[OSGeo-Conf] conference web site/ software

Andrew Ross andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Wed Sep 12 18:37:55 PDT 2012


There's a spectrum of possibilities. Here are 3 possible points that could
serve as landmarks for discussion.

*Full Service*

For the Eclipse community the Foundation runs 2 big conferences a year. One
in North America and one in Europe. They tend not to move around as much as
FOSS4G has. They tend to be in very accessible locations thus outreach does
not appear to suffer. Fewer variables changing from year to year
(suppliers, venue, air/train/and other transportation, etc.) help to
de-risk the event and continually enhance it over time.

This service includes the items you mention and more. The program committee
controls the content and consists of community members & esteemed guests.
The program is strictly detached from sponsorship or membership. The heavy
lifting of running a good show is done by dedicated staff. "profits" are
the return, "losses" the ever present risk.

We could do the same for combined FOSS4G + LocationTech events. Naturally,
others would be welcome also.

*Strategic Partner*

A more limited role, where we take on a portion of the risk by guaranteeing
a level of sponsorship & registrations from LocationTech - basically a
level larger than any single organization would bring & possibly growing in
time as we have a benchmark for comparison. We would also promote the
event. This is in exchange for benefits such as discounts for our members.
I had support for this idea.


An even more limited role would be if we decide to sponsor.

There's no need to talk about LocationTech as a sponsor... we'd be just
another sponsor to FOSS4G and FOSS4G just another event to LocationTech
thus straight forward.

If the first two options sound interesting, a conference call might be a
suitable next step.


On 12 September 2012 18:35, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com>wrote:

> Andrew,
> Thank you for your recent suggestions. Selection of conference website
> software is very topical. It was one of the suggestions brought up is
> discussions following foss4g 2012 analysis.
> I'm keen to expand our conversation between Eclipse/LocationTech and OSGeo
> in relation to FOSS4G.
> I understand that LocationTech has a strong interest in being involved in
> spatial conferences, which I think has the potential to be very positive.
> As we are starting to document our FOSS4G processes, I think the time is
> right to start solidifying how LocationTech would be involved in a FOSS4G
> series.
> For instance, it will be very helpful to know if LocationTech would wish
> to provide assistance to conferences by providing web site support, or
> maybe a dedicated staff member, or maybe financial support. If such support
> were provided, what would LocationTech be looking for in return?
> Andrew,
> How would you like to progress such a conversation?
> On 12/09/2012 11:45 PM, Andrew Ross wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> In case it is helpful:
>> Like many others, Eclipse uses the Drupal based Conference Organizing
>> Distribution (COD) http://www.usecod.com/ for EclipseCon and EclipseCon
>> Europe.
>> In addition to the many useful features, we find it helps reduce effort,
>> risk, and speeds up getting quality/consistent event sites up.
>> Andrew
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