Friday, 4 August 2017

FOSS4G Europe 2017

Enjoyed attending FOSS4G Europe, great chance to catch up with the OSGeo board for a productive face to face meeting and appreciate the vibrant community in Europe first-hand.

Thanks to the organizers for a great event. I really appreciated the chance to promote open source and share the work being done for the new OSGeo website:

There were many thoughtful talks, Ivan providing wisdom on Love, to an exhubrent Jeff McKenna speaking on the foss4g family.

I had three highlights to share:

  • Catching up with Marc Vloemans and seeing the community enjoying the new branding that everyone has worked so hard on.
  • The code sprint where the enthusiasm was brought into action: with Nicolas Roelandt stepping in to help on content collection forms when I was getting overwhelmed, along with Astrid, Luca, Venka taking on review of the printed materials.
  • Having a chance to work through design decisions with Andrea and outline the relationship between JAI-EXT project and the Raster Processing Engine. 

Thanks to Boundless for giving me an opportunity attend and speak at this community event.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

How FOSS4G North America Works

This was the second foss4g-na done as a joint Open Source Geospatial Foundation and LocationTech event. As a member of both organizations a lot of my time at the conference was spent fielding questions on how this collaboration takes shape. I was not always able to give a clear answer, as I tend to focus more on the individuals than the process.

There is of course a document with the details. The quick answer a "core committee" starts the ball rolling. The "core committee" is responsible for sorting out a venue, selecting a logistical organizer and electing a conference chair. This is where the collaboration comes in as the "core committee" is made up of an OSGeo representative (Marc Lucas),  LocationTech representative (Jim Hughes) along with three prior conference chairs (for continuity).

The "core committee" selects a venue by RFP, inviting venues to respond, shortlisting results, and reviewing the top locations reviewed in person. This year it was a tight race between a bid from Philadelphia (which ended up being too small) and from Raleigh, where the event was held.

The final question is who runs the event? This time it is a conference committee, headed up by Andrea Ross who was elected conference chair. Responsibilities were divided up with Andrea rounding up all the behind the scenes work as producer (made exciting by responding to HB2). Rob Emanuele acted as program chair pulling together public feedback, balancing the program and the all important scheduling. Sarah Cordivano volunteered as community chair leading the proceedings as spokesperson for the event.

A big thanks to the organizers of FOSS4G-NA 2016 for your hard work, and thank you for the great event!