[Foss4g2008loc] Feedback from GISSA National Council meeting on 4Oct

Paul Ramsey pramsey at refractions.net
Wed Oct 10 17:33:48 EDT 2007

I was thinking initially that we should set aside X% of the presentation 
room for the standard GISSA talks.  But perhaps a more elegant solution 
is just to use the same presentation community ranking approach for 2008 
as we used for 2007 and let the most interesting talks float the the 
surface. As a technologist, there are lots of interesting things being 
done in the proprietary world that I would love to hear about...


Perhaps this is

Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Jeff McKenna wrote:
>> Question: how do we accept abstracts for presentations and/or
>> workshops for our "FOSS4G" conference that do not contain any
>> reference to FOSS?  Maybe I am misreading your "blending proprietary
>> and FOSS talks" idea.  I personally think that PaulR and the 2007
>> committee successfully showed the community how proprietary and FOSS
>> can work together in the geospatial world.  And if education is the
>> key for the 2008 conference, surely accepting non-FOSS presentations
>> and workshops will not help in educating the SA area in FOSS.  Please
>> clarify.
> Jeff,
> I think we need to accept that "FOSS4G 2008 with GISSA 2008" will include
> proprietary content, and that unlike previous years it will not be
> exclusively oriented to FOSS.  In future RFPs I think we need to consider
> whether we like this model, and ensure that we understand how much
> message/content control we (as OSGeo) will have over the conference.
> But the proposal did (I think) make it clear this would also be the GISSA
> 2008 conference, so we need to let GISSA do their part of it their way.
> In Victoria we did discuss a need to identify talks that are strictly
> proprietary though this still leaves me confused since many talks will
> fall into a middle ground where they involved proprietary and FOSS or
> even where the software packages and their licensing are not germaine.
> Best regards,


   Paul Ramsey
   Refractions Research
   pramsey at refractions.net
   Phone: 250-383-3022
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