The article highlights Digifesto blog post - "FOSS4G2008 - Culture shock" which is shocking to me for a number of reasons. The main one stems from a representation of the OSGeo mission statement that I find troublesome.
Here is the actual mission statement:
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data.I would like to thank Sebastian for providing some of the only coverage to date on FOSS4G - the real standout blog post is this one - "Get Real". I spent some time in Africa and this post covers some the central problem of applying solutions, that are often Internet based, into an in appropriate context.
I join everyone in offering Paul Ramsey congradulations on getting this years Sol Katz Award.
Jesse Eichar was kind enough to send a Summary of Foss4G to the udig-devel mailing list. Word on the IRC channels is that FOSS4G was a success, everyone is still tired, and that blog posts will need to wait until a decent internet connection is found.
Welcome back to the internet OSGeo members - I missed you!
Thanks for your commentary and gentle criticism.
I'm sorry if I misrepresented OSGeo. I didn't mean to imply that "pissing of ESRI" was anything like its central goal. Obviously, OSGeo stands for much more than that.
In that commentI was referring to a comment Arnulf had made flippantly in a restaurant earlier in the week. In retrospect, it was obviously wrong to project that sentiment onto the entire organization.
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