[OSGeo-Discuss] Usage of 'FOSS4G' in webpages?

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Fri Oct 15 05:20:51 PDT 2010

My 2 cents...

I also always intended FOSS4G as the set of FOSS for gespatial applications.

So in my opinion FOSS4G == GFOSS == GeoFOSS, actually the conference 
name I thought came from that, a conference where people talk of sofware 
open source and free for the gesopatial world!


On 10/15/2010 01:36 PM, Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas wrote:
> On 15 October 2010 13:09, Just van den Broecke<just at justobjects.nl>  wrote:
>> Yes, IMO we need a term for the specific subdomain of FOSS we are all
>> involved in. I started using "FOSS4G" in presentations and with customers
>> lately as I understood (after consulting, I think with Arnulf) that would
>> cover it. The term "GFOSS" I see used sparingly (and there is also a "GFOSS
>> Conference" http://antonakoglou.com/2010/05/16/gfoss-conference-2010).
>> I really would like to see a single acronym (so my family&  friends can
>> Google on what I am working in :-)). FOSS4G/GFOSS/GeoFOSS/GOSS are
>> candidates. Something with "GIS" (have seen OSGIS, FOSSGIS, OpenGIS) seems
>> to be indicating "privative" (closed) software but is understood by a wider
>> audience. (As is Open Source over FOSS but that was already a heated
>> debate..).
>> Suggestion: have a poll and settle on an acronym and spread it ?
>> best,
>> --Just
> I've been using FOSS4G as "FOSS for geospatial" for years and never
> had to explain "this has nothing to be with the great conference".


Dr. Eng. Massimiliano Cannata
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