[OSGeo-Conf] Analysing the downfall of FOSS4G 2011

Andrew Ross andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Thu Aug 16 13:13:41 PDT 2012


For what it's worth - historically FOSS4G has been a source of revenue 
_and_ outreach, hasn't it? There's considerable evidence that a well run 
event drawing many people and excellent sponsors tends to be successful 
on both counts.

A major conference like FOSS4G is a significant financial activity. One 
that carries considerable risk. One sentiment I've heard many times on 
lists and in person is that people are comfortable trusting the board to 
make the right decision for such matters. They elected them to do so.


On 08/16/2012 03:59 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> It all comes down to the basic purpose of the FOSS4G event.  Is it a
> revenue generator that in fact is the major source of revenue for OSGeo?
>   Then for sure, I can see your points.  Is it to promote Open Source
> geospatial around the world?  Then there is no doubt in my mind Charter
> members should be involved in this decision.
> -jeff
> On 12-08-16 4:45 PM, Paul Ramsey wrote:
>> Jeff,
>> Your suggestion moves in the opposite direction Dave is proposing.
>> Dave says the problem is that the conf. committee is relatively
>> removed from the strategic concerns of the foundation (like financial
>> issues) and that the board should take a stronger hand. Handing the
>> decision to the charter membership moves the decision to a population
>> even further removed from those issues than the conf. committee.
>> P.

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