[OSGeo-Discuss] An OSGeo Call for Papers, sort of

Jeroen Ticheler Jeroen.Ticheler at fao.org
Wed May 3 03:35:35 PDT 2006

Hi Michael,
I hope this is of interest ot the site:

FOSS and OpenSDI
A presentation on Free and Open Source Software in the context of an  
OpenSDI (Open Source based Spatial Data Infrastructure). The  
presentation uses the LEGO® Metaphor as used in “Towards a Free and  
Open Source Spatial Data Infrastructure.”
C. Holmes et. al. - 2005.

     * Presentation "FOSS and OpenSDI"

The presentation can be found on the GeoNetwork opensource Community  
website at (all the way at the  
Feel free to download it or link to it. Published under the Creative  

Greetings from Rome,
Jeroen Ticheler
Tel: +39 06 57056041
42.07420°N 12.34343°E

On May 2, 2006, at 11:53 PM, Michael P. Gerlek wrote:

> OSGeo-ers:
> The following is sort of an experiment, so please bear with me.
> Your Visibility Committee is setting up a "library" of content related
> to OSGeo activities, and we would like you to contribute.  We know  
> that
> there is a lot of very good content out there -- and so our idea is to
> be able to collect a number of presentations, talks, etc, under  
> terms of
> a CC-like license so that other OSGeo members can use them in order to
> create/derive/remix/mashup their own custom presentations, talks, etc.
> The sort of content we are looking for includes, but is not limited  
> to:
>   - papers
>   - slide presentations
>   - web-based presentations (e.g. for tutorials)
>   - podcasts
>   - ...?
> The topics we are looking to cover include anything that touches on
> OSGeo, e.g. the intersection of Open Source and GIS:
>   - overviews of what our Foundation is and does
>   - why open source is good, in the GIS world
>   - surveys of open source geo packages
>   - presentations on specific OSGeo member projects
>   - etc
> As we intend this to be a "permanent" library, higher quality material
> is preferred over random wiki pages of notes and scribblings.  That
> said, if all I can get is a bunch of outlines for talks written up in
> ASCII, I'd be happy with that.  If in doubt, go ahead and submit it.
> We're going to see how it goes and what happens, but for now the  
> ground
> rules will be:
> * The actual "library" will live on the OSGeo site as a simple Wiki  
> page
> with summaries and links.  I would prefer to host the actual  
> content at
> osgeo.org -- if you can't abide by that, you can send me a link and  
> I'll
> use that.
> * For now, unless otherwise indicated, if you submit material I will
> assume you consent to a
> "free-to-remix-this-content-as-long-as-you-give-me-credit" policy.   
> (I'm
> sure there's a formal CC term for this, but I need to do the  
> research on
> that.)
> * I'm not going to fight any file format wars at this point: whatever
> format is submitted will be what we use, at least for now.   
> PowerPoint,
> PDF, LaTex, troff, HyperCard, whatever.
> * Languages other than English are encouraged!  (although you'll  
> need to
> give me a short one-sentence summary in English of what the content is
> about...)
> (Also, I think we should exclude from this CFP any material that is  
> more
> "course-work" oriented, as that falls under the purview of the  
> Education
> and Curriculum Committee.)
> For now I'm just focused on getting a critical mass of content to  
> launch
> this, but if you have any suggestions for how to organize and host  
> this
> material later on, I'd be happy to hear them.
> Thanks in advance for your contributions!
> -mpg
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