[OSGeo-Conf] Naming the three regions of FOSS4G rotation

Guido Stein gstein at appgeo.com
Thu Feb 23 13:12:55 PST 2017

I think labels are useful. I think rest of the world makes it sound like we
don't know geography and are Euro-NorthAmerican Centric.

It would be nice to have a better label than "rest of the world".

Looking for a comparable, the world bank uses the following regions (

East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia

Perhaps we can use this tact:

North America
Africa, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East (AAPLACME)


On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 2:29 PM Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 10:12 AM, Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > What would we like to name the three regions of FOSS4G rotation?
> Any ideas?
> > Commonly these have been called North America, Rest of World, and
> > Europe.  Could there be a better term for Rest of World?  Any
> Should we formalize what has been commonly used, North America, Rest
> of World, and Europe?
> > geographers here?
> So I troll the whole list asking if there are any geographers and no
> one responds; well done to ignore the trolling, maybe it got the whole
> message ignored.
> >
> > On the order of the regions, I think that the order should be stated
> > in the same order as the rotation (as I've done above) which still
> > leaves three options.
> >
> > Thoughts and suggestions?
> Partly what prompted me raising this question was the "About FOSS4G"
> section in this news announcement http://www.osgeo.org/node/1752 which
> is for a conference in a continent which FOSS4G reportedly doesn't
> visit.  "FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3
> regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific."
> In specific documents like the RFP, we could use "North America, Rest
> of World, and Europe" and in generic things like news announcements we
> could say something like "FOSS4G rotates around the world each year,
> having visited five continents so far".
> Eli
> >
> > Thanks, Eli
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