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== Ottawa Chapter ==
 
== Ottawa Chapter ==
  
 
* Contact name: '''[[User:Smitch | Scott Mitchell ]]'''
 
* Contact name: '''[[User:Smitch | Scott Mitchell ]]'''
  
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=== Key Accomplishments ===
 
=== Key Accomplishments ===
* held semi-regular to regular meetings (depending on season), which included presentations to share experience in particular projects/software, and social/networking to learn what others are doing, job opportunities, opinions on where the community is going, etc
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* held meetings ever 1-2 months, which included presentations to share experience in particular projects/software, and social/networking to learn what others are doing, job opportunities, opinions on where the community is going, etc.
* WIDE range of participants, including programmers, users, experts, novices, educators, students, program managers, people from government, non-profits, large and small firms; we're encouraged that we continue to attract a trickle of new people coming out
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* WIDE range of participants, including programmers, users, experts, novices, educators, students, program managers, people from government, non-profits, large and small firms; continuing to see new faces
* presentations and discussions exposed the community to developments in OSGEO/FOSS4G overall projects, including the experiences of attendees to the FOSS4G conference in South Africa, Open Source Boot Camp, and GIS Day events;  specific theme presentations on OGC Simple Features, and a new Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada web mapping application
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* local chapter's mailing list continues to be a valuable resource, sharing variety of useful information
* booth presence at the GIS Day event at [http://www.library.carleton.ca/gis/gisday.html Carleton University], and significant participation in [http://fosslc.org Open Source Boot Camp] 6 (Geospatial)
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* local chapter's mailing list traffic really picked up this year in terms of sharing variety of useful information
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=== Areas for Improvement ===
 
=== Areas for Improvement ===
* keeping momentum going to have regular meetings is occasionally challenging, but we're still plugging away...
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* number of actual presentations at meetings dipped in 2009 compared to previous years
 
   
 
   
 
=== Opportunities to Help ===
 
=== Opportunities to Help ===
* In July we transitioned to new people responsible for booking and chairing the meetings ([[User:Smitch | Scott Mitchell ]] and Phil Vachon), but may need new volunteer(s) again when Scott goes on sabbatical in 2009 (I'll be out of town more than usual)
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* presentation ideas, and especially volunteer presenters, are sorely needed
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* ideas, and more importantly volunteers to help make it happen, are needed for other activities
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=== Outlook for 2010 ===
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* some great ideas have been voiced in the past year about outreach activities, collaborations with other groups, etc. Getting these ideas off the ground will require volunteers, of course, and we also encourage other groups to contact us if they have ideas for cooperation.
  
=== Outlook for 2009 ===
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* we have official confirmation that we're welcome to use the flat panel display recently installed in the Fox back room.  No more carrying screens and projectors around!  So all ideas and volunteers for new presentations are very welcome, and it's even easier / hassle free than before.  Remember, we're a friendly group!
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[[Category: Reports 2009]]
* also successfully tried out Frank's suggested model of getting everyone around the table to introduce themselves (as needed) and then give a quick summary of whatever issue/challenge/interesting tidbit related to OSGEO-related work is currently on their mind;  it's a good way of getting relevant discussion and potentially very useful feedback, especially at meetings that don't have any formal presentations
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Latest revision as of 07:00, 27 January 2010

Ottawa Chapter

Key Accomplishments

  • held meetings ever 1-2 months, which included presentations to share experience in particular projects/software, and social/networking to learn what others are doing, job opportunities, opinions on where the community is going, etc.
  • WIDE range of participants, including programmers, users, experts, novices, educators, students, program managers, people from government, non-profits, large and small firms; continuing to see new faces
  • local chapter's mailing list continues to be a valuable resource, sharing variety of useful information

Areas for Improvement

  • number of actual presentations at meetings dipped in 2009 compared to previous years

Opportunities to Help

  • presentation ideas, and especially volunteer presenters, are sorely needed
  • ideas, and more importantly volunteers to help make it happen, are needed for other activities

Outlook for 2010

  • some great ideas have been voiced in the past year about outreach activities, collaborations with other groups, etc. Getting these ideas off the ground will require volunteers, of course, and we also encourage other groups to contact us if they have ideas for cooperation.