[OSGeo-Discuss] New OSGeo Board and Next 5 years for OSGeo
ravivundavalli at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 1 00:59:22 PDT 2009
"clearly we still have had only modest success getting folks in
the developing world actively involved in the global OSGeo activities"
It is with all humility, I join the board. Will strive to keep the
issues of the developing world (India included) in focus.
Wishing my fellow OSGeo board members all the best.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
(Gandhis birthday 2nd October)
--- On Wed, 30/9/09, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com> wrote:
> From: Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo
> To: "OSGeo Discussions" <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> Date: Wednesday, 30 September, 2009, 9:33 PM
> Rafal Wawer wrote:
> > Hi Frank, For your end-users I see a lot of
> opportunities in developing
> > countries,
> So do I, particularly because I think in those countries
> people will
> see that some elbow grease and investment in their own
> knowledge can
> give them what they need for a low cost, and providing
> > where the cost of software licenses is far to high for
> > budgets thay have. Naturally, some of the users use
> cracks, but it won't be
> > that easy enymore, especially in the domain of web
> services. OSGeo could
> > support education in FOSS4G in those countries - with
> active marketing,
> > sending information letters to the bodies responsible
> for mapping and
> > environment.
> I am a big believer in folks "pulling up their own socks"
> in this regard.
> I am dubious about OSGeo trying to seed into countries
> without local
> advocates, but there are things we can do to help support
> locals who
> want promotional and training materials, and some
> introduction into
> international circles.
> Hopefully we can also provide an aura of deserved
> for our projects that will make it easier for decision
> makers to take
> them seriously.
> > OSGeo could also participate in dvelopment projects -
> > those small grants of GSDI, providing FOSS solutions,
> not mentioning
> > European FP7 projects addressing Africa. For know the
> quite steep learning
> > curve to get into FOSS4G is very often keeping the
> potential users away.
> There are things we can do, but to a large extent the
> benefits will go
> to those users who realize some investment in learning is
> > Is OSGeo targeting those users now? If you look onto
> the map of registered
> > members: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Category:OSGeo_Member, well,
> > everyone added himself to the map, but enyway, Africa,
> Asia and South
> > America look quite empty (-;
> There are things we are doing now, including holding FOSS4G
> in South
> Africa last year, and making an effort to involve
> geographically diverse
> folks in the charter membership and board. We have
> also been supportive
> (though perhaps we could be more so) of local chapters
> where they are
> established by local advocates.
> But, clearly we still have had only modest success getting
> folks in
> the developing world actively involved in the global OSGeo
> Best regards,
> I set the clouds in motion - turn up |
> Frank Warmerdam, warmerdam at pobox.com
> light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
> and watch the world go round - Rush |
> Geospatial Programmer for Rent
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