[OSGeo-Conf] 2012 Final Step: Voting

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 16:30:36 EDT 2011

Jeff, I realise my vote is supposed to be private, but wanted to 
publicly explain my reasons for voting (and in particular, encourage 
Prague to resubmit next year).

The foss4g conference committee had previously noted our preference for 
a 3 year cycle for venue selection:
* Europe
* America
* Rest of world
* Europe
* ...

The advantage of having such a cycle, and sticking to it, is that we 
will find it much easier in planning and marketing our conferences.
As has been said in Denver, "This is an excellent conference, and it 
won't be in the US for another 3 years".
It will also open an opportunity for off-year conferences, for areas 
that know that they will not get foss4g for another 2 years, they will 
be able to focus on creating off year conferences, or creating Open 
Source streams in other Geospatial conferences.

I did find that Prague presented an excellent offering, and as such it 
will influence my vote for a European city next year. (My message to 
Prague is please submit again next year). Beijing has put in an 
excellent bid as well, but my primary motivation in voting is to stick 
to our 3 year cycle. So I'm +1 for Beijing.

On 30/08/2011 6:02 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Thank you to both teams for answering the OSGeo Conference Committee's 
> questions regarding the proposals.
> I would ask that all OSGeo Conference Committee members email me their 
> selection privately for 2012: "Beijing" or "Prague" - please email me 
> before the end of your Thursday (Sept 1st) day.  If there is a 
> majority in the voting results, we'll announce the winner on Friday.  
> Hopefully this still gives the winner some time to prepare a short 
> 'invitation' presentation for the 10 minute slot in the closing 
> plenary in Denver on September 16th (see Day 5: 3:30pm-3:40pm 
> http://2011.foss4g.org/program/session-schedule).
> Background info:
> - proposals: http://www.osgeo.org/conference/rfp
> - OSGeo Committee Members:
>     Thierry Badard
>     Arnulf Christl
>     Gavin Fleming
>     Steve Lime
>     Dave McIlhagga
>     Helena Mitasova
>     Markus Neteler
>     Claude Philipona
>     Venkatesh Raghavan
>     Paul Ramsey
>     Cameron Shorter
>     Frank Warmerdam
>     Lorenzo Becchi
>     Jeff McKenna
>     (I've already discussed with Peter Batty about his involvement in 
> this committee after Denver)
> Thanks everyone, this is exciting!
> -jeff
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