[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [Marketing] AAG 2009 Proposal

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Wed Oct 8 22:24:45 PDT 2008


We're in the process of registering the sessions right now(should be 
done by friday), but the plan is to have 3 sessions. We can always 
shrink it if we don't get enough papers but I have the suspicion that 
the AAG paper sorting people will find some we missed so we should give 
them a place to put them.

     * Session 1:Introduction to FOSS in Geography
     * Session 2:FOSS Case Studies - What you did, what you used and why.
     * Session 3:Technical FOSS - talks that throw in the technical talk.

At the moment I think we have about 3-4 talks in the works but thats 
mostly people I know and see on a regular basis.

The details are/will be on http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/AAG_2009
Suggestions on what to call the sessions is also up for discussion.


Helena Mitasova wrote:
> Alex,
> what sessions are you organizing? I will be probably teaching but I may 
> be able to come or my colleague who plans to attend could present if I 
> cannot come. I was planning to submit to GIS and geomorphology but if 
> there is an open source GIS related session I can submit there,
> best regards, Helena
> ---------------------
> Helena Mitasova
> Associate Professor
> Department of Marine, Earth
> and Atmospheric Sciences
> 1125 Jordan Hall, Campus Box 8208
> North Carolina State University
> Raleigh NC 27695-8208
> http://skagit.meas.ncsu.edu/~helena/
> On Oct 8, 2008, at 12:19 AM, Alex Mandel wrote:
>> Was there any resolution on this proposal at the conference. We need 
>> to move fast to at least get the deposit($500) for a booth down in the 
>> next 8 days.
>> I'd just like to reiterate that the AAG should not be considered a 
>> local event as it changes location every year (the US is quite large) 
>> and draws an international crowd.
>> Alternate funding suggestions are welcome, but we need to at least get 
>> the booth deposit down before the deadline to have something to work 
>> with.
>> Regardless we are moving ahead with organizing sessions, although the 
>> response on EDU and General list has been quite low compared to last 
>> year. Suggestions for where to send the Call for Papers?
>> Thanks,
>> Alex
>> Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>> This does look like an excellent opportunity for OSGeo and I'd love 
>>> to see OSGeo present.
>>> However, it does bring up a bigger question about whether OSGeo 
>>> should fund local events.
>>> If OSGeo funds events in the US, then should all 100+ other countries 
>>> expect the same level of funding? Do we have budget to support this?
>>> Here in Australia the OSGeo local chapter have been setting up 
>>> conference stands, giving presentations and workshops and funding 
>>> ourselves. Local industry has been coughing up for travel expenses 
>>> fliers and registration fees and often OSGeo friendly delegates help 
>>> man the stand. We often get free registration often based on us being 
>>> Non-Profit and a highly desirable act.
>>> We have some good presentations you are welcome to use at:
>>> http://www.lisasoft.com/LISAsoft/Company/Presentations.html
>>> Mark Leslie's summary of the Open Source Gespatial Stack
>>> and my Business Case for using Open Source.
>>> Alex Mandel wrote:
>>>> Marketing Committee,
>>>> I would like to propose that Osgeo commit to exhibiting at the 
>>>> Association of American Geographers meeting in late March, 2009 in 
>>>> Las Vegas, Nevada. The AAG annual meeting is the largest meeting of 
>>>> geographers in the United States and includes many international 
>>>> academics and government employees in geography. The last 2 
>>>> conferences have had over 7000 attendees.
>>>> I've put together a preliminary budget proposal at
>>>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/AAG_2009
>>>> At minimum we need to commit to $1000 to reserve the booth in the 
>>>> exhibit hall very soon, there are less than 8 spots left for 
>>>> non-profits with a deposit of $500 at booking.
>>>> I can guarantee 4 volunteers for the booth on top of the request to 
>>>> send at least one top Osgeo member(board?).
>>>> In conjunction with the exhibit I'm attempting to organize paper 
>>>> sessions around FOSS software which I will be proposing to the Edu 
>>>> and general lists shortly.
>>>> Thank you,
>>>> Alex Mandel (wildintellect)
>>>> Geography Graduate Group
>>>> University of California, Davis
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