[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

Gert-Jan van der Weijden gert-jan at osgeo.nl
Tue Oct 6 08:48:36 PDT 2015

If FOSS4G is meant to be an event exclusively organized by OSGeo then  
a rebrand to to OSGeo conference makes perfect sense.
If -just as with FOSS4G-NA 2015- the conference is going to be a  
co-productin with one more other organisations (such as LocationTech  
then I'd keep the FOSS4G name.
To me this discussion is closely related to the discusison about the  
relationship/overlap between OSGeo and LocationTech.
How about putting this on the new Board's strategic agenda for the  
forthcoming year?



Randal Hale <rjhale at northrivergeographic.com> schreef:

> I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. I will bring some fuel  
> - diesel in honor of the largest car manufacturing plant near me  
> (Volkswagen)
> It would strengthen the brand of OSGEO with a conference named the  
> same. There seems to be a fairly large disconnect right now with the  
> FOSS4GNA conference and OSGEO. That needs to be much tighter.
> Although I'm a bit of a stickler with Free and Open Source - I like  
> the idea of going OS*Geo - *because that's what I do (at least in my  
> case) - I use GIS and I do it with free and open source tools.
> +11 on having to explain foss4g and then dragging osgeo into it.
> Lets go one step further and talk to the Geo4all folks into saying osgeo4all.
> Randy
> On 10/06/2015 11:12 AM, Barry Rowlingson 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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Gert-Jan van der Weijden
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