[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

Dan Little theduckylittle at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 08:16:40 PDT 2015

I'm actually a +1 for this.  Changing to "The OSGeo Conference" would
give the description right on the tin and ensure that OSGeo remains
more actively relevant in the minds of members and newbies approaching
the organization.

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM, Barry Rowlingson
<b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk> wrote:
> Okay, this is probably sticking a match under a pile of dry wood but
> here goes...
> Can we rename The FOSS4G Conference to The OSGeo Conference?
> Cons:
>  1. FOSS4G is an established brand
>  2. FOSS4G sidesteps the "Free" vs "Open Source" argument by including both.
> Counters to those:
>  1. Really? Perhaps amongst OSGeo people, but outside our sphere I
> have to expand the acronym and then go on to mention OSGeo.
>  2. Let's have that argument somewhere else, okay?
> Pros:
>  1. Puts the *Geo* visible, not tucked away as a G at the end.
>  2. Gets rid of the "4G", which may have been a cool thing 2 do ten
> years ago, but not now :)
>  3. Removes any confusion with 4G telecoms networks.
>  4. Clearly brands the conference as an OSGeo conference. Recent
> discussion about the prominence and significance of OSGeo to FOSS4G
> becomes moot.
>  5. Is easy to explain. The OSGeo Conference is the open source
> geospatial conference. See the OSGeo web site. Search for OSGeo. One
> acronym to remember.
> [I toyed with the idea that the conference should be called "OSGeo
> Live!" and renaming the OSGeo Live operating system disc as "OSGeoOS"
> but that might be a bit too much :)]
> So, this is the discuss list, discuss.
> Barry
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