RES: [OSGeo-Conf] 2011 Process

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at
Mon Nov 2 03:29:46 EST 2009

On Fri, October 30, 2009 11:49, Rafael Medeiros Sperb wrote:
> Folks,
> Before we go ahead, I would like to know whether the ideia of having the
> International FOSS4G every two years will be considered, as discussed in
> Sidney? In this case, we would have international and regional meetings
> alternating each other.
> Warm regards,
> Rafael

from my tiny perspective Brazil is a continent of its own and should
therefore also have at least one annually recurring event of its own.
During bootstrapping this is a heavy load on those starting it up but the 
second or third event can - if you manage accordingly - run on its own.

But it is very important to have you here on the conference committee to
add a Brazilian perspective. Ideally some folks from Spanish speaking SA
will also eventually join, for them it definitely makes sense to have a
local conference in their language. I guess Barcelona will be the right
time to bootstrap them, if they are not already under way, Lorenzo is very

Can you argument in favor of having the international FOSS4G in Brazil
apart form it being a great venue and probably offering the most lively
night life ever? Would it help the cause of OSGeo in Brazil, spread word,
mission and so on? This might sound like a rhetoric question but I guess
we should know because it will give us the option to adjust a localized
FOSS4G event to address these questions.


> -----Mensagem original-----
> De: conference_dev-bounces at
> [mailto:conference_dev-bounces at] Em nome de Claude
> Philipona
> Enviada em: Friday, October 30, 2009 4:44 AM
> Para: conference
> Assunto: Re: [OSGeo-Conf] 2011 Process
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 23:26, Paul Ramsey <pramsey at>
> 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.
> I totally approve this principle, It worths at least to try. This is
> something I have already proposed back in 2006 during the FOSS4G in
> Lausanne. this kind of geographic rotation is widely used for
> conferences in several other scientific communities.
> Claude
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