[OSGeo-Discuss] Costly FOSS4Gs

Sanghee Shin shshin at gaia3d.com
Tue Oct 17 23:59:49 PDT 2017

Hello Ravi, 

Here are my answers to your questions. 

1. To run international FOSS4G we need much money as described by many
2. We have only 2 revenue sources from international FOSS4G to meet the running cost, one is from registration, the other is from sponsors. 
3. Now we want to have more affordable registration fee. And then we need to increase sponsorships. 
4. Many sponsors are commercial companies, sometimes from government bodies. 
5. To increase sponsorships from companies, I believe we need to make international FOSS4G more business friendly to ensure our sponsors that they are getting benefits from their sponsoring/investments. 

I can share interesting story here in Korea. Korean R user group will have their annual conference( https://onoffmix.com/event/115611 ) 10 days later. Actually there was some registration fee for the conference. However it’s now free for online pre-registration because of large sponsorship from Microsoft Korea. Yes, from MS!

Kind regards, 
Shin, Sanghee
Gaia3D, Inc. - The GeoSpatial Company

보낸 사람: Ravi Kumar
보낸 날짜: 2017년 10월 18일 수요일 오후 2:57
받는 사람: discuss
제목: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Costly FOSS4Gs

GFOSS.. Commercial Support.. +1 for this.
But.. now that this has come to a boil..
'Free and Open Source'.. has brought to where we are.. This is a community effort.
Is there a solution to OSGeo FOSS4G events, that are affordable to Users/Developers/Students..
Ravi Kumar

On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Tom Chadwin <tom.chadwin at nnpa.org.uk> wrote:
Hello all

A significant group who have possibly not yet chimed in on this issue are the commercial organizations who sell GFOSS support and development. I presume that FOSS4G is one of their best opportunities to get new business.

I know there have been recent discussions/disagreements on this list about how far OSGeo should promote commercial organizations. However, these companies are the crucial element in GFOSS adoption in many larger public- and private-sector bodies. Many simply will not entertain GFOSS without commercial support, many believe the old myth that open source means no support, and many simply will not accept the risk of GFOSS without that support.

My point is that GFOSS would not have anything like the market penetration it now does without commercial companies offering open-source support and development. As I say, I stand to be corrected, but FOSS4G surely enables them to persuade others to migrate to GFOSS, which is to the whole community's benefit.



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