[FOSS4G-Oceania] full day workshops?

Martin Tomko tomkom at unimelb.edu.au
Mon Apr 29 22:23:40 PDT 2019

My 2c:

  *   Consider planning full day workshops so that the two half are bookable separately, as a beginner/advanced bit.

BUT, one main thing that most conferences do badly – the workshop chairs fail at moderating content and program., They just accept all. Often you end up with oversupply in one area, diluting the critical mass, and not enough offered in another. Workshop chairs should actively engage with the proposers if there are multiple workshops with close topics, so that they consider (not forced) to integrate, to provide a richer, better, more supported experience.

In my view, this was done better last year than at any other (academic) conference I ever attended ( and some presenter combined forces), but can be further improved on.


From: FOSS4G-Oceania <foss4g-oceania-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of adam steer <adam.d.steer at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 12:42 pm
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Subject: [FOSS4G-Oceania] full day workshops?

Hi all

Do you think we should offer full-day workshops at FOSS4G SotM Oceania in 2019?

This will require more cat herding around the call for workshops, and *might* introduce additional logistical issues on the day (depending on what full day workshops are on offer).

Full day workshops may also impact the number of different half day workshop presenters we can offer.

A mitigation there may be that ‘full day workshops are far more likely to be accepted if they are collaborations’ - ie people need to team up to deliver them, ideally from different institutions/regions/demographic cohorts.

On the other side of the coin, full day workshops might open up some really interesting / different work we just can’t fit into 3.5 hours.

Pricing would need to be undiscounted as the budget stands, ie one full day workshop price  == two half day workshops.

Slight apologies for the long form, better to show that there’s been some thought applied to logistics and impacts already.



Dr. Adam Steer
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