[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: FOSS4G 2007 Workshop Submission

Paul Ramsey pramsey at refractions.net
Thu Mar 29 07:29:38 PDT 2007


I appreciate your frustration, and I know it is shared by many  
others, as only 12 of the 34 3-hour workshop submissions could be  
hosted.  The criteria the workshop committee used in their evaluation  
are here:


All the committee members ranked the submissions on those criteria  
and the rankings were averaged.  Two workshops in the top 12 that  
were topic duplicates were removed and the next-lowest-ranked non- 
duplicates were moved up.  It appears that being on the committee is  
no guarantee of satisfaction with the final result. The average of a  
bunch of lists people want is a list that no one is 100% happy with.


On 28-Mar-07, at 10:36 PM, Jeroen Ticheler wrote:

> Dear people,
> Thank you for your information. I have to say I find that pretty  
> frustrating and annoying knowing that GeoNetwork opensource is one  
> of the incubator projects of OSGEO, the number of OSGEO projects is  
> (still) limited and FOSS4G is the OSGEO conference.
> Participating with the project in OSGEO has multiple reasons, one  
> of them being that it provides opportunities to work on synergies  
> and work on marketing the OSGEO software stack. Now how does the  
> intent of OSGEOs mission fit with refusing a (single) workshop on  
> one of its projects. Maybe I miss something, but I'd assumed there  
> was at least some kind of a relation!?
> Looking forward to some good feedback and discussion on this, also  
> on the OSGEO mailing list as I consider that discussion very  
> relevant in the further development of outreach strategies for  
> ourselves and the OSGEO foundation through conferences.
> Core question:
> "Should OSGEO projects have guaranteed workshop and presentation  
> space for at least one session?"
> Regards,
> Jeroen
> On Mar 28, 2007, at 5:58 PM, FOSS4G 2007 wrote:
>> Dear Jeroen Ticheler,
>> We regret to inform you that we will not be able to accept your  
>> Half Day
>> workshop, "Using the GeoNetwork opensource Spatial Data Catalog",  
>> for the
>> FOSS4G 2007 program.  We had a very large number of submissions  
>> this year, and
>>  have been able to accept less than half of them
>> .
>> We hope you will consider bringing some of your ideas to the  
>> conference in the
>>  form of a presentation. The Call for Presentations is currently  
>> open, and
>> there is room for 120 presentations at the conference this year
>> .
>> http://www.foss4g2007.org/presentations
>> Yours,
>> The FOSS4G 2007 Conference Committee

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