[GRASS-PSC] GRASS Community Sprint 2013 - email for possible sponsors

Margherita Di Leo diregola at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 01:34:39 PST 2013

Dear Members of the PSC,

since the GRASS Community Sprint is approaching, I've been asked by Luca
Delucchi, who is in charge to collect the donations for the event, to
prepare an e-mail to be sent to the main companies that make extensive use
of GRASS for their work (he is currently listing their email addresses) in
order to ask whether they would be willing to sponsor the event. We thought
that such email should be sent on behalf of PSC by one member (I could do
that if it's OK for you). Please find below the content of the email we are
proposing to send and please feel free to propose any modification.


The GRASS GIS team will organize a GRASS Developer and Power User Meeting,
aka 'GRASS Community Sprint' from 2-7 Feb, 2013 [1]. The Community Sprint
is a get-together for GRASS project members and supporters and related
OSGeo projects to make decisions and tackle larger problems. For this
meeting, we welcome people committed to improving the GRASS GIS project and
the interfaces to QGIS, GDAL, PostGIS, R statistics, Sextante, gvSIG, OGC
Services (esp. WPS) and more. This includes developers, documenters, bug
reporters, translators and others.

The outcomes of past editions include wxGUI bugfixing, GRASS 7 time series
and 4D data management, translations, implementation of new modules and
lots of bughunting, testing, and bugfixing. For interoperability, the new
QGIS-Sextante-GRASS interface was completely overhault and updated.
Developers also had discussions on broad topics like GRASS GIS usage mobile
devices, creation of a visual guide to GRASS GIS usage and much more. See
[2,3] for details.

The third GRASS Community Sprint is a great occasion for you to support the
development of GRASS. With your contribution you'll enable more developers
to meet. The Community Sprint is an important opportunity for the GRASS
developers to discuss and collaboratively resolve bugs, plan the direction
for the project and work on new features. Developers and contributors are
donating their valuable time, so it would be great if in-kind funding can
be made available from within the community to cover out-of-pocket
expenses. All of the work that takes place at the community sprint will be
directly contributed back into the GRASS project to the benefit of everyone
who uses it.

This year the Italian OSGeo Local Chapter (GFOSS.it [4]) is in charge of
gathering all the donations. Donations should be addressed to:

"Associazione Italiana per l'Informazione Geografica Libera"

Details of bank account:

IBAN: IT32J0335901600100000015079
BANCA PROSSIMA S.P.A. Via Verdi Ang. Via Manzoni - 20121 Milano

Any further question about donations should be addressed to Luca Delucchi
<lucadeluge at gmail.com>

On behalf of the GRASS Community I would like to thank you in advance and
to wish you happy new year.

Best regards

Margherita Di Leo
for the GRASS PSC

[1] http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GRASS_Community_Sprint_Genova_2013
[2] http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GRASS_Community_Sprint_Prague_2012
[3] http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GRASS_Community_Sprint_Prague_2011
[4] http://www.gfoss.it/drupal/


Margherita DI LEO
Postdoctoral Researcher

European Commission - DG JRC
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES). Unit H03 – FRC
Via Fermi, 2749
I-21027 Ispra (VA) - Italy - TP 261

Tel. +39 0332 78 3600
margherita.di-leo at jrc.ec.europa.eu

Disclaimer: The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not
in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the
European Commission.
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