[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board-fr] Free GIS Day November 6, 2014 OSGéo - IGEAT (ULB) ­ Brussels (Belgium)

Johan Van de Wauw johan.vandewauw at gmail.com
Wed Sep 3 00:06:20 PDT 2014


Thanks for raising the issue. Belgium is indeed a complicated country
[1]. I have two feelings on this:
1) I'm really happy this event is organised in Brussels and I believe
it supports the goals of OSGeo.
2) Rather than having a problem with the fact that the event is only
in French, I think an event called FOSS4G-* or OSGeo-* should give
opportunity to local OSGeo contributors to participate, eg by having a
call for papers/workshops. These type of local events are one of the
few opportunities individuals/companies contributing to OSGeo have to
reach out to (potential) customers.

Feeling 1 is bigger than feeling 2 for me, so I support the name this
time, but I think we should definitely sit together after the event,
to make sure that if a next event  is organised we can do so jointly.

Actually, I think we should form a local Belgian chapter. For me being
part of the Dutch (language) chapter does not make sense that much.
Many/Most of our users/clients are either Bilingual or French. They
are much more likely to attend an event in Brussels than in the
Netherlands/France. And people can still choose to join a language
chapter if they prefer that.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ceg6NQKHd70

On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:40 AM,  <b.j.kobben at utwente.nl> wrote:
> Nasty question from a Dutch (Netherlands) member of OSGEO.nl: Have you
> consulted the Flemish OSGEO community about claiming the .be (=Belgium)
> suffix for a French/Wallonic speaking event...?
> Sorry, but I feel it has to be asked...
> Barend
> --
> Barend Köbben
> Senior Lecturer ­ ITC-University of Twente
> PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)
> @barendkobben
> On 01-09-2014 17:16, "Vincent Picavet" <vincent.ml at oslandia.com> wrote:
>>Hello all,
>>As far as OSGeo-fr is concerned, we have been consulted and are happy to
>>that event taking shape. We will support the event as much as we can.
>>Le lundi 1 septembre 2014 17:57:58, Maelle Vercauteren a écrit :
>>> Dear,
>>> I am contacting you about the potential use of the name ³FOSS4G-Be² and
>>> about the participation of OSGeo-fr for a future freeGIS day in Belgium
>>> (Website and Event):
>>> We want to organize a French OSGeo event (the so called FOSS4G-Be) in
>>> November 2014, in relation with the GIS courses and masterclass held at
>>> Université Libre de Bruxelles, IGEAT research Unit:
>>> It will be a one day event. There will be a selection of plenary
>>> communication related to free SIG use in public or private environment
>>> 2 or 3 practical workshops.
>>> This event will cover the following 3 topics:
>>> 1) FOSS4G tools/software: Establishment/creation or storage of
>>> infrastructure and web sharing of spatial data
>>> 2) Data & Services: Presentation on the freely available data and
>>> 3) Applications: use of Open GIS (also with guest speakers from the
>>> Would you be willing to support us and work together on this project and
>>> could we use the name ³FOSS4G-Be²?
>>> Could the event be co-organized by the ULB and OSGeo-fr?
>>> If so, it would be nice to have an OSGeo-fr stand with a representative
>>> the association and of its activities (as well as a plenary
>>>presentation if
>>> you are interested in).
>>> Feel free to contact me if you have questions or if you would like to
>>> your suggestions.
>>> Thank you in advance for your reply,
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Maë//e
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