[OSGeo-Discuss] Local Chapter, network and structuration

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Mon Aug 25 09:18:35 PDT 2008

There is no way I can go to FOSS4G in a foreign country, but I could
likely get to a North American meeting on the West Coast. I'm sure
others are in the same boat. So from my perspective, this is a good


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The concept of "Network" is very interesting and addresses a need that 
is met by several local chapters. In the specific case of the Quebec and

France chapters, a Francophone network would allows us to coordinate our

efforts on French documentation and other French language issues.

Here in North America we start to feel the need for a North American 
meeting to allow people who cannot travel overseas to still meet their 
peers at least yearly (the goal is not to compete with the international

event, but to complement it). A North American network could be added to

your schema that would include the Quebec, BC, Ottawa, Twin Cities and 
New Mexico local chapters (did I forget any?), and one of its goals 
would be the coordination of a yearly North-American meeting. I presume 
other continents might end up doing the same.


Yves Jacolin wrote:
> Hi,
> **History**
> OSGeo-fr has been formely created in september as the Francophone
> Chapter following 1 year discussing details for structuring ourselves.
> june, Daniel Morissette, Thierry Badard and Nicolas Gignac proposed to
> form Quebec to meet each other to think about how Quebec could act
> this Francophone Local Chapter. This meeting began the process for
> Quebec Local Chapter. I won't details more but one of the purposes of
> Local Chapter could be to be a kind of local contact for Francophone
> The creation of the OSGeo-qc is mainly due to the spatial distance and
> 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
> progress. Daniel, Thierry or Nicolas will correct and clarify this
> Following the creation meeting of OSGeo-qc I spent some time to think
> 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
> 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
> (containing OSGo-fr, OSGeo-qc, etc.), Europeen Network (containing
> OSGeo-it, OSGeo-de, OSGeo-uk, sp, etc.).
> Each network allowing each LC to share informations and contact, think
> and act local, even if act global could be possible, I think mainly
> europeen network.
> **Conclusion**
> 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
> website. I suggest to use Name Space for each three group in order to
> structure the wiki and allowing searching for only one (or more) of
> groups.
> What does the other LC think about this? Specially Spanih LC which is
as the 
> Francophone LC, mainly based on common langage.
> Best regards,
> Y.
> [1] http://osgeo2.gloobe.org/board/

Daniel Morissette
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