[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] OSGeo Board Priorities

Jachym Cepicky jachym.cepicky at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 01:59:14 PST 2013


I fully agree, that the costs for individuals or small company are very
heigh. I'm aware, you were mentioning this issue already. Since I know,
FOSS4G-Global is the main source of income to OSGeo, I did not raise any
obligation so far - I have no clue, how to organize this better for the

Paolo's idea sounds not bad: having some kind of scholarship program,
where we could allocate some money for people who can not come but it's
valuable to have them there.

Do we have some "priorities" for FOSS4G as well? In general, when I'm
discussing this topic with people, general feelings are, that
FOSS4G-Global is very developer-oriented meeting, compared e.g. to
FOSSGIS (German local conference), which would be more user or business
oriented (correct me if I'm wrong, it is a while, I was there).

Having priorities of the FOSS4G-global could also point us the the
answer, whether we should financially support developers to come or not.


Dne 4.3.2013 08:33, Paolo Cavallini napsal(a):
> Il 04/03/2013 00:44, Cameron Shorter ha scritto:
>> A productive virtual meeting of the OSGeo Board
>> <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2013-02-26> resulted in general consensus
>> over OSGeo's priorities, which in turn should help the OSGeo Board and OSGeo
>> committees when guiding OSGeo into the future.
>> These principles are:
>>   * OSGeo should act as a low capital, volunteer focused organisation.
>>   * OSGeo should focus support on OSGeo communities and initiatives which support
>>     themselves.
> Hi all.
> Thanks for this. I welcome this change, that I think will make OSGeo much more
> effective in promoting free and open source geospatial software.
> On the other hand, I still have problems with annual FOSS4G, which has a cost that
> scares away many top developers. IMHO (sorry to insist, I raised this point earlier)
> the meeting should be free for developers (committers to OSGeo projects), and more
> expensive for businessman. The net cash flow should be from business to GFOSS
> promotion, not drawing from our precious developers.
> All the best.
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Jachym Cepicky
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