[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] OSGeo is the host of FOSS4G not a guest

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Sun Jul 2 09:16:02 PDT 2017

Dear Michael,
Your answer clarifies that OSGeo has not paid for being listed as sponsor.

This doesn't change my idea that OSGeo shouldn't be listed as a sponsor an

I renew my request to the board for removing OSGeo from that list and from
any material listing OSGeo together (at the same level and/or same list of

That's because the marketing message it brings is clearly undesired and not
respectful of the true.

As I said, I just noticed this yesterday otherwise I would have talked
before ;-)
but this doesn't change anything..

Finally, to be clear, this has nothing personal with the organisers and I
understood the positive willing to give more visibility to OSGeo. I also
recognize publicly the great work the Boston team is doing but this is
simply wrong.


Il 02 lug 2017 3:21 PM, "Michael Terner" <mgt at appgeo.com> ha scritto:

I think you may misunderstand what is going on:

   1. YES, OSGeo is *hosting* FOSS4G. Our opening block on the website
   <http://2017.foss4g.org/> *also *says "Presented by OSGeo" (using
   language requested by OSGeo and the OSGeo logo).
   2. OSGeo did *not* pay anything for the Gold sponsorship. It was
   provided as an "in kind" privilege respecting the "advance" (see $'s and
   risk coverage) that was provided, which *is* materially very valuable.
   We have a couple of other "in kind" sponsors including Harvard University
   which is providing workshop space, and District Hall which provided a deep
   discount on our use of their space for the Code Sprint, and other things.
   3. We described adding OSGeo as a Gold Sponsor in our proposal for
   hosting FOSS4G that was delivered to Conference Dev. This was a convenient
   and useful way for us to provide OSGeo things like a booth, and free passes
   which are sponsor privileges.

Obviously, this is OSGeo's call and we will do what the Board wishes, but
this is neither new (you were on the website as a Gold Sponsor as soon as
the sponsor page went up), nor unplanned and was conveyed to OSGeo in our
proposal 20 months ago. Also obviously, we think it makes sense and is

I hope this helps explain things...


On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 4:22 AM, Massimiliano Cannata <
massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch> wrote:

> Dear community and board members,
> Today I found out that OSGeo is a a SPONSOR of the FOSS4G-2017 Boston
> conference.
> This is disappointing me !
> At least for two reasons:
> 1- foss4g is the OSGeo's conference, so OSGeo is the host not a guest
> (have you ever seen AGU sponsoring it's annual event?)
> 2- OSGeo is already providing seed and risk exposure money so it shouldn't
> need to pay for get exposure or being listed in the sponsor page.
> So, as an OSGeo charter member, I formally ask the board to remove OSGeo
> from the sponsor list !
> Regards
> Maxi
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