[OSGeo-Conf] Fwd: Time to decide on FOSS4G NA 2017

David William Bitner bitner at dbspatial.com
Thu Feb 18 11:37:01 PST 2016

If any folks from the OSGeo Conference Committee have thoughts or concerns
on this, I'd love to hear them on FOSS4G NA selection mailing list

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From: Andrea Ross <fosslc at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Time to decide on FOSS4G NA 2017
To: "foss4gna_selection at googlegroups.com" <
foss4gna_selection at googlegroups.com>

Dear Everyone,

As many of you know, FOSS4G NA is an important annual conference for a
number of communities, projects, and initiatives. OSGeo & LocationTech are
two of the well known Foundations participating, but FOSS4G NA spans well
beyond both.

In 2015, a number of people participated in crafting governance for FOSS4G
Following that governance, the core committee (see below), is working on
making a decision regarding FOSS4G NA 2017.

The key decision for the short term is whether FOSS4G NA 2017 should be
held in 2017. FOSS4G Global will be held in Boston in late August (IIRC),
so the decision is not as simple as it would have otherwise been.

Discussion is taking place on the FOSS4G NA selection mailing list
<https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/foss4gna_selection>. All are
invited to participate.

For context:

   - FOSS4G NA has grown into a good sized conference in its own right, and
   keeps growing. The next one is taking place May 2-5, 2016 in Raleigh
   North Carolina <https://2016.foss4g-na.org/>. FOSS4G NA has done some
   things differently than global such as free passes for speakers,
   registration discounts for committers, and and more.
   - In other regions, the regional conferences have run in the same year
   as FOSS4G Global with no serious issues noted. It is likely FOSS4G NA could
   run anywhere other than the North-eastern United states, and both it and
   FOSS4G Global in Boston would succeed.
   - A few groups have expressed some interest in FOSS4G NA 2017 being
   hosted in their region including San Francisco and Ottawa. It is now time
   to decide if we proceed with NA 2017, or not.

As per the FOSS4G NA governance
the committee consists of:

   - 3 past chairs of FOSS4G NA (Currently: Eddie Pickle, David Bitner, Rob
   - 1 representative for OSGeo (Currently: Mark Lucas)
   - 1 representative for LocationTech (Currently: Jim Hughes)

Sarah Cordivano (chair 2016), will soon join the FOSS4G NA core committee
as Eddie Pickle (chair 2012) retires from it.

For those interested, the kinds of things the committee is looking for in a
place to host FOSS4G NA are:

   - Good flight links nationally.
   - Appropriate sized venue (500-700 people).
   - A choice of accommodations at various price points.
   - Economical price point for the conference venue.
   - Active community in the region.
   - Downtown location near many points of interest is a big plus

Kind regards,


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David William Bitner
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