Growing the FOSS4G Community

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  • - thanks for having me in Japan again - from Canada - work background (DM Solutions Group, to Gateway Geomatics)
  • Growing the FOSS4G Community

    1. 1. Growing the FOSS4G Community Jeff McKenna Gateway Geomatics 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    2. 2. Outline <ul><ul><li>What the community means to me
    3. 3. In the beginning...
    4. 4. Current community
    5. 5. FOSS4G conferences
    6. 6. Local chapter growth
    7. 7. Future
    8. 8. Challenges </li></ul></ul>2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    9. 9. “ a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society” Community? 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    10. 10. Without the Community I am... <ul><ul><li>just another geographer
    11. 11. unable to access other resources
    12. 12. bored
    13. 13. looking for places to travel :)
    14. 14. looking for people to have a drink with :)
    15. 15. unemployed </li></ul></ul>2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    16. 16. But With the Community I am... <ul><ul><li>part of a network of thousands of users, developers, and decision makers
    17. 17. able to partner with other organizations
    18. 18. always busy
    19. 19. able to travel :)
    20. 20. recognized as a key member of the community </li></ul></ul>2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    21. 21. And I am Able to Become... <ul><ul><li>chair of the OSGeo conference committee
    22. 22. MapServer Project Steering Committee member
    23. 23. Founding and Charter member of OSGeo
    24. 24. Founding co-chair of OSGeo Ottawa local chapter </li></ul></ul>2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    25. 25. <ul><ul><li>individual user meetings across the world
    26. 26. no global organization
    27. 27. many projects were immature </li></ul></ul>In the Beginning... 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    28. 28. OSGIS 2004, Ottawa, Canada Important Events 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    29. 29. Important Events 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    30. 30. + = ??? Important Events 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    31. 31. <ul><ul><li>OSGeo founded in February/March 2006
    32. 32. goal is to promote the use of Open Source geospatial software
    33. 33. structure includes Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Committees </li></ul></ul>Important Events 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    34. 34. Current Community 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved OSGeo Stack: http://www.ohloh.net/stacks/151/report 1474 person years Effort $81,072,382 Replacement Cost 200 Contributors 16 Projects 5,450,649 Source Lines of Code
    35. 35. <ul><ul><li>Code is under an OSI approved license
    36. 36. Geospatial
    37. 37. Mature
    38. 38. Strong user community
    39. 39. Substantial and diverse developer community
    40. 40. ... </li></ul></ul>Becoming an OSGeo Project 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved http://www.osgeo.org/incubator/process/evaluation.html
    41. 41. <ul><ul><li>ready to graduate and become an official OSGeo project
    42. 42. 5.2 release in July 2008, with nearly 200 tickets closed
    43. 43. 5.4 release in early 2009 </li></ul></ul>The MapServer Project 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    44. 44. <ul><ul><li>steady growth in attendance
    45. 45. large corporate sponsors (Google, ESRI)
    46. 46. 2010 host to be determined by December </li></ul></ul>FOSS4G Conferences 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    47. 47. <ul><ul><li>Awarded annually by OSGeo to those that have demonstrated leadership in the community </li></ul></ul>Sol Katz Award 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    48. 48. <ul><ul><li>steady growth
    49. 49. locations include Australia-NZ, Germany, Finland, UK, Korea, Spain, Italy, France, Quebec, Japan, India, South Africa, Brazil, Netherlands,.. </li></ul></ul>Local Chapters 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    50. 50. <ul><ul><li>focus on more OSGeo local events
    51. 51. more reliance on local chapter work
    52. 52. possibly a community-based site for OSGeo users
    53. 53. FOSS4G2009 in Sydney Australia
    54. 54. improved installers for projects </li></ul></ul>What about the Future? 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    55. 55. <ul><ul><li>NO! </li><ul><li>“ Is my bug fixed?”
    56. 56. “ The documentation is out-of-date”
    57. 57. “ I'm new,...”
    58. 58. “ When is the next release?” </li></ul></ul></ul>Is the Community Easy to Work With? 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    59. 59. <ul><ul><li>language barriers
    60. 60. avoid being NA-centric
    61. 61. giving credit to both small and large organizations
    62. 62. attracting sponsorship to support the community </li></ul></ul>Challenges 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    63. 63. <ul><ul><li>YOU!
    64. 64. documentation
    65. 65. testing
    66. 66. answering questions on mailing lists </li></ul></ul>What Does the Community Need? 2008-11-07 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved
    67. 67. 2008-11-05 | OSGeo 2008. All rights reserved Jeff McKenna Gateway Geomatics [email_address] Questions? Shibuya: 2008-11-03

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