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

Just van den Broecke just at justobjects.nl
Sun Oct 17 23:51:17 PDT 2010

Hi Simon &  others commenting on a suitable acronym,

 From the initial responses and also from the Japanese chapter mails 
inbetween, "FOSS4G" seemed to be slightly favoured and already in use, 
so why not use that term ? best,

On 17-10-10 05:35, Simon Cropper wrote:
> Hi Just&  others commenting on a suitable acronym,
> On Friday 15 October 2010 10:09:24 pm Just van den Broecke 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
> Although some have suggested using FOSS4G, I have found that this seems now to
> be intrinsically linked to the conference - for better or worse.
> My current working title is using fosGIS, i.e. Free&  Open Source Geographical
> Information Systems. The term meant to target the use of software for the
> analysis of geospatial data. (note the second 's' in foss is redundant as GIS
> defines the term accordingly). I have styled the text so the 'fos' is
> lowercase, italics and slightly raised (see attachement).
> For the record, my tutorial collection will be named...
> "The fosGIS Workflow Guide - A guide to the use of FOSS to view, edit, create,
> analyse and map geospatial data" (c) Simon Cropper 2010 CC-BY 3.0 Australia
> Anyone have a problem with this?
> I know it is all encompassing but that's the aim. Although I will be focussing
> primarily on gvSIG, I am also intending to reproduce tasks in other software
> packages. I hope also that others will contribute either through translations
> or new contributions or regional derivatives.
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