Promotion and Visibility Committee

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(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

The official committee web site is For the time being it seems as if this Wiki is more flexible. Once stable documents are available they will move to the official committee web site.


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 Website Committee
  • Create and provide paperwork (ads, flyers, posters, information brochures)
  • Giveaways (focused on larger events with special OS affinity)
  • Operate OSGeo Booth (large events)

Our scratchpad is currently located at the VisComTODO page.

Committee Members

Potential Members:

  • Jason Birch (
  • Arnulf Christl (Chair)
  • Michael Gerlek (
  • Dave McIlhagga (
  • Tyler Mitchell (pending)
  • Markus Neteler (pending)
  • Sean Sternfeldt (
  • Mark Lucas (


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.

Press Releases

Due to the possibility of a Slashdot affect, CollabNet operations needs to be notified 24 hours in advance of press releases whenever possible. Please email Daniel Brookshier and Michael Lavoie at the following addresses as soon as you have an aproximate time and date:,

First Press Release published 6 March 2006


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

Presentation Material

A central document directory should feature Presentations about the OSGeo. Presentations should eventually be 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 (see also Fundraising).

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).

Sticker, Caps, Promotion Stuff

We will want to think up some stuff to give away. This could be mugs, caps, t-shirts, etc. Probably will have to wait until the logo is done. Some slogan (slogans?) (all by Jody Garnett):

  • Built on OSGeo
  • OSGeo - Think way outside the box
  • OSGeo: It's a Spheroid get over it


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 2006 conference - German language Free and Open Source Software GIS conference - 29-30 March 2006 (Bonn, Germany)
  • [Location Intelligence], April 3-5, 2006 (San Francisco, California)
  • GITA's Annual Conference 29, April 23-26, 2006 (Tampa Bay, Florida)
  • LinuxTag 2006 - 3-6 May 2006 (Wiesbaden, Germany) forerunner to Operate OSGeo Booth
  • Where 2.0, 13-14 June 2006, (San Jose, California)
  • GeoTec, June 18-20, 2006 (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
  • AGIT 2006 GIS convention, conference and exhibition - 5-7 July 2006 (Salzburg, Austria)
  • 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)
  • GSDI9 6-10 November 2006 (Santiago, Chile)


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