North America Regional
The primary focus of the North America regional charter will be to organize and run annual North American conferences. It is not the intent of this chapter to duplicate or compete with established local chapters or the international organization's ongoing efforts.
The North America regional conference will also support and collaborate with other like minded organizations for smaller technical and business focused conferences within the region.
Background The OSGeo Board of Directors has recently discussed establishing regional focus groups and conferences that could more effectively address the needs of those areas. This would allow OSGeo to act as more of an umbrella international organization. It is anticipated that the International OSGeo conference will rotate around the globe and will be combined with the regional conference when that region is selected.
- Organize and run an annual North American regional conference
- Increased focus on open source business models
- Provide an interface for National, Regional and Local government agencies as they adopt open source solutions
- Coordinate with local North American chapters for planned events within those localities
- Support OSGeo board for international events
In addition we will be coordinating closely with other regional organizations:
- MIL-OSS Military Open Source Software
- USGIF United States Geospatial Intelligence Agency
- OSSI Open Source Software Institute
- OSFA Open Source for America
Mark Lucas Principal Scientist RadiantBlue Technologies Inc.
If the majority of chapter members wish, the post of official representative will be elected on a periodic basis.
The intent is to organize as a 501c non profit organization.
Meetings and Events
No meetings have been planned yet, the intent will be to establish formal quarterly meetings to review conference and organizational planning.
FOSS4g 2012 - Beijing 
North American Regional OSGeo/foss4g Conference Initial discussion will be focused on organizing a follow on North American regional conference in 2012. We will work to deconflict this event with the OSGeo/foss4g international conference in Beijing as well as the as the annual Geoint conference.
USGIF Technology Day] USGIF Technology Day
MIL-OSS WG3 MIL-OSS Working Group 3
Geoint 2011 Geoint 2011 in San Antonio Tx
USGIF Tech Days Washington DC
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