RES: RES: [OSGeo-Conf] 2011 Process

Rafael Medeiros Sperb rsperb at
Tue Nov 3 14:39:13 EST 2009


I want to make clear that GeoLivre is not a OSGeo-Br meeting, but rather a company's showcase. Therefore, is more oriented to display successful applications that OpenGeo has developed for its clients, especially the government.

In Brazil, we have started as early as 2002 our brazilian meetings, firstly as mapserver user's meetings (ENUM), and for the last 2 years, as a shy OSGeo-Br get together at the latinoware conference. But nothing compared with what we had in the past. OSGeo-Br came from those mapserver meetings. I believe we are still trying to move from it to OSGeo umbrella. It has been a little messy to this moment.

I do agree with Jorge that LA has a potential on its own. But thus far, there has been little movement to integrated portuguese and Spanish speaking countries. This would be the wise movement for next year.

Warm regards,


-----Mensagem original-----
De: conference_dev-bounces at [mailto:conference_dev-bounces at] Em nome de Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas
Enviada em: Monday, November 02, 2009 12:26 PM
Para: arnulf.christl at
Cc: conference
Assunto: Re: RES: [OSGeo-Conf] 2011 Process

2009/11/2 Arnulf Christl <arnulf.christl at>:
> 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
> 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.

Well, maybe I'm missing something in that thread but Brazil has its
FOSS4G event at this month on Brasilia.

But I have no idea if they are connected with OSGeo or OSGeo-Brazil in any way

> 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
> active.
> 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.
> Regards,
> Arnulf.

On the other hand, this year was the first gvSIG conference for
Latinamerican and Caribe, with a lot enthusiasm and success AFAIK.
Next year will be at Venezuela and probably next on Brazil. So the
thinks in SA are moving and I see a growing "market" there for OSGeo
and free geosoftware.

Best regards
Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas
Ingeniero en Geodesia y Cartografía
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