RE: [VisCom] Where 2.0 promotional opportunities

I see.

Then BOFs are better.

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael P. Gerlek []
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 4:32 PM
To: Gary Lang; Peter Moran;
Subject: RE: [VisCom] Where 2.0 promotional opportunities

The Suite is paid for, but as Chris pointed out the Hospitality part
presumably isn't...


-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Lang []
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 4:30 PM
To: Peter Moran;; Michael P. Gerlek
Subject: RE: [VisCom] Where 2.0 promotional opportunities

Yes, it's a bit too much like Animal Farm for OSGeo to have a
Hospitality Suite.

OTOH, it's paid for right?

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Moran
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 4:12 PM
To: ''; 'Michael P. Gerlek'
Cc: Gary Lang
Subject: RE: [VisCom] Where 2.0 promotional opportunities

An informal birds of feather gathering also strikes me as far more
appropriate for OSGeo.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Holmes []
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 1:06 PM
To: Michael P. Gerlek
Cc:; Gary Lang
Subject: Re: [VisCom] Where 2.0 promotional opportunities

>>12. Opportunity to host reception at Fairmont Hotel
> +0, how would this be different from the putative BOF?

Probably just that you get the honor of buying the beer for everyone,
instead of just having them bring their own? :wink:

I think a BOF would be more fun, and would accomplish the same thing,
but in a more grass roots kind of way.

I agree with all the other points of mpg...


> -mpg

Chris Holmes
The Open Planning Project

On Wednesday 10 May 2006 17:41, Gary Lang wrote:

I see.

Then BOFs are better.

At the conference in Minneapolis last summer, Ned and I pulled together a BOF.
It was very successful - we had about 30 45 people attend. The topic
was "Open Source for Natural Resource Management" - a bit of a niche, to
be sure, but it was a good example of how a BOF can work out.

Many good contacts were made, we started a mailing list to share
conference/speaking opportunities. One trick was to have a couple people
lined up to do some presenting.

If my memory serves me correctly, I did a bit of talking, Ned did as well, and
Steve Lime showed off some MapServer applications and Brent Wood showed us
some work he'd been doing with FOSS GIS. I can't recall, but I think maybe
Franck Martin also presented a bit on maps in Tikiwiki (or am I wishful

Regardless, the mini-presentations kick-started discussion and opened the
group to realise the bigger/common picture that we all shared. Other than
that, Ned and I just helped get the word out, find a couple speakers and
casually facilitate discussion. I suggest we run a BOF at Where in a similar
fashion. Especially if it means giving a couple more OSGeo projects an
opportunity to do a very short presentation about their tools (ones that
aren't on the larger agenda or wouldn't warrant a larger presentation).

Has anyone else ran one, or been at one, and can share their thoughts about
how it ran?