[OSGeo-Discuss] Interested in OSGeo

Gary Lang gary.lang at autodesk.com
Thu Dec 7 09:03:55 PST 2006


I am not located there but grew up there. I notice that most organizations like this one that are located in the valley tend to have valley-wide coverage. It was just a suggestion. You are right - it is a big valley. Bigger than some states.


-----Original Message-----
From:	Landon Blake [mailto:lblake at ksninc.com]
Sent:	Thu 12/7/2006 8:21 AM
To:	discuss at mail.osgeo.org
Subject:	RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Interested in OSGeo



Are you located in the Central Valley?


I’m not really sure how much interest I will get in the GIS User Group just yet. It’s still very much in its infancy stage. I’m in the process of setting up a website and a mailing list. I think it might be a little premature to try and form an OSGeo chapter. If there is some interest in the user group I would definitely consider this after the group is set up.


I have no problem including Sacramento, but Bakersfield might be a little to far south. I imagine most of the interaction between group members will occur online, but I do want to have a meeting once or twice a year. I don’t know if people would be willing to drive from that far South.


Let me know what you think.





From: Gary Lang [mailto:gary.lang at autodesk.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 10:18 PM
To: discuss at mail.osgeo.org; discuss at mail.osgeo.org
Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Interested in OSGeo



Welcome to OSGeo.

Would you be willing to help set up this chapter that covers the entire Central Valley (Sacramento/Stockton to Bakersfield)?



-----Original Message-----
From:   Landon Blake [mailto:lblake at ksninc.com]
Sent:   Wed 12/6/2006 4:27 PM
To:     discuss at mail.osgeo.org
Subject:        [OSGeo-Discuss] Interested in OSGeo

I’ve just subscribed to the mailing list.

I work as a Land Surveyor in Stockton, California. I also work as a project administrator and developer for the SurveyOS Project and the JUMP Pilot Project. Most of my volunteer work revolves around the open source GIS program OpenJUMP. I’m an advocate of the open source development model, open technology standards, and especially open source GIS.

I checked out the Volunteers Needed page, and think I might be able to help on a limited basis with the Core Cirriculum Project. At any rate, it is an area that I’m interested in. I’d love to explore the possibility of a basic apprenticeship or certification program built from public data, “free” materials/documentation, and open source GIS software.

I’m also planning a local GIS user group for GIS users in my region. The main goal of the group will be to promote data sharing among members. I’ve got some ideas about what you could call “community mapping” that I’d like to experiment with. I want to see if it would be possible to apply the principles of open source software projects to cooperative mapping efforts. It will take me a few months to get this all the way off of the ground, but it might have potential as an OSGeo chapter.

Landon Blake (A.K.A. – The Sunburned Surveyor)

Project Surveyor

KSN Inc. - Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors

E-Mail Address: lblake at ksninc.com

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