[OSGeo-Discuss] Local Chapter, network and structuration

Yves Jacolin yjacolin at free.fr
Sun Aug 24 09:22:30 PDT 2008


OSGeo-fr has been formely created in september as the Francophone Local 
Chapter following 1 year discussing details for structuring ourselves. In 
june, Daniel Morissette, Thierry Badard and Nicolas Gignac proposed to people 
form Quebec to meet each other to think about how Quebec could act inside 
this Francophone Local Chapter. This meeting began the process for creating 
Quebec Local Chapter. I won't details more but one of the purposes of this 
Local Chapter could be to be a kind of local contact for Francophone LC.

The creation of the OSGeo-qc is mainly due to the spatial distance and the 
difference between qc and fr (most people acting in OSGeo-fr come from 
France) about the way FOSS are used. Each area having their own issue and 
progress. Daniel, Thierry or Nicolas will correct and clarify this facts.

Following the creation meeting of OSGeo-qc I spent some time to think about 
why this occurs and how change or more specificly how structure OSGeo-fr and 
OSGeo-qc, how do we work together, etc.

** Propositions**
I suggest to not use LC to join people with common langage. As there are some 
importante difference between countries: what they need to do, how they can 
do it, etc. Furthermore, following the well knonw sentence : Think global, 
act local, it is important that one people (or more) act localy, this is not 
easy within OSGeo-fr. The best way (IMHO) is to create one LC for each 
country and join this LC into network. So we will create Francophone Network 
(containing OSGo-fr, OSGeo-qc, etc.), Europeen Network (containing OSGeo-fr, 
OSGeo-it, OSGeo-de, OSGeo-uk, sp, etc.).

Each network allowing each LC to share informations and contact, think global 
and act local, even if act global could be possible, I think mainly for 
europeen network.

You will find here [1] the schema_osgeo.pdf file illustrating what could be 
the structure of OSGeo. I added some information on the right about url 
website. I suggest to use Name Space for each three group in order to better 
structure the wiki and allowing searching for only one (or more) of this 

What does the other LC think about this? Specially Spanih LC which is as the 
Francophone LC, mainly based on common langage.

Best regards,

[1] http://osgeo2.gloobe.org/board/
Yves Jacolin
"Donner la liberté aux individus ne suffit pas, il faut aussi leur donner du 
pouvoir, de la puissance d'agir." M Gauchet

"Give freedom to people is not enough, we also have to give them the power to 
use this freedom, to act". M Gauchet

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