[OSGeo-Discuss] ESRI Spain conference incident

Richard Greenwood richard.greenwood at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 11:51:03 PDT 2008

I'm please to say that this morning I gave a 30 minute presentation on
Open Source Geospatial software at the Southwest U.S. ESRI Users Group
meeting and that it was well received.

Thanks to those of you that answered a couple I posted on lists
recently in conjunction with researching my presentation.


On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 9:23 AM, Alex Mandel <tech_dev at wildintellect.com> wrote:
> Miguel Montesinos wrote:
>>> De: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org en nombre de Dave Patton
>>> Enviado el: sáb 18/10/2008 18:22
>>> Para: OSGeo Discussions
>>> Asunto: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] ESRI Spain conference incident
>>> On 2008/10/17 12:15 AM, Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas wrote:
>>>> Hi All, I resend this mail to OSGeo discuss because I think is a
>>>> serious incident that cannot be obviated and shows how things are
>>>> getting at least in Spanish market.
>>>> As Alvaro says, why they have this behavior with his colleagues? Maybe
>>>> they fear FOSS companies?
>>>> Anyway, all of you are invited to the gvSIG conf, even to discuss,
>>>> it's free in both senses ;)
>>> ESRI was a sponsor at FOSS4G 2007, and had a Lab.
>>> Who knows, maybe they will be involved somehow in
>>> FOSS4G 2009(for sure they won't be excluded just
>>> because they are viewed as competition for FOSS).
>> "Viewed as competition for FOSS" -> Well, they say (I asked about it at ESRI's booth during both FOSS4G 2007 & 2008) that they have made some contributions to open-source, as the openness of shapefile format or offering WMS servers. :-D
>>> Perhaps they can have a booth in the exhibition
>>> (and maybe gvSIG wants to have a booth right next
>>> to the ESRI booth ;-)
>> For sure FOSS4G ESRI's attendees are much more polite (and clever) than their Spanish collegues.
>> Maybe it would be wiser to make a request for a booth in the world annual ESRI's conference (I don't know nor want to, the exact name). Would they admit a FOSS4G booth (it doesn't matter which project could be) as we make at FOSS4G? It would be funny to see an OSGeo booth showing the integration capabilities of OSGeo projects against ESRI closed products, or even a comparison.
> If we called it a Proj,Python,OGC booth they'd have a hard time saying
> no considering their inclusion of said products/standards in their
> application.
> Alex
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Richard Greenwood
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