[OSGeo-Discuss] Thank you to Boston LOC

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Jul 4 09:25:22 PDT 2017

Charlie, thanks for sharing these excellent updates. Great work on setting the Academic track infrastructure for future FOSS4G events. 

I want to thank all the Boston LOC volunteers for their commitment and efforts over many months to make FOSS4G 2017 possible. The magic of FOSS4G is team work and volunteer efforts . Your volunteer efforts are inspiration for everyone and spreads energy to future teams.

Best wishes,


From: Discuss <discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Charlie Schweik <cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu>
Sent: 03 July 2017 4:04 PM
Cc: OSGeo Discussions; OSGeo Board
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] OSGeo is the host of FOSS4G not a guest

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 10:36 AM, Marc VLOEMANS <marcvloemans1 at gmail.com<mailto:marcvloemans1 at gmail.com>> wrote:

Let's keep the momentum, the mojo, the vibe and focus on the future!

Thanks Marc,

As an OSGeo Charter Member, a co-leader of GeoForAll, and OSGeo's education efforts, and someone in Massachusetts (but not really active with the BLOC), I couldn't help but say that I am seeing first-hand the efforts of the Boston LOC. FOSS4G 2017 Boston is going to be GREAT and the BLOC has been working like crazy to pull off a really terrific conference.

Turning to Marc's point of focusing on the future and his references to FOSS4G-NA-2018 and FOSS4G-2018...

I also wanted to let the community know about infrastructure we've built for FOSS4G 2017 that can be used by future FOSS4G conferences. I (along with two terrific and hardworking people -- Mohammed Zia and Andy Anderson) have been managing the FOSS4G 2017 Boston Academic Track and the peer-review review process for the papers and posters as we build the conference proceedings. We've set up a proceedings review and publishing system based on BePress Scholarworks that is paid for under my university's subscription (thanks to all reviewers!). It will cost OSGeo and future FOSS4G conference organizers nothing, and it has a very nice paper review system (like EasyChair, but again, no cost). Once the proceedings are published, the open access papers' metadata will be fed into many library databases for easy discovery. The proceedings will be stored at [1] but we will also create a full pdf version that will be published on the OSGeo Journal [2]. The OSgeo banner on [1] will be replaced with any new branding that might be coming. (I've kept Venka and Helena informed on this activity.)

The key point about the future:

If anyone who will be at FOSS4G Boston will be part of an organizing team for future FOSS4G regional or global conferences, please contact me so I can show the backend of the conference review and publishing system. It's a great resource that is now available for any future FOSS4G conference, at no cost.


Charlie Schweik

[1] http://scholarworks.umass.edu/foss4g/
[2] http://www.osgeo.org/journal

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