[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G
dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Tue Oct 13 01:07:45 PDT 2015
OSGeo is The organisation to support the collaborative development of
open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. 
To promote its widespread use OSGeo started, amongst other things, to
organise a yearly conference. Today, there is the global conference, and
a lot of local conferences, almost every month, somewhere in the world.
FOSS4G is the name of The OSGeo Conference.
FOSS4G is an *important* brand of OSGeo.
Local conferences have derived names like FOSS4G Europe, FOSS4G North
America, FOSS4G.be, FOSSGIS ...
On 13-10-15 09:48, Hans Gregers Petersen wrote:
> Hi Jeff, all,
>> Thanks Mori-san, I fully agree with you, there is no need to rename anything. Instead, there is lots to do to continue promoting OSGeo and FOSS4G :)
> I might have another perspective - seen from the (at least the Danish)
> commercial side of things. When attending a conference, the value
> would often be assessed by looking at the name of the conference.
> Let us for instance say that the big fictive geospatial company,
> "FTSJ", hosts an "FTSJ conference". You would attend if you are a
> client of FTSJ. Let us then say that FTSJ only has a byline in the:
> "'The Fabulous Geo Conference' *cough cough* brought to you by FTSJ".
> Then FTSJ is not the subject of the conference, but the host. People
> using the competing products of InfoMap or even the free and open
> alternative Minor GIS would be more likely to attend. Because it is
> not an FTSJ-conference, it is a fabulous conference on geo!
> I think that to (at least Danish) executives, and especially in public
> admin, FOSS4G sounds better than the "annual conference of some
> organization that I am not even a member of".
> No one is in doubt that it is an OSGeo hosted conference, and even if
> they were - only the blind and deaf would not see or hear that it is
> during the conference itself.
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