[OSGeo-Conf] Minutes from today's meeting
andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Thu Sep 20 14:48:34 PDT 2012
Here are some brief minutes from today's meeting. Thank you to those
that attended. Please feel free to adjust or add to this as needed. Thanks.
The meeting was called to discuss if there's a role beyond sponsoring
FOSS4G for LocationTech. As background, LocationTech is run by the
Eclipse Foundation's staff. They also organize EclipseCon & EclipseCon
Europe each year.
Andrew was asked to explain what the Foundation is & does, what
LocationTech is, and his role. In short, it is a community of
communities and also a trade association with well established
governance rules for members. Andrew's job is to nurture the
ecosystem... help projects & member to grow their communities & businesses.
Andrew briefly summarized some of the ideas being discussed with the
FOSS4G 2013 team in Nottingham. Similar contact with the Minneapolis team.
Cameron shared he felt comfortable with the ideas that were proposed. He
noted that in 2009, SSSI members were also offered a discount in
exchange for helping to promote the event. Cameron added that a event
project manager would be a valuable service.
Andrew shared that the conversations with Nottingham are on hold pending
the outcome of this discussion. As well, he noted that the LOC felt it
wasn't appropriate for them to set policy re: OSGeo & LocationTech
Steve offered to provide a copy of the contract between GITA & OSGeo for
FOSS4G 2011. The team agreed this might be a very good starting point.
Cameron explained that FOSS4G income is vital to OSGeo.
Andrew explained that there's an opportunity to partner together thus go
beyond a service contract. It has to make sense of course... no one
wants to force it.
The next step is to use the Denver contract as a basis for a proposal.
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