[Live-demo] Fwd: Upcoming activities and OSGeo live disk

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 18:21:11 PDT 2012

osgeo-live developers,

It is always nice to hear positive stories about OSGeo-Live and how 
people wish to make use of it.
I'm forwarding on this email from Mark Lucus, with his permission.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Upcoming activities and OSGeo live disk
Date: 	Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:07:23 -0400
From: 	Mark Lucas
To: 	Cameron Shorter
CC: 	Phil Bogden, John Scott


I've been admiring your work from afar for some time.  At the recent f2f 
board meeting we all agreed that the OSGeo Live disk was probably the 
most critical project out there.  It takes us beyond the experienced 
developers and connects us with new users.  Everyone was excited about 
OSGeo4W as many large corporations and government agencies are heavily 
invested in that OS.

I wanted to make you aware that Phil, John and I have been actively 
involved in some fairly high profile US government projects where we 
plan to expose your excellent work:

NGA IOST - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Innovision Open 
Source Technology -  Goal is to introduce open source software 
technology into the agency.  Phil is leading this, we have already 
exposed several server side technologies, we hope to introduce desktop 
clients shortly (Windows is their installed platform)

DSI - One of the several related projects for NGA is the Disaster 
Support Initiative.  The plan is to make data and software available on 
Amazon Web Services to prepare for and support international disasters 
and collaboration.

USDI - (Department of Defense) - We will probably start this effort in 
April.  The goal is to show what we can provide in an open source suite 
that would overlay the current and future plans for the 
military/intelligence community.  They are currently investing in very 
large programs in each branch of the military and intelligence community 
with proprietary solutions (esri, oracle, socket set, web logic, etc). 
  Our focus is to develop related technology that is open and shareable 
with international forces and agencies.  John Scott will be leading this 

As we evolve this over the next year we want to demonstrate 
international collaboration beginning with the coalition forces (US, 
Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand) as a start.

As an OSGeo board member, I want to focus as much attention and 
resources as possible on the OSGeo.  It is a logical place to go as 
these agencies learn and begin to use OSS.

Wanted to make you aware and thank you for all of the hard work that you 
have put into the organization and the OSGeo Live Disk effort.  We'll 
keep you in the loop as we move forward.

We are busy organizing foss4g-na (April 10,12 - Washington).  It appears 
we will max out the venue at 400 people.  I'll check with the OpenGeo 
guys, but was thinking about running off about 500 of the OSGeo Live 5.5 
disks.  Other than live.osgeo.org <http://live.osgeo.org>, any pointers 
to labels, duplication providers, etc that you might be able to point me at?

Hope to connect with you in the near future.



Mark Lucas
Principal Scientist

516 E New Haven Avenue
Melbourne Fl 32901

(321) 266 1475 (cell)
(321) 473-4309 (office)

mlucas at radiantblue.com <mailto:mlucas at radiantblue.com>


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