[OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Thu Oct 15 10:14:26 PDT 2015

My 0.01 cent,
actually I don't think we have obtained permission to use it... as nobody
own it.
...OSGeo is the expression of FOSS4G, like the PSC of a project is the
expression of the project community...
Exactly like QGIS look for creating a legal body foss4g did it in the past
with OSGeo, a federation foundation for all FOSS4G communities.


2015-10-15 18:39 GMT+02:00 Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com>:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Jody
> --
> Jody Garnett
> On 6 October 2015 at 08:12, 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?
>> 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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