Japan Chapter Report 2008

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Japan Chapter

  • Period covered by report: Jan-Dec 2008
  • Contact name: Toru Mori

Key Accomplishments

  • Held the 3rd annual conference in November in Tokyo and Osaka, attended 150 active people. Invited Jeff McKenna to give them a speech and promoted OSGeo and its community. Christopher Schmidt and Claude Philipona gave speech.
  • Enhanced local website (in Japanese language).
  • 5 local sponsors, Osaka-city Univercity, Autodesk Japan, Ouyougijyutsu, Mapconcielge and Orkney.
  • Organized "Osaka mini event", invited Helena Mitasova of North Carolina State University, Hiroshi Miura of OpenStreetMap Japan and local geospatial reserchers at Osaka-city University, Osaka in May 2008.
  • Promoted OSGeo activities at GeoMedia Sumitt in Tokyo (December 2008).
  • Organized local board committee consists of 11 most active members.

Areas for Improvement

  • Launched local sponsorship, which enabled us to keep regular activities and visible.

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 2009

  • Enrich the local OSGeo web site.
  • 4rd annual conference (currently scheduled in November).
  • Organize off line activities such as face to face meetings and beer parties!