[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo in Belgium

Dirk Frigne dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Tue Mar 17 14:42:06 PDT 2015


Thanks for your reaction Gert-Jan,

Some people are indeed cross-border Open Source Geo, but many arn't.
To address these people, such a local chapter can be interesting to
learn them about the OSGeo solutions.

my2c
D.


On 17-03-15 22:07, Gert-Jan van der Weijden - Stichting OSGeo.nl wrote:
> Hi Dirk,
> 
> 
> To be honest, I am a bit ambiguous about this. 
> Recently I've seen several cross-border Open Source Geo (and OpenStreetMap)
> development: people from Holland visiting Belgian events, and people from
> Leuven, Mechelen and Antwerp crossing the border northbound. I encourage
> that very much, especially since it distinguishes us from the classical
> (mainly closed source) community. 
> 
> However, I can also understand the willingness to form a local (bi- or even
> tri-lingual?) Belgian OSGeo-chapter.
> I hope you can discuss this in the meeting to be held in Brussels.
> 
> I might even come over to Brussels. Not especially to persuade you to join
> us in a Dutch-speaking local chapter ;-)
> But mainly to discuss how we can co-operate to keep the best of both worlds:
> a local base, but still the willingness to look across (state-)borders. 
> After all, for that same reason 9 people from Holland took part at the
> recent German-speaking FOSSGIS-conference in M√ľnster ;-)
> 
> Keep us through this list informed when the Brussels meeting will be held!
> 
> 
> Greetings from "above the Moerdijk",
> 
> 
> Gert-Jan
> Chair of the dutch(-speaking) local chapter OSGeo.nl
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] Namens Jeff McKenna
> Verzonden: dinsdag 17 maart 2015 13:44
> Aan: discuss at lists.osgeo.org
> Onderwerp: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo in Belgium
> 
> Hi Dirk,
> 
> Wonderful idea, please include me in your updates for this chapter, as I
> like to follow along the progress.  Would this possible chapter be looking
> at getting involved in something like the "Open Belgium" 
> conference[1], with a geospatial track?
> 
> [1] http://2015.openbelgium.be/
> 
> -jeff
> 
> 
> 
> On 2015-03-17 6:47 AM, Dirk Frigne wrote:
>> Dear list,
>>
>> Following some contacts I had since FOSDEM 2015, I think there is some 
>> opportunity to start with a local chapter in Belgium.
>> There is already the .nl (dutch speaking chapter)[1] and the .fr 
>> (french speaking chapter)[2], but a local chapter has other benifits 
>> (bringing OSGeo closer to the local people).
>>
>> We want to organize a physical meeting with the local OSGeo people in 
>> Belgium to see if there is enough critical mass and interest to start 
>> with a local chapter.
>>
>> I also talked with Pieter Colpaert[3] in cc, active in the open 
>> knowledge foundation in Belgium. As they have already a legal non 
>> profit structure, where also the local chapter of OSM Belgium [4] has 
>> a place, we cooperate with this organisation and become also a working 
>> group under the umbrella of the open knowledge foundation.
>>
>> So 2 questions to the community:
>>
>> 1. Do you agree with the fact that we investigate how we can join 
>> forces with the open knowledge foundation Belgium to start up the 
>> Belgium chapter of OSGeo
>>
>> 2. Who is interested to Join a physical meeting in Brussels to find 
>> out if there is support for a OSGeo Belgium Chapter?
>> For this second question, you may mail me directly, so we don't over 
>> post this list.
>> I'll send out a doodle end of the week to the list, but will also 
>> include everybody showing interest.
>>
>> thanks in advance for your reaction,
>> Dirk
>>
>>
>> [1] http://osgeo.nl/
>> [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Francophone
>> [3] http://www.openknowledge.be/
>> [4] http://osm.be/
>>
> 
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