[OSGeo-Conf] Analysing the downfall of FOSS4G 2011

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 16:24:16 PDT 2012

On 17/08/2012 8:20 AM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM, Michael P. Gerlek<mpg at flaxen.com>  wrote:
>> >BitnerD wrote:
>> >
>>> >>Incidentally, I would really like to see clarification on the role of the Conference Committee with respect to support of events other than the main FOSS4G event. I have to say that it was not clear at all (nor is to this day) what role I should expect the Conference Committee to play in support or review of the activities that we are working on for the NA event in 2013.
>> >
>> >Me too. My understanding is that the Conf Comm was only for the international event -- is that true?
>> >
>> >If not, would it make sense to expand the chart of the Conf Comm to help out or advise [in some as yet undefined way] with regional confs and such as well?
> Folks,
> My belief is that the conference committee should play a role
> in any conference that the formal OSGeo organization is
> responsible for.  If we assume responsibility for FOSS4G NA
> then it would be included.
> I'd also love to see the committee play some role in connecting
> other open source geospatial events but that would be more
> in the vein of providing advice, and coordination rather than
> deeper responsibility.

Agreed. People organising OSGeo type events need to meet up somewhere. I 
suggest the best place to point them at is the OSGeo conference email list.

And rather than see the extra conferences as a drain on our volunteer 
time, I see expect to see it swell our ranks with more volunteers. 
Especially if people buy in to the moral expectation that if the greater 
community has helped you run your conference, then we hope you do the 
same for helping others. (Core OS principle)

Cameron Shorter
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