Twin Cities Chapter Report 2009

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  • Period covered: January - December, 2009
  • Contact name: Pericles Nacionales

Key Accomplishments

  • Participation--several workshops and presentations--at the annual Minnesota GIS/LIS conference
  • Birds of a Feather discussion of open source applications at the MN GIS/LIS conference
  • Participated at the OSGeo code sprint in Toronto (GeoMoose and MapServer representatives)
  • Members actively involved in Red and Mississippi Rivers flood response
  • Helped promote use of the US National Grid
  • Recognized the relevance of Open Street Map and its uses in private, and local and state government agencies
  • Increased member participation in local chapter meetings and social events

Areas for Improvement

  • Need more effort in promoting local chapter
  • Need more effort in promoting open source geospatial tools
  • More outreach to end users (as opposed to developers, although that is also desired)
  • Be more inclusive (reach out to other open source projects)

Opportunities to Help

  • Help with GeoMoose project
  • More Open Street Map participation needed
  • Help to secure booth space at the 2010 MN GIS/LIS conference
  • Help to promote OSGeo and open source geospatial tools at said conference, and other local conferences
  • Spread the word to increase local chapter membership
  • Identify local open source geospatial projects and resources

Outlook for 2010

In 2010, we can look forward to:

  • Paul Ramsey as keynote speaker for 2010 MN GIS/LIS conference
  • Participation at the 2010 OSGeo Code Sprint in New York
  • More presentations of important geospatial topics in meetings
  • More outreach to local open source geospatial projects and resources
  • Demo/Installfests
  • Collaborations with other open source groups in the twin cities area
  • Increase use of social networks
  • Mapping parties