[OSGeo-Discuss] Request for Information (RFI) Geospatial Line of Business

Chris Holmes cholmes at openplans.org
Mon Apr 17 12:21:20 PDT 2006

Is anyone else interested in working on this?  I could put some decent 
time in, and think it could be important, presenting some compelling 
arguments as to why the US government should invest in open source 

I can devote a few cycles to OSGeo over the next few weeks, and this 
sounds like just the sort of thing we want the organization to do, and 
can reuse the answers elsewhere.  We could start a wiki page and 
collaborate there...


Ned Horning wrote:
> Mark,
> This is a good find. I quickly went through the RFI (request for
> information) questionnaire and I think OSGeo is in a great position to
> promote the advantages of open source in a response. There is a good amount
> of work to prepare a response but answering the questionnaire might promote
> some discussion that would benefit the foundation in the long run. I think
> this is a great opportunity for the Foundation but it would be good to hear
> what others think.
> I noticed that there is Practitioners Day for the Geospatial LoB (line of
> business) will be on April 18, 2006 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT in
> Washington, DC. Are there any DC people who could attend this? Registration
> has to happen by the 14th (Friday). Responses for the RFI must be in by May
> 5th. 
> Ned 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Lucas [mailto:mlucas17 at mac.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:39 AM
> To: discuss at mail.osgeo.org
> Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Request for Information (RFI) Geospatial Line of
> Business
> Here is an opportunity to pitch open source Geo-spatial software solutions
> to the US Federal government.
> The US Government has put out an RFI looking for how to proceed on
> Geo-spatial capabilities.  
> http://www1.fbo.gov/spg/GSA/V/VC/GSV06PD00089/SynopsisR.html
> from slashgisrs.org
> "The US Office of Management and Budget <http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/>
> (OMB) is asking the geospatial private sector for advice on how it should
> spend the new geospatial line of business in the federal budget via an RFI
> questionnaire
> <http://www1.fbo.gov/spg/GSA/V/VC/GSV06PD00089/Attachments.html>  (direct
> file link
> <http://www1.fbo.gov/EPSData/GSA/Synopses/22142/GSV06PD00089/RFIQuestionnair
> eforGeospatial.doc> ). [Responses due by 5/5/06] "This RFI is soliciting
> information to support the development of a common solution for the Federal
> government-wide Geospatial LoB. Responses to this RFI should come from the
> perspective of being a geospatial user, provider or consultant. The RFI is
> to: Solicit information from industry, government, academia, and non-profit
> organizations on strategies, alternatives, and experiences in developing and
> implementing programs and innovative practices that have been effective in
> increasing geospatial effectiveness and efficiency;" Full details/updates
> <http://www1.fbo.gov/spg/GSA/V/VC/GSV06PD00089/listing.html> ."
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Chris Holmes
The Open Planning Project
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