[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

María Arias de Reyna delawen+osgeo at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 08:20:58 PDT 2015

Hi Barry,

No, please no!! FOSS4G is easy to pronounce in several languages, includes
the word Free and is the name of the conference. OsGeo is ¿"just"? the
organization behind it.

I think it will make even more sense to change OSGeo to FOSGeo.

Comments inline.

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 5:12 PM, 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?

What argument? Why? If you are thinking about the free/open argument,
that's something we *should* make clear before the "openess" eats us.

> 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.

For this we just have to wait until the 5G generation.

>  4. Clearly brands the conference as an OSGeo conference. Recent
> discussion about the prominence and significance of OSGeo to FOSS4G
> becomes moot.

If OSGeo becomes irrelevant to FOSS4G it will be because FOSS4G has evolved
to something better. What would be the problem in that? Give space to
things so they can evolve...

>  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.

And then when we talk about OSGeo it may become confusing if we are
referring to the conference or to the organization.

> [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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