[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G 2017 dates

Eli Adam eadam at co.lincoln.or.us
Tue Jun 14 16:24:41 PDT 2016

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 8:28 AM, Even Rouault
<even.rouault at spatialys.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Just discovered today the dates of the event, as well as the beautiful logo.
> I see this was discussed in
> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/conference_dev/2015-October/thread.html#3310
> , and I also find the dates to be super early (I found Bonn to be already quite
> early...) and collide with the summer vacation period for I guess most
> Europeans. Not sure about the customs in other parts of the world. IMHO
> there's a risk a significant portion of the European planned attendance might
> not be able to join specifically because of the dates (*). I'm not sure how big

This year in 2016, we'll see what happens in Europe for a summer date
when travel would be within the continent.

All three 2017 proposals, http://www.osgeo.org/conference/rfp, more or
less offered the same summer week.  I would have preferred a September
date option as well.

Part of giving more advance notice to LOCs responding to the RFP, is
to have more venue options available.  My understanding is that
availability on venues fitting 800+ are often booked 1-3 years in
advance.  And 'good' dates are booked first or charge a higher rate
(someone in the professional conference organizing industry might be
able to explain 'good' is more specific terms).  Lausanne didn't bid
due to lack of suitable dates at venues,

Over the next two years, we'll see how these earlier dates work in
Europe and North America.

Best regards, Eli

> European attendance is usually for a N.A. event, but I found it was worth
> mentionning it.
> Best regards,
> Even
> (*) I was trying to find some statistics backing that. For France, I found in
> this news article
> http://www.lefigaro.fr/emploi/2012/11/15/09005-20121115ARTFIG00481-six-
> semaines-de-conges-par-an-pour-les-salaries-francais.php
> "En 2010, environ un salarié sur deux était en vacances pendant la semaine du
> 9 au 15 août" --> "In 2010, approximately 50% of employees were on vacation
> during the week from August 9 to 15"
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