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* Arnulf Christl (Chair)
* Arnulf Christl (Chair)
* Sean Sternfeldt (Sean.Sternfeldt@autodesk.com)
* Sean Sternfeldt (Sean.Sternfeldt@autodesk.com)
* Michael Gerlek (mpg@lizardtech.com)
* Michael Gerlek (mpg@osgeo.com)
* Tyler Mitchell (pending)
* Tyler Mitchell (pending)
* Markus Neteler (pending)
* Markus Neteler (pending)

Revision as of 10:04, 28 February 2006

(NOTE: The following is all for discussion purposes, and not firmly established yet)

The Promotion Committee will help produce input to be published by the Web Site Committee. Publishing, controlling and adoption as stable documents is probably done by the latter.

To spread word and build a strong recognition of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, foundation projects and the use of open source in geospatial applications in general every major event should be covered professionally. Smaller events and local conventions in many cases already get covered by associated members (friends of the foundation).

Committee Website



Several levels of activity should be addressed to support advertising the OSGeo Foundation depending on the character of the event to take place.

  • Web site linking Web Site Committee
  • Create and provide paperwork (ads, flyers, posters, information brochures)
  • Giveaways (focused on larger events with special OS affinity)
  • Booth operation (large events)

Committee Members

Potential Members:

  • Arnulf Christl (Chair)
  • Sean Sternfeldt (Sean.Sternfeldt@autodesk.com)
  • Michael Gerlek (mpg@osgeo.com)
  • Tyler Mitchell (pending)
  • Markus Neteler (pending)


Links to the OSGeo Foundation web site should be related to the primary context of fostering Free and Open Source Software projects, availability of Public Geospatial Data Project and Free Geospatial Data. Both International Outreach and Like Minded Regional Organizations will establish an efficient network.


Presentations, promotion and dissemination of the OSGeo Foundation principles and ideas:

  • Give talks and presentations at conferences
  • Hold workshops at conventions
  • Operate OSGeo booth presenting projects at exhibitions

Presentation Material

A central document directory should feature presentations about the OSGeo. Presentations should eventually managed in the SVN repository of the Promotion and Visibility Project. Externals who need to get the FOSSGIS idea across can use material from this repository to build their own presentations. The material will be appropriately licensed with a free non-software license (e.g., Creative Commons licenses).

At a later stage Posters, Give Aways, Flyers, live-CD, etc. can be added.

Formats, Copyright, License of Documents

The preferred format would probably be HTML, making it easy to create links and make it searchable using the OSGeo (CN) infrastructure. (Initial discussion and collaborative editing can be done in the Wiki). Please refrain from creating PPTs, PDFs or other closed formats while OpenDocument format will be appropriate for slides. Presentations would preferably be licensed as GNU FDL, CC (or appropriate alternative) to ensure that they are freely available (please use the discussion page registered at the top of this page).


A timetable should be set up showing where OSGeo members talk, meet or give presentations. This timetable should be managed in an online planner (can CN provide for this?) and in professional map services using the OSGeo technology.

Future events with OSGeo Project and Foundation presence

  • FOSSGIS conference German language Free and Open Source Software GIS conference - 29-30 March 2006 (Bonn, Germany)
  • LinuxTag 2006 FOSS GIS sector - 3-6 May 2006 (Wiesbaden, Germany)
  • AGIT 2006 GIS convention, conference and exhibition - 5-7 July 2006 (Salzburg, Austria)
  • Where 2.0, 13-14 June 2006, (San Jose, California)
  • GeoWeb 2006, 24-28 July 2006 (Vancouver BC, Canada)
  • FOSS4G conference, 12-15 September 2006 (Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Intergeo 2006 10-12 October 2006 (Munich, Germany)

Event Archive