[OSGeo-Conf] Questions for FOSS4G 2013 teams

Jachym Cepicky jachym.cepicky at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 16:46:03 EDT 2012


On 4.4.2012 22:06, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> And following on in the same theme as Peter, what human capital are you
> expecting to draw upon? There is a huge amount of volunteer work
> required to bring a successful FOSS4G home. Committee participants with
> a string of big titles are useful for opening doors, but what also makes
> a huge impact are people who step up and do the hundreds of small tasks
> required to get things done. I was blessed to have a  handful of these
> people at FOSS4G 2009, some of whom where not in country. So what I'm
> looking for in answers are people who already have a track record of
> doing the hard slog work for similar successful events, or people with a
> track record of coordinating volunteers for other activities (such as an
> open source project). Names of "doers" that we'd recognise from osgeo
> email lists would certainly be helpful.

As Ari Jolma already mentioned: It is hard to give names without asking
(maybe this would go behind the scope of "LOI-phase"?) . Anyway:
organisation team consists of people from universities (Czech Technical
University and West Bohemian University, some of them are members of
development teams and followers of OSGeo mailing lists) so naturally
there will be the pool, we will be asking for volunteers at the first

We have also people from public administration between us, who do have
experiences with conference organization, so they know and understand,
what needs to be done.

The orga team also consists of people from private business. The
directors are all aware, they are members of team and want, that the
conference is successful. I believe, they will add people, if needed,
for particular organization tasks.

We are aware (and experience with FOSS4G-CEE organization proves this
again), that for such event, several full-time jobs need to be
organized, and every hand is helpful.


> On 4/04/2012 11:55 PM, Peter Batty wrote:
>> Here are three questions for all the teams:
>> (1) How many (global) FOSS4G events has the proposed conference chair
>> been to, and which ones? And please list the same info for any of your
>> committee members that have been to previous events.
>> (Note: I don't think it is a pre-req to have been to any, but
>> obviously it helps with continuity and building on previous events)
>> (2) To the conference chairs: are you willing and able to put in a lot
>> of time to this? Has your employer agreed to give you a reasonable
>> amount of time off from your normal work responsibilities, as you will
>> need this? And in the event that you were not able to continue as
>> conference chair, who would step in to replace you?
>> (I ask these questions as in Denver our original conference chair did
>> have to step down because of unforeseen circumstances).
>> (3) The core mission of FOSS4G is to be the "meeting of the tribes" of
>> the open source geo development community, which has one set of
>> requirements: it has a very techie focus, people it want to be
>> informal and casual and "non-commercial". Many people, myself
>> included, also see FOSS4G as an opportunity to introduce new people to
>> open source geospatial - to be more of an outreach event, have more
>> introductory level sessions, more non-technical sessions. But to some
>> extent the requirements for this conflict with the core mission of
>> FOSS4G - you risk losing the friendly techie collaborative atmosphere,
>> you risk being seen as "too commercial" etc. Some people in the
>> community would rather see FOSS4G be a strictly developer-focused event.
>> So to the question ... to what extent do you see your FOSS4G having an
>> outreach function in addition to the core focus on existing open
>> source developers, and how would you address the challenges mentioned
>> here?
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