47 EST 2009

I agree with Dave and continue to support option 1.

I also support OSGeo continuing to be supportive of, and perhaps being more
proactive about, additional regional conferences around the world. I think
that having the regular cycle for the main global conference will help with
this aim too.

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 7:13 PM, Dave McIlhagga
<dmcilhagga at dmsolutions.ca>wrote:

> Assuming the "Gathering of the Tribes" is the primary goal of the
> conference, Option 1 makes the most sense to me. In particular if this is
> seen as an important vehicle for generating operating revenue for the
> organization.
> As much as the outreach in all corners of the globe is important -- I think
> a lot of this can be very effectively achieved through the local chapters.
> Dave
> On 2009-10-30, at 5:11 PM, Paul Ramsey wrote:
>  Venka,
>> While I agree that I need a far less dismissive signifier than
>> "Other", I feel that a five-step rotation
>> Africa/Asia-Pacific/Europe/North America/South Americas puts far too
>> much space between the NA/Europe gatherings. The plain fact is that
>> the participation in the development communities is overwhelmingly
>> Europe/NA.
>> In addition, our attendance has been far better in EUR/NA. If
>> Barcelona makes 1000 attendees, which seems highly likely, the
>> combined Europe/NA attendance (1700) will almost double the combined
>> Asia/Africa attendance (1000) over this cycle.
>> Finally, in financial terms, the situation is even more unbalanced --
>> the combined $50K net of Asia/Africa is far less than the $120K net
>> from Victoria alone.
>> Anyhow, that is my personal opinion, but at the risk of having my ox
>> gored let me put another option on the table regards rotation and take
>> the temperature of the room:
>> Option 1: Europe/NA/Elsewhere
>> Option 2: Europe/Elsewhere/NA/Elsewhere
>> Yours,
>> Paul
>> On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 5:53 AM, Venka <venka.osgeo at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Claude Philipona wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 23:26, Paul Ramsey <pramsey at cleverelephant.ca>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> I would like to add one more decision before we start 2011 planning,
>>>>> and that is "regional rotation". Namely that, before we solicit
>>>>> letters of interest, we clearly state that acceptable proposals from a
>>>>> particular region will receive preference. Further, I would like to
>>>>> propose that the rotation be set as Europe/North America/Other, with
>>>>> 2010 being Europe, 2011 being North America and 2012 being the next
>>>>> other.
>>> Agree to the regional rotation but not the idea that half the
>>> people planet on this planet are clumped as "others".
>>> Perhaps we can consider Africa/Asia-Pacific/Europe/North America/South
>>> Americas. I keep Balkan states, Central Asia, Middle East,
>>> Russia in reserve as we have not seen participation
>>> form that part of the world in past of the world at the past FOSS4G
>>> conferences. Hope to see some of them folks in Barcelona.
>>> FOSS4G will complete its "rotation" in Europe, North America,
>>> Africa and Asia-Pacific, Europe by 2010.
>>> The next in line would be North America/South Americas
>>> considering the fact that we have done 2 stops in Europe before
>>> reaching somewhere it 2011, we might as well stop again at
>>> North America (if our friends in South Americas do not
>>> strongly disagree).
>>> That would leave us a choice of stopping again in Asia for 2012
>>> or walking along to the South Americas. Personally, I
>>> hope we could bring FOSS4G-2012 to a place that I would not
>>> feel jet lagged nor require a travel visa.
>>> And talking about travel visa, if we do decide to stop again
>>> in North America in 2011, the organizing folks should take
>>> care of this issue because half the people living on this
>>> planet whom we now classify as "other" may find it
>>> annoyingly cumbersome to get their travel documents.
>>> Venka
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