Official OSGeo Event Policy

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The purpose of this document is to outline rules that must be followed for an OSGeo event (meaning any event using the OSGeo name).

NOTE: despite the document name, this policy is not yet official, and is in discussion and consideration for approval.

Additional Resources

The following are of interest to the event policy:

OSGeo Event Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all events that use the OSGeo name, which include: 1) the annual FOSS4G event, 2) an event hosted by an OSGeo local chapter, and 3) a 3rd party event that uses the OSGeo name.

A. Mission -- any event using the OSGeo name must contribute positively to the OSGeo Mission, which is essentially to support the development of open source Geospatial Software, and promote its widespread use.

B. Program -- any event using the OSGeo name must have program content that is predominantly related to Open Source geospatial software.

C. Value -- any event using the OSGeo name must offer "value for money" to paid participants, so as to not reflect poorly on OSGeo.

D. Infrastructure -- any event using the OSGeo name must have a high-quality infrastructure (materials, presentation, facilities, and instructors) as to not reflect negatively on OSGeo.

OSGeo 3rd Party Event Guidelines

Definition of Third Party

  • Dictionary definition: a person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation

In some cases a person or group may want to organise an event independently of OSGeo administration, but wishes to use the OSGeo name or brand. This may include companies, consultants or other organisations including OSGeo members and officers. Financial profit itself does not define a third party event and may or may not be involved in a proposal. OSGeo officers participating in the running of a third party event must not purport to be acting as OSGeo officers.


Third parties using the OSGeo or FOSS4G name must abide by the above guidelines, as well as being approved by the OSGeo Board of Directors, as follows:

  1. The event organizer must distribute a formal plan to the general public osgeo-discuss list for community discussion, and to the Conference Committee through the conference_dev list
  2. The Conference Committee must vote on the acceptance of the event (abiding by OSGeo's conflict of interest policy)
  3. If accepted, the Conference Committee recommends the event to OSGeo's Board of Directors, through an email to the board list
  4. Board of Directors must vote on the recommended event (abiding by OSGeo's conflict of interest policy)
  5. A decision will be made by OSGeo within 1 month of the event organizer distributing the formal plan, as in step 1 above.