[OSGeo-Conf] Fwd: Time to decide on FOSS4G NA 2017
guido at guidostein.com
Thu Feb 18 12:05:54 PST 2016
Other than today's announcement, I don't see any posts in the NA google
group since December. I am confused to what discussion Andrea is referring
to in her email?
On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:37 PM David William Bitner <bitner at dbspatial.com>
> 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
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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 NA
> 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 Emanuele)
> - 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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