[OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

Lorenzo Becchi lorenzo at ominiverdi.com
Thu Oct 8 01:21:20 PDT 2009

+1 for the Free GIS Book, still lacking development but with a lot of


2009/10/6 Landon Blake <lblake at ksninc.com>

> I'm interested in working with professional associations for land
> surveyors. I would want to start with my local state association, of course.
> I'm not sure how much interest there is in this type of cross-organization
> collaboration.
> Landon
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:
> discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Maxim Dubinin
> Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 9:50 AM
> To: OSGeo Discussions
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo
> Hi
> Local OSGeo chapters are great, but how about existing non-OSGeo groups?
> Does OSGeo have a strategy to
> build communication with them?
> Maxim
> Вы писали 30 сентября 2009 г., 11:03:35:
> >> where the cost of software licenses is far to high for the
> >> 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.
> FW> I am a big believer in folks "pulling up their own socks" in this
> regard.
> FW> I am dubious about OSGeo trying to seed into countries without local
> FW> advocates, but there are things we can do to help support locals who
> FW> want promotional and training materials, and some introduction into
> FW> international circles.
> FW> Hopefully we can also provide an aura of deserved respectability
> FW> for our projects that will make it easier for decision makers to take
> FW> them seriously.
>  >> OSGeo could also participate in dvelopment projects - like
> >> 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.
> FW> There are things we can do, but to a large extent the benefits will go
> FW> to those users who realize some investment in learning is worthwhile.
> >> Is OSGeo targeting those users now? If you look onto the map of
> registered
> >> members: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Category:OSGeo_Member, well, not
> >> everyone added himself to the map, but enyway, Africa, Asia and South
> >> America look quite empty (-;
> FW> There are things we are doing now, including holding FOSS4G in South
> FW> Africa last year, and making an effort to involve geographically
> diverse
> FW> folks in the charter membership and board.  We have also been
> supportive
> FW> (though perhaps we could be more so) of local chapters where they are
> FW> established by local advocates.
> FW> But, clearly we still have had only modest success getting folks in
> FW> the developing world actively involved in the global OSGeo activities.
> FW> Best regards,
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