[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Oct 15 09:39:11 PDT 2015

The foss4g brand has world wide recognition and is being used as great
outreach tool for several organizations (often based on the region). As an
organization we do not own the brand, and have obtained permission to use
it (as the polite thing to do).

One thing that is interesting is watching what the regional events put on
by local chapters are called. You can kind of see the effect of the brand
by which regions choose to mark their event "foss4g". I have personally set
up a "foss4g-au" event for example which was great fun for all involved.


Jody Garnett

On 6 October 2015 at 08:12, Barry Rowlingson <b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk>

> 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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