[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sun Oct 11 16:00:39 PDT 2015

Hi Venka,

Your points about renaming OSGeo-Live to FOSS4G-Live are valid based on the
assumption that OSGeo only supports projects associated with OSGeo
Incubation. However I don't think that assumption is valid.

This email also deflects and doesn't address Barry's original suggestions
around simplifying and reinforcing the OSGeo message and brand.

OSGeo-Live promotes more than just projects associated with OSGeo
incubation, which is in line with the key message on the OSGeo Foundation

*"OSGeo was created to support the collaborative development of open source
geospatial software, and promote its widespread use."*

No limitation in that statement.

My key point is a pragmatic one. Both "OSGeo" and "FOSS4G" are good words,
and both have established brand recognition. However, having both dilutes
our communities' brand and makes it harder to market, which equates to
making it harder to attract new users.
Using the words "OSGeo Conference" and "OSGeo-Live" reinforces the OSGeo
brand, and the word "OSGeo" is slightly easier than "FOSS4G" to remember
and explain to people.

I suggest the OSGeo board invite the OSGeo charter members to vote on:

*Should future FOSS4G international conferences be called:*
*1. FOSS4G*
*2. OSGeo Conference*

** *

** *

If you need resources to help manage such a vote, I expect that the OSGeo
conference committee should be able to help with that.

Warm regards, Cameron Shorter

On Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 11:09 PM, Venkatesh Raghavan <
raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp> wrote:

> I think the OSGeo-Live project that you are leading can be safely
> (re)-named as
> FOSS4G-Live as it has a wonderful array of software projects that are not
> under the OSGeo umbrella as yet.
> Venka
> On 2015/10/08 5:08, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> +1 for "OSGeo conference".
>> Adding a perspective from someone who marketed FOSS4G 2009.
>> Creating a marketing message is all about minimising words used, because
>> "less words get read more".
>> When explaining FOSS4G to people outside our community you need to use:
>> "international conference for Free and Open Source Software for
>> GeoSpatial (FOSS4G), presented by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
>> (OSGeo)."
>> vs
>> "international Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) conference"
>> This is a good question to put to the charter members for a vote at some
>> point.
>> On 8/10/2015 1:39 am, Marc Peterson wrote:
>>> From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-
>>>> bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Barry Rowlingson
>>>> Yes, you and I and everyone *on this mailing list* knows
>>>> the difference and the relationship between OSGeo and FOSS4G. But
>>>> there are people out there in geospatial who don't know either.
>>> Emphatic +1
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Cameron Shorter
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