[Ottawa_users] OSGeo-Ottawa Involvement at Vision Geomatique 2014 Conference

richard burcher drownedfrog at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 05:40:21 PST 2014

Hi Folks,

I touched base last night with Daniel Morissette to get an update on the [1]
Vision Geomatique 2014 spatial event that is happening in Gatineau on Nov
11-13 2014. It is being put on by both the OSGeo-Quebec chapter + Vision
Geomatique. There was some talk with Daniel (Fabien/Regie/Christine/myself)
at the Ottawa LocationTech meetup last fall that the Ottawa OSGeo chapter
was quite interested in being involved.

This is going to be a great conference with its own open source/data track.
I'd like to see our chapter involved and am excited to get more involved
with the Quebec chapter.

Putting the email trail here for others to see what's happening. We'd love
your feedback/thoughts!

I will be bringing it up at the monthly meeting tonight.

[1] http://2014.visiongeomatique.com/

Excellent news! Thanks a lot for leading the charge.


On 14-01-22 8:32 PM, richard burcher wrote:
> Thanks for the update. I'm no longer the co-chair; that has fallen to
> Fabien and Javed. I want to see OSGeo Ottawa involved with this and will
> be bringing this up at our monthly meeting tomorrow evening. I feel
> pretty confident the rest of the Ottawa folks will be pretty pumped
> about this.
> Really like the idea of a single venue with track for open source/data.
> I'm pretty excited to see both Ottawa and Quebec OSGeo orgs come together!
> My upcoming actions will be to start a thread on Ottawa mailing list and
> copy this email over so more folks can see what's coming. I'll bring it
> up for discussion at tomorrow's meeting.
> Have a great night!
> On Jan 22, 2014 8:23 PM, "Daniel Morissette" <dmorissette at mapgears.com
> <mailto:dmorissette at mapgears.com>> wrote:
>     Okay, last time that I reply to myself, promised!
>     Tues-Wed of next week is Jan 28-29 of course (not 27-28)
>     On 14-01-22 8:19 PM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
>         Oh, and FYI Karine will be in Gatineau next week
>         (Tuesday-Wednesday Jan
>         27-28 if I remember correctly), in case you want to try to meet
>         face to
>         face.
>         Daniel
>         On 14-01-22 8:10 PM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
>             Oh, a few more details:
>             - I am a member of the Vision Geomatique organizing
>             committee since
>             2008, and am in charge of the open source/data part of the
>             program since
>             the 2010 edition, so I'll be the liaison between the main
>             committee and
>             the open source team if you join the game
>             - This is the 3rd time that OSGeo-Quebec works with the Vision
>             Geomatique committee this way, so don't worry too much, it
>             won't be too
>             stressful, we're kind of used to the process of working
>             together.
>             - In 2010 we had a separate 2 days event called "Rendez-vous
>             OSGeo-Qc"
>             that was held *before* Vision Geomatique, and Andrew was
>             present with
>             his team to record the talks. In 2012, we switched to a
>             single Vision
>             Geomatique event which included a dedicated room/track in
>             the program of
>             the main event for the Open Source / Open Data stuff, this
>             required less
>             management and planning and we had a packed room for the
>             full two days.
>             - For 2014 we are planning to repeat the same approach as
>             2012, with a
>             room dedicated to open source software/data for the full
>             duration of the
>             event... and it will be packed again!!! 
>             - Since we'll be in the Gatineau-Ottawa region, we're
>             planning for the
>             event to be bilingual across the board, from keynotes to
>             tech talks.
>             We'll try to have conferences in both French and English in
>             parallel in
>             the program at any given time, so people who are not
>             bilingual will
>             hopefully not feel any down times.
>             That's it for now I think...
>             On 14-01-22 7:57 PM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
>                 Hi Andrew, Richard, CC; Karine,
>                 First the introductions:
>                     - Andrew Ross, director of LocationTech (what is
>                 your exact title?)
>                     - Richard Burcher, chair of OSGeo-Ottawa (are you
>                 still the chair? I
>                 forgot)
>                     - Karine Jean, chair of the Vision Geomatique org
>                 committee
>                 I am sorry for not getting back to you sooner about the
>                 Vision
>                 Geomatique 2014 event that will be held in Gatineau on
>                 Nov 11-13 2014. I
>                 am in the middle of an office move, combined with
>                 wrapping fiscal year
>                 2013 for Mapgears and trying to keep up with normal work
>                 stuff and real
>                 life in parallel, so I'm a bit swamped.
>                 Anyway, this is a quick note to let you know that
>                 OSGeo-Quebec has
>                 confirmed its participation to the Vision Geomatique
>                 2014 organizing
>                 committee back in November, and we still want
>                 OSGeo-Ottawa and
>                 LocationTech to join us for the planning of the Open
>                 Source / Open Data
>                 aspects of the event.
>                 The plan that has been discussed so far with the
>                 committee is a
>                 dedicated room/track in the program for us to manage for
>                 the two main
>                 days of the event (Nov. 12-13). And it's up to us to
>                 decide if we want
>                 to organize something on the previous day, Nov 11,
>                 either training
>                 workshops, a hackfest, or other type of event related to
>                 open source
>                 software and open data.
>                 What do we need to make your involvement official?
>                 Please consider this
>                 email a formal invitation to join the party and discuss
>                 this invite with
>                 "your people". Once you confirm that you're in then we
>                 can make
>                 announcements, add your logo to the website, and start
>                 the planning more
>                 actively.
>                 My goal would be to share the planning of the open
>                 source stuff with you
>                 guys and all your ideas will be welcome.
>                 Cheers and looking forward to hear back from you
>     --
>     Daniel Morissette
>     http://www.mapgears.com/
>     Provider of Professional MapServer Support since 2000 

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