[OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts

Chip Taylor work at xwb.com
Tue Oct 7 11:19:46 PDT 2008

I have to agree that something more "local" needs to be offered as well.  I
attended the Victoria conference and found it to be one of the most useful
conferences I had attended in many years.  But the cost of an airline ticket
from Seattle to Capetown was nearly $2,000 US. Flying time to Capetown was
on the order of 24 hours and returning the flying time was over 31 hours.
That's 55 hours of grueling travel time, not to mention airport time. Add in
the hotel/B&B/tent/sleeping on the street, food and the conference fees you
are talking a good bit of expense here.   In both cash and time, this was
just too prohibitive.  My company would have rejected it outright and I
certainly could not have afforded it from my own funds.


I hope to attend a FOSS4G conference again, but I am afraid with world
finances the way they are, as well as airline situations, it will be quite a
few years before I can do that.


Chip Taylor

Prepared Response, Inc

Tacoma, WA


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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Ames
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 11:08 AM
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Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts


I'll make another plug for Helena's suggestion on the conference list that
an International FOSS4g be offered every other year. In alternate years
members would be encouraged to run regional and/or project specific small
conferences... - Dan

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 12:04 PM, Landon Blake <lblake at ksninc.com> wrote:

I really think the best solution to this issue would be smaller, regional
conferences. Perhaps this could be an issue that could be tackled by local
OSGeo Chapters?


It would be cool if we could get a point location and radius of acceptable
travel from each OSGeo member. You could then determine which host cities
for a local or regional conference would impact the most users.




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