Japan Chapter Report 2007

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Japan Chapter

  • Period covered by report: Jan-Dec 2007
  • Contact name: Toru Mori

Key Accomplishments

  • Held the 2nd annual conference in November in Osaka, attended 70 active people. Invited Tyler Mitchell to give them a speech and promoted OSGeo. Markus Neteler, Lorenzo Becchi, Geoff Zeiss and Schuyler Erle are also invited and gave speech.
  • Tokyo meeting was held in the following week with 60 attendants. Tyler Mitchell and Schuyler Erle gave speech.
  • Launch local website in Japanese language in November, financially sponsored by local companies such as Autodesk Japan, Ouyougijyutsu and Orkney.
  • Promoted OSGeo activities at OSC(Open Source Conference) Spring in Tokyo (March 2007).
  • Promoted OSGeo activities at GIS seminar held by Ouyougijyutsu in Osaka (November 2007).
  • Organized local board committee with 5 most active members.

Areas for Improvement

  • Keeping regular activities without enough financial and human resources is always challenging.

Opportunities to Help

  • Join and express your opinions to our local mailing lists.
  • Contribute us translated materials of OSGeo.org pages.
  • Become sponsor of the Japan Chapter and support local activities in financial.

Outlook for 2008

  • Enrich the local OSGeo web site.
  • 3rd annual conference (TBD).
  • Organize off line activities such as face to face meetings.