[Viscom-dev] [Fwd: Invitation to Propose a Workshop or Tutorial for GSDI 10]

Chris Holmes cholmes at openplans.org
Thu May 24 16:34:01 EDT 2007

I went two years ago, where I met Jeroen for the first time, and Allan 
was there as well.  In general the conference has a few concurrent 
sessions, where people present papers.  It's more academic/government - 
people actually write papers for one.  The first year we gave a paper on 
open source for SDI's which was decently received.

Last year we did the workshop, Jeroen and I applied, and then I think we 
joined up with Michael Gould and gvSig?  The workshop's a pretty sweet 
deal I believe (I wasn't there), it happens before the conference, and 
it's a great opportunity to educate people who don't know much about 
your stuff, and give some hands on demos.  The workshops are primarily 
for the sponsors who provide funds for the conference, so it's pretty 
nice that Harlan manages to get us an open source slot.

The angle to present is pretty basics, just showing off the capabilities 
of open source, get people to see that it's a reality and competitive 
with anyone else.  The audience isn't super advanced - I believe it 
tends to be a bit more government decision makers, a bit less the actual 
tech people.

Jeroen, you have any other insight?  Since you were actually there for 
the last one.


Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:
> It does sound promising - can anyone provide some experience from 
> previous events?  What happens, how does it work, what angle can we best 
> present?
> Tyler
> On 24-May-07, at 11:40 AM, Arnulf Christl wrote:
>> On Wed, May 23, 2007 11:48, Chris Holmes wrote:
>>> Anyone planning on going to GSDI-10?  I'm pretty confident we could get
>>> a workshop there.  I didn't go last year, but had a group of people who
>>> were going to go, so we organized it together.  There's a lot of
>>> government decision makers who go to this, it may not be a bad place to
>>> have some osgeo presence.  It's just way too far away for me to know if
>>> I'll personally be attending.
>> Hey,
>> same for me. But nonetheless we should apply for a workshop. I am very
>> sure that someone knowledgeable from around OSGeo will be there. And if
>> not I have the perfect excuse that I must go myself... ;-)
>> So my VisCom opinion is to apply and see later how to fill in the blanks.
>> Best regards,
>> Arnulf.
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject:     Invitation to Propose a Workshop or Tutorial for GSDI 10
>>> Date:     Wed, 23 May 2007 17:35:02 -0400
>>> From:     Harlan Onsrud <onsrud at spatial.maine.edu>
>>> To:     cholmes at openplans.org
>>> Dear Chris,
>>> GSDI 10 will be held in Trinidad 25-29 February 2008. See
>>> http://gsdi.org/gsdi10
>>> We are once again inviting proposals for the presentation of workshops
>>> on the first day of the conference. See
>>> http://gsdi.org/gsdi10/workshops.html
>>> Workshops this time will be offered under a slightly different
>>> arrangement that we hope will attract strong attendance. We are
>>> requesting workshop proposals by the end of this month so that people
>>> registering for the conference will be able to sign up for specific
>>> workshops in advance. In this manner instructors will know the number of
>>> people attending their workshops and have the contact information for
>>> their participants in advance.
>>> We highly encourage you to submit a workshop proposal. For reference,
>>> the description of the workshop you presented in Santiago in 2006 may be
>>> found at 
>>> http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi9/english/09_Act_Work_Sched.htm.
>>> Submit your proposal on or before 1 June 2007 to onsrud at gsdi.org with a
>>> copy to astevens at gsdi.org. If you submit, you should have a decision by
>>> the evaluation committee in early June.
>>> We look forward to hearing from you.
>>> *The GSDI 10 Local and Regional Organizing Committee*
>>> _Co-Chairs:_
>>> *Jacob Opadeyi*, Centre for GeoSpatial Studies, The University of the
>>> West Indies, Trinidad
>>> *Bheshem Ramlal*, Department of Surveying and Land Information, The
>>> University of the West Indies, Trinidad
>>> _Committee Members:*
>>> *_*Carol Ann Albury*, National GIS Coordinator, Office of the Prime
>>> Minister, Bahamas
>>> *Cecille Blake*, National GIS Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture and
>>> Lands, Jamaica
>>> *Santiago Borrero*, Secretary General, Pan American Institute of
>>> Geography and History
>>> *Tatiana Delgado Fernandez*, National Commission of the SDI of the
>>> Republic of Cuba
>>> *Desmond Dougall*, GISCAD, Trinidad
>>> *Tyrone Leong*, Director of Surveys, Surveying and Mapping Division,
>>> Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, Trinidad
>>> *Adolphus Ollivierre*, Lands and Surveys Department, St. Vincent and the
>>> Grenadines
>>> *Harold Wall*, GIS Officer, Ministry of Planning and Development, 
>>> Trinidad
>>> -- 
>>> Chris Holmes
>>> The Open Planning Project
>>> http://topp.openplans.org
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>> -- 
>> Arnulf Christl
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