[OSGeo-Conf] [Board] 2015 North American conference

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Tue Apr 8 13:33:11 PDT 2014

Hi Everyone,

FYI, at the Vienna Sprint two weeks ago, we had a similar discussion 
about the (lack of) decision process for the location of FOSS4G-Europe. 
The people involved in the discussion included past FOSS4G and 
FOSS4G-CEE organizers, some key members of the EU community and a few 
board members, and the conclusion on the question of the decision 
process was that OSGeo (the international body) and its conference 
committee were not the right people to make the decision on the 
FOSS4G-Europe location, and it was proposed to invite all local chapters 
in Europe to appoint one rep to a FOSS4G-EU conference committee that 
would make the decision on the location of the event. The creation of 
this FOSS4G-EU committee should be discussed on the local-chapters list 
at some point.

I am reporting this here because the same could possibly apply to 
FOSS4G-NA: the global OSGeo may not be the best entity to decide on the 
location of FOSS4G-NA and maybe we should defer to reps of the local 
chapters in the region?

Let's keep this in mind when we discuss this in the board meeting.

BTW, if there is only one candidate for FOSS4G-NA 2015 then there is no 
need for a formal decision process and we should keep things simple, but 
sooner or later the need will arise.


On 14-04-07 1:59 PM, Andrew Ross wrote:
> Bart,
> Sure, I can make that time and I'm glad to have a dialogue about it.
> Thanks for suggesting.
> Kind regards,
> Andrew
> On 07/04/14 13:31, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
>> Hey Andrew,
>> we have a board meeting this Thursday so maybe we can discuss it there
>> as well given this is urgent?
>> I’ll add it to the agenda, would you be available on IRC for any
>> questions?
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2014-04-10
>> Best regards,
>> Bart
>> On 07 Apr 2014, at 19:04, Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org
>> <mailto:andrew.ross at eclipse.org>> wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone,
>>> For those that might be interested in participating in this &
>>> especially up front in terms of outreach & helping sort out details
>>> to tune the idea so it works well, please contact me. Thank you very
>>> much to those that have already.
>>> Some important decisions require immediate attention such as which
>>> city, what dates, and so forth.
>>> Some possible cities suggested by people, for 2015, include:
>>> D.C., San Francisco, Boston, San Diego
>>> In terms of dates, late March or early April would be offset from the
>>> global FOSS4G & also from other very busy periods in the calendar. It
>>> lines up with EclipseCon, which co-hosting helps reduce organizing
>>> burden. For what it's worth, the overall conference would not be
>>> called EclipseCon to appeal to all constituents.
>>> Thoughts?
>>> Thanks again,
>>> Andrew
>>> On 04/04/14 17:02, Andrew Ross wrote:
>>>> Hello Everyone,
>>>> Please excuse the cross post between OSGeo's discuss &
>>>> conference_dev lists as well as LocationTech's discussion list. I'm
>>>> hoping to enable inclusive discussion about an idea.
>>>> Bit of background, this coming May (19-21), LocationTech Summit is
>>>> co-hosted with Location Intelligence in Washington D.C.
>>>> <http://www.locationintelligence.net/>. Travel restrictions for
>>>> Federal Government employees for instance meant holding this in D.C.
>>>> was important in 2014.
>>>> We have started planning for 2015, and I wanted to reach out and see
>>>> if an idea might be of interest to the greater community.
>>>> The idea is to co-host LocationTech Summit, FOSS4G North America,
>>>> and EclipseCon next year in the spring.
>>>> For those that haven't been:
>>>>   * EclipseCon is a great  developer conference & covers topics that
>>>>     I feel may be a really nice complement such as Science, Internet
>>>>     of Things, Automotive, Software development best practice, and
>>>>     more. While there are some awesome talks in the area, it's not
>>>>     just about the IDE. :-)
>>>>   * FOSS4G NA is the regional sibling of FOSS4G Global, also a great
>>>>     developer conference, and focused on geospatial technologies. It
>>>>     is a must attend event if you're into web mapping or looking for
>>>>     open source GIS solutions.
>>>>   * LocationTech Summit is new (first one this May), similar to
>>>>     FOSS4G however perhaps has a stronger focus on high performance
>>>>     geoprocessing technologies and new technologies like GeoGit for
>>>>     instance.
>>>>   * My feeble attempt at contrast aside, I think these last two will
>>>>     see a lot of the same speakers & audience.
>>>> A few thoughts:
>>>>   * We believe a combined event could likely be done to prioritize
>>>>     camaraderie which is so important for open source projects &
>>>>     community. i.e. avoid anyone feeling lost in a huge event.
>>>>   * We feel the mutual outreach to people across communities would
>>>>     be really useful, interesting, and spark wonderful ideas we
>>>>     can't predict.
>>>>   * The logistical work can be done by full time conference
>>>>     organizers who organize EclipseCon each year. The program is up
>>>>     to the communities to set.
>>>>   * For those seeking suppliers, partners, & customers, this should
>>>>     make for more opportunities.
>>>>   * Profit sharing with significant participating groups is doable.
>>>>     We're glad to help figure out a fair and amicable solution.
>>>>   * Ensuring each group are well served is a priority of course. We
>>>>     think this combined event might attract people who might not
>>>>     otherwise come to any of them. But we'll have to try and see.
>>>> Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Is this a good idea? Interested?
>>>> Kind regards,
>>>> Andrew
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