[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Local Chapter, network and structuration

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Tue Aug 26 15:59:55 PDT 2008

Puneet wrote: "a conference becomes too big to continue being useful."

Do you mean "too big" as in number of people attending, "too big" as in
number of topics presented, or "too big" in some other sense?


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Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Local Chapter, network and

On 8/27/08, Dave Patton <davep at confluence.org> wrote:
> On 2008/08/26 3:08 PM, James Fee wrote:
> > I overheard someone say at GeoWeb 2008 that they could care less
> > FOSS4G outside of North America and they have no interest in what
> > probably be the next couple FOSS4Gs around the world.
> >
>  Hearing things like that, and the reactions about it being
>  'impossible' for USA state and local government employees, etc.,
>  make me wonder if there is any value in having the organizing
>  committees of 'foreign' OSGeo events doing any marketing
>  directly to such people.

I wonder what is the cost of marketing directly to me?

I wonder what is marketing directly to me?

I don't remember seeing an what seemed like a paid ad for any
MUM/FOSS4G conference in a paper magazine or also on a web site?

Just curious.

By the way, I am not a State/Local/Fed employee, yet, I too have
little interest in these overseas, high-cost conferences, at least as
long as I have no funding support for them. I do suspect that at some
point, at least for me personally, a conference becomes too big to
continue being useful.

>  The "glass half empty" view would be that such marketing
>  is 'a waste of time and money', because such people either
>  aren't personally interested, or their workplace has policies
>  that won't allow them to attend.
>  The "glass half full" view is that by directly marketing
>  to such people (who might want to self-identify, to make
>  sure they are on the relevant 'marketing lists') they get
>  the opportunity to have discussions with their supervisor(s),
>  and that if, over time, enough people raise the issue enough
>  times, along with examples of how other jurisdictions get
>  value from sending their staff to 'foreign events', maybe
>  things will change.
>  --
>  Dave Patton
>  CIS Canadian Information Systems
>  Victoria, B.C.
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>  Conference Committee member
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