[OSGeo-Conf] [Board] On the creation of permanent OSGeo/FOSS4G CRM

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 13:46:17 PDT 2014

I think you are getting a rough consensus on this topic.
I suggest writing a draft section in the foss4g cookbook, following 
writing guide here:

Once done, give people a chance to review and adjust words.
Then we can vote to have the section added.

I'm expecting (hoping) that this is the first of many good ideas that 
you will have as you progress through the process of running foss4g, and 
I strongly encourage you to add new draft sections to the cookbook as 
you go.  I find it is much easier to write as you are doing it, rather 
than to retrospectively add ideas.

On 28/03/14 6:51 PM, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
> Personally I think it would be fine to mandate this is in the RFP 
> document.
> Thanks for taking the lead on this Darrell.
> Best regards,
> Bart
> On 28 Mar 2014, at 00:06, Darrell Fuhriman <darrell at garnix.org 
> <mailto:darrell at garnix.org>> wrote:
>> 1) I agree that it belongs in the handbook. I’d like it to be 
>> stronger than just a suggestion, however. I’d like to be the default 
>> assumption. It’s true that the idea is compelling enough on its own 
>> to make it likely people would use it, but… to be blunt, we have 
>> enough to do, so if we’re going to expend the substantial amount of 
>> work required to make this happen, we’d like to be confident that it 
>> won’t die after September.
>> 2,3) There’s no such thing as software without maintenance, so if 
>> OSGeo isn't willing to commit to doing the maintenance, then I’d 
>> suggest that a commercially hosted CRM is a wise investment. For 
>> example, a single SugarCRM user is $35/mo. That is a very modest 
>> expense, given the return on investment, even at half-a-dozen users 
>> (1-2 per FOSS4G conference).
>> 4) Boy howdy, do we. In general I think organizers have adopted a 
>> pretty conservative approach, but having an overarching OSGeo policy 
>> that was a mandatory umbrella for all conferences is a /much/ better 
>> idea.
>> Darrell
>> On Mar 27, 2014, at 14:28, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com 
>> <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> Darrell,
>>> +1 from me too, with the following comments:
>>> 1. I think the best way to set this up, and ensure that it will 
>>> continue to be used at future conferences is to collect this 
>>> suggestion, along with others, into the emerging FOSS4G Cookbook: 
>>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Handbook
>>> 2. When setting up the infrastructure, I suggest ensuring that it is 
>>> sustainable long term, with very little maintenance.
>>> 3. In particular, use the Open Source version rather than commercial 
>>> version of Sugar CRM, so we are not dependant on fees.
>>> 4. We need a policy in place regarding privacy of data. People and 
>>> organisations need to know how widely their contact details are 
>>> being shared before they hand them over.
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