[Live-demo] Re: How can we make the OSGeo-Live presentation more compelling?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 15:03:06 PDT 2012

A proposed talk on OSGeo-Live was not ranked high enough to be included 
in the FOSS4G-NA line up.
I'd be interested to hear suggestions on what we can do to ensure this 
presentation is ranked higher.

I personally think that the OSGeo-Live DVD and accompanying presentation 
is hugely valuable, especially for new users to Geospatial Open Source. 
(At FOSS4G 2009, for which I have metrics, I'd classify half the 
attendees as new users). But it is very likely that I'm biased.

What can we do to make the OSGeo-Live presentation more attractive?
* Are there ways in which we can improve the presentation?
* Should we spice up the abstract?
* Should we encourage the non-technical silent majority to vote on 

Here is Paul's feedback from the FOSS4G-NA ranking process:

On 20/03/12 04:22, Paul Ramsey wrote:

> ... about 22% of rankers expressed interest, and at the
> cutoff level (rank 51) 25% expressed interest, so not much difference
> there, but significant difference in high level of interest, only 33%
> ranked it as a '2' instead of a '1' and most talks floated around a
> 50% high interest level.
> P.

And Alex's proposed abstract:

On 20/03/2012 6:14 PM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> Here's the abstract I based on Cameron's but attempted to gear it
> towards the expected audience of gov/ngo participants at FOSS4G NA - ie
> people newer to the OSGeo realm, though I did also put a twist in that
> established projects/vendors could use it to market themselves. Can't
> recall which title I used (probably the 3rd).
On 20/03/2012 6:14 PM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> abstract2012.txt
> Foss4g NA 2012 Abstract
> OSGeo-Live: a tool for demos, training, testing and deploying
> OSGeo-Live: a tool to learn and teach open source geospatial
> OSGeo-Live: a tool for promoting, teaching, training, testing and deploying open source geospatial software
> keywords:
> osgeo-live, demo, training, testing, bootable, desktop, server
> Short
> ----
> Want to learn how to leverage OSGeo-Live for your organization? Come hear about current applications included in OSGeo-Live and ways to use it for training, demonstration, outreach, and as a platform to deploy desktops and servers with open source geospatial software.
> Full Length
> ----
> This presentation provides a lightning overview of the breadth of quality geospatial open source applications, which are available for the full range of geospatial use-cases, including storage, publishing, viewing, analysis and manipulation of data.
> In addition to covering the contents of OSGeo-live, the talk will outline several common use-cases based on existing deployments, an overview of the community and the future possibilities of the project.
> OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine, based on Xubuntu, which includes close to 50 of the best geospatial open source applications pre-configured with data, project overviews and quick-starts,  and translations into multiple languages. It is an excellent tool for demonstrating geospatial open source, in tutorials and workshops, or as a test product for potential new users.
> ----

I've previously created a generic version of the abstract here:

Cameron Shorter
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