tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Wed May 10 22:53:31 EDT 2006
On Wednesday 10 May 2006 17:41, Gary Lang wrote:
> I see.
> Then BOFs are better.
At the conference in Minneapolis last summer, Ned and I pulled together a BOF.
It was very successful - we had about 30 45 people attend. The topic
was "Open Source for Natural Resource Management" - a bit of a niche, to
be sure, but it was a good example of how a BOF can work out.
Many good contacts were made, we started a mailing list to share
conference/speaking opportunities. One trick was to have a couple people
lined up to do some presenting.
If my memory serves me correctly, I did a bit of talking, Ned did as well, and
Steve Lime showed off some MapServer applications and Brent Wood showed us
some work he'd been doing with FOSS GIS. I can't recall, but I think maybe
Franck Martin also presented a bit on maps in Tikiwiki (or am I wishful
Regardless, the mini-presentations kick-started discussion and opened the
group to realise the bigger/common picture that we all shared. Other than
that, Ned and I just helped get the word out, find a couple speakers and
casually facilitate discussion. I suggest we run a BOF at Where in a similar
fashion. Especially if it means giving a couple more OSGeo projects an
opportunity to do a very short presentation about their tools (ones that
aren't on the larger agenda or wouldn't warrant a larger presentation).
Has anyone else ran one, or been at one, and can share their thoughts about
how it ran?
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