[VisCom] BOF ideas

Michael P. Gerlek mpg at lizardtech.com
Mon May 15 18:17:24 EDT 2006

I've sketched out an agenda along these lines on the Wiki:



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> From: Tyler Mitchell [mailto:tylermitchell at shaw.ca] 
> Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 7:54 PM
> To: dev at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org
> Subject: [VisCom] BOF ideas
> 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 
> remembering?).
> 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?
> Tyler
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