This document is an outline representing a generic "Introduction to OSGeo" sort of presentation. Our intention here is not to actually provide the presentation, but rather to provide fodder which can be mashed into a real slide deck -- obviously, different people will have different needs and styles of presenting. For example, we might have a house mix, a 12" dance mix, a spoken word version, etc.
Note: I have omitted the usual "Open Source is a Good Thing(tm)" slide from this set, as that topic deserves a whole presentation all its own...
Bold is used for content to be customized by the mixer.
Italics is used for content still tobe developed.
- 1 Title
- 2 Agenda
- 3 Rationale for Existence
- 4 Our Charter
- 5 Origins / History
- 6 The Organization
- 7 Code Projects
- 8 Incubation Process
- 9 Non-code Projects
- 10 Local Chapters
- 11 Outreach Efforts
- 12 Fundraising Efforts
- 13 Call to Action
- 14 Resources
- 15 Closing
- 16 Backup/Extra Material
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Rationale for Existence
Why does the world need OSGeo? Let us count the ways...
- promote the use of open source GIS software
- promote and make available open/free GIS data
- provide a "home" for inter-project collaboration
- provide a legal framework for OS protection
- provide a funding source for projects
- provide branding -- community sense of quality assurance
- promote and make available free/open GIS data
- CC-based means for curriculum development and education
need to break these down into categories better - maybe Developers, Users, Community, etc
"To support the development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use."
"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. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration."
Origins / History
do we want to say anything about how we grew out of the MapServer group, etc? is that relevant at all?
In February of 2006, Autodesk spnsored a meeting in Chicago to discuss forming an organization dedicated to open source and GIS.
- 25 attendees, from all parts of the GIS world
- big corporate, small corporate, non-profit, existing OS projects, education, ...
At the end of a long day, "The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)" was formed:
- initial board
- initial charter and goals
- initial set of projects to participate
After only six months:
- OSGeo is a formal non-profit organization
- we have a functioning board and many active members
- we have initial funding and a budget
- we have several active, mature open source projects
- MapGuide Open Source
- we had a very successful "launch event" at Where 2.0 (June 2006)
- we have already had a presence (speakers, booths) at several industry events
And, we're getting much attention and inquiries from other organizations, users, developers, etc.
list, one section per each
list, one section per each
Call to Action
one slide per each
Listing of 45 Charter Members
Page Showing All Project Logos
picture of booth at Where, picture of members at Where, ???
do we have one yet?
FAQ / Mics
difference between OSGeo and OGC