[OSGeo-Discuss] C# DotSpatial Library Workshop at FOSS4G

2011-08-10 Thread Daniel Ames
Hey all,

Just a quick invitation to sign up for our C# DotSpatial Library workshop at
FOSS4G. We're excited to show you all what the DotNet/DotSpatial group has
accomplished in the last year, and for any of you who like to code in C# (or
want to learn) we hope you'll enjoy this workshop. By the end of the
workshop you will be fully equipped to design and deploy a full GIS desktop
application. Tutorials include working with projections, using the
map/legend controls, working with vector/raster data types, etc.

Also, although the focus is on C#, we will also have materials available to
do the tutorials in VB.NET.

- Dan

P.S. For those of you who are unfamiliar with DotSpatial: it's goal is to
bring together all the best .NET based FOSS4g tools into a single
well-integrated programming suite as an alternative to ArcObjects for custom
GIS software/tool development.

P.P.S. A DotSpatial OSGeo project incubation application is being prepared,
so this workshop will also be used to introduce the project in general for
that purpose.


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Workshops filling up...

2011-08-10 Thread Daniel Ames
Nitin, your email was great to read because it highlights the healthy state
of affairs in the FOSS4g world... Too many great choices!

- Dan

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On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM, Nitin Gadia nitty...@gmail.com wrote:

 sorry everyone!

 I did mean to only message Tyler, but feel free to continue the thread
 as he said...

 nitin

 On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM, Tyler Mitchell tmitch...@osgeo.org
 wrote:
  Was sure if you meant to response privately, but thought others might
 have the same questions, so
  replying on the list too :)
 
  On 2011-08-10, at 9:05 AM, Nitin Gadia wrote:
  One quick question - I'm thinking the Introduction to Geospatial
  Opensource would be the best for me... It appears that I can pay $150
  for the full day event ... is that true?
 
  This is correct - it is a full day of excellent talks, and will give a
 great overview
  of where things are at.  But it is not a hands-on workshop which
  seems more like what you are after.
 
  Other than that, there are so many to choose from - Geoserver,
  Geomoose, PostGIS, Mapfish, and Geomajas. The A Complete Web Mapping
  Stack looks really good... as does GeoNetwork for dummies, or how to
  setup and use an SDI in 3 hours...
 
  From your past conversations it sounds like you need some kind of stack
  focused session that covers several layers of tools, so I think you're on
 track with that
  one.  You probably can't go wrong unless you chose a more advanced topic
 or one that
  is looking only at one piece of the larger architecture (like PostGIS).
  Just a thought,
  hope you can make it!
 
  Tyler
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Advice - alternative to google maps v3 Javascript API????

2011-06-28 Thread Daniel Ames
I'm copying your question to the DotNet OSGeo group who might have some
suggestions. You could look at both SharpMap and DotSpatial as ASP.NET back
ends for example. - Dan

On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 3:05 AM, quade m...@websolving.co.uk wrote:

 Hi all

 I'm trying to develop a vehicle tracking system
 I'd planned to use the google maps api

 However, someone mentioned they want lots of money per year to use it, and
 suggested openlayers instead

 I'm really confused about the whole thing
 Can i use openlayers (or anything else) and use the title maps from google
 maps and still get around the licence issue?

 I'm a .net developer, but have no experience in maps so have a steep
 learning curve

 I would really appreciate some guidance on my options
 Thanks all
 Mark


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Training and certification

2011-06-10 Thread Daniel Ames
I tend to agree with Cameron on this one. There is already the GISci
certification process that we don't want to compete with. Plus which
particular tools from the OSGeo stack would one be required to be proficient
in to be OSGeo Certified. I think that if a particular project wanted to
create a certification program - perhaps with help from OSGeo - that would
make more sense. One could become certified in GRASS. But to say you are
OSGeo Certified would be hard to quantify/explain.

On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM, Cameron Shorter
cameron.shor...@gmail.comwrote:

 On 10/06/2011 4:07 PM, Paolo Cavallini wrote:

 Il 09/06/2011 21:38, Tyler Mitchell ha scritto:

  Anyone else thinking about this or want to weigh-in on what their
 thoughts were?

 If this competes with the activities the professionals and enterprises are
 currently
 offering, -1. We want OSGeo to support our work, not to compete with it.
 This would
 have a number of negative consequences, IMHO.
 All the best.


 Like Paolo, I'm very nervous about OSGeo taking on a training role for the
 same reasons.
 Providing good training is a difficult business, which is provided by many
 of the OSGeo businesses who back OSGeo. If OSGeo starts to act as a business
 by providing such training, then OSGeo will start competing against its'
 core supporters. This has the potential to fracture the very strong OSGeo
 community, which is a bad thing.

 And while in principle, the idea of OSGeo providing a trusted, unbiased
 training certification program, I think a very quick review of the business
 case behind it will make it unfavourable. Either the training program will
 be of low quality and low credibility, or it will attach such high cost to
 courses that the courses will be harder to sell.

 Creating certification takes a lot of work, which needs to be resourced. I
 might be wrong, but I can't see volunteers stepping forward to build a
 certification program, at least not in the immediate future. Maybe some
 Governments might step up (as has been done for certifying OGC standards),
 but I expect governments will have better things to spend money on. The
 other group who could write a certification program are training
 organisations themselves. But I don't think these training organisations are
 likely to make much extra money with a certification in place. And I don't
 think trainees are likely prepared to pay an extra 30% for their course in
 order to see a certification stamp. (And that 30% is just to pay for
 certification development, before OSGeo makes a profit).

 I'd like to be proven wrong, but I don't think we are ready for OSGeo
 certification, and I think it is bad business for OSGeo to compete with
 OSGeo companies by providing training directly.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: CUAHSI Senior Software Engineer/Architect

2011-04-06 Thread Daniel Ames
Please see the position announcement below.

- Dan

Daniel P. Ames Ph.D.
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Date: Apr 6, 2011 9:55 AM
Subject: CUAHSI Senior Software Engineer/Architect
To: cuahsi-...@listserv.agu.org

*Senior Software Engineer/Architect*

* *

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science,
Inc. (CUAHSI) seeks a senior software engineer/architect to lead the
development of data services for the academic water science research
community.



The Senior Software Engineer/Architect will develop a strategy to transition
a standards-based services-oriented architecture for publication and
discovery of water data from a research project to an operational service.
The research project, CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System (HIS) consists of
a central metadata catalog (HydroCatalog), a data publication server stack
(HydroServer) and a data access, visualization, and analysis client
(HydroDesktop). HIS has been developed in a Microsoft .NET environment and
utilizes various commercial packages, including Microsoft SQL Server and
ESRI’s ArcGIS Server software.



The ideal candidate will have both a background in water science research
(in the fields of earth science, engineering, or ecology) and a strong
informatics background with understanding of Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC) web service and data encoding standards, web services, and relational
data bases. The ideal candidate will possess the leadership and management
skills necessary to work in interdisciplinary teams and to manage employees.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] MapWindow/DotSpatial 2011 - User/Developer Conference

2011-03-16 Thread Daniel Ames
Dear OSGeo Discuss List:

The MapWindow project team is pleased to announce that we are hosting an
OSGeo DotNet focused conference and workshops June 13-15, 2011 in San
Diego, California. There is more information and a call for abstracts on the
conference web site:

http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2011/presenters.php

http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2011/presenters.phpThe call for
abstracts closes on March 31, so please let me know soon if you are
interested in participating.

We know that a large portion of our OSGeo community is more comfortable in
Linux than in Windows, but there continues to be a growing interest in and
demand for programmer tools based on the DotNet environment - and those of
us on the OSGeo DotNet side of things don't think that the proprietary
vendors should control that market. :)

So this event will be centered on the MapWindow project, the new DotSpatial
programmer library (think open source ArcObjects) and several other very
cool software tools (SharpMap, Whitebox, and others).

If you are at all interested in learning more about these projects please
consider coming to this event.

Sincerely,

Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Ravi OSGeo

2011-01-16 Thread Daniel Ames
Great point Ravi. People continually tell me they like MapWindow for its
simple GUI. Interestingly I was also training Vietnamese GIS students last
week in Ho Chi Minh City. - Dan

On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 8:40 PM, Ravi ravivundava...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Hi Jeff,
 was teaching a bunch of young kids open source GIS, for 3 days (CSSTEP /
 IIRS Dehradun, India) 2 of them from Vietnam. They were so pleased by
 OpenJUMP that they
 made me spend a whole morning and after noon (the only day off I had)
 'Mineral prognostication', using 'OpenJUMP'.

 Front ends being easy, and learning curves (a breeze) matter after all,
 than
 how much is packed in a OS-GIS software.

 Cheers
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

2011-01-14 Thread Daniel Ames
We're certainly interested in test cases, applications, and interesting new
developments related to OSGeo projects, but manuscripts about or related to
other open source GIS project are also very. - Dan

On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 2:19 AM, Ann Hitchcock a.hitchc...@52north.orgwrote:

 Hi Landon,



 Is the journal exclusively for OSGeo projects or can other open source
 software projects contribute?



 Thanks!



 Cheers,

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 *Betreff:* [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for
 Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal



 While Tyler Mitchell is working hard to wrap up the work and publish Volume
 8 of the OSGeo Journal, I’ve started work with some of our other volunteers
 on Volume 9. We hope to publish Volume 9 at the beginning of April.



 Please let me know if you are interested in contributing an article to
 Volume 9, or if you can volunteer to help put it together. We need authors,
 reviewers, editors, and LaTex handlers.



 As a reminder, you can also submit articles for publication in the
 peer-review section of the Journal.



 Volume 9 will also be filling the role of our annual report. So I’ll be
 asking each OSGeo Project and OSGeo Chapter for a brief report about last
 year’s activities. We’d like to get all articles and reports for Volume 9
 submitted by the end of February so our volunteer team will have time to
 review and request revisions from the authors.



 If you want to help or submit material for Volume 9, please e-mail me (
 sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or let us know on the Journal mailing list:



 http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter



 You can find the wiki page for Volume 9 here:



 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_Volume_9



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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal Call for Papers for Peer Review/Research Section

2011-01-13 Thread Daniel Ames
Dear Colleagues,

As a section editor for the OSGeo Journal, I would like to personally invite
you to consider preparing an original manuscript on your research and
software development activities for publication in the OSGeo Journal.
Preparations are underway for Volume 9 which will be published in April. To
be considered for publication in this volume, please submit your brief paper
(6-8 pages preferably) using the online journal management system here:
http://www.osgeo.org/ojs/index.php/journal.

OSGeo Journal is not ISI Indexed, but all papers will be peer reviewed and
the journal is published in an open/online format for free.

Sincerely,

Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Foss4g sponsorship question

2010-12-10 Thread Daniel Ames
Great question! I'd potentially be an early sponsor too, but need more
detail. - Dan

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Jeroen Ticheler jeroen.tiche...@geocat.net
 wrote:

 Hi FOSS4G organizers,
 I read there's a discount for early sponsors when committing before 1
 january 2011. But there's no document telling us how and how expensive this
 is... Time is running out :-(

 http://wiki.osgeo.osuosl.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2011_Sponsor_Page

 Cheers, Jeroen

 GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS allows instant publishing of data and metadata on
 GeoServer and GeoNetwork. Visit http://geocat.net for details.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination

2010-11-09 Thread Daniel Ames
Hi all, I appreciate being nominated as an OSGeo Charter Member. I've been
participating with OSGeo since the 2006 Lausanne conference and am regularly
involved in the edu committee and newsletter/journal committee. I've funded
sponsorship at Lausanne, Sydney and Capetown and am always giving OSGeo
pitches at other conferences I attend. Presently I'm helping lead the OSGeo
DotNet programmer community including setting up the OSGeo DotNet mailing
list, and helping kick off a new project of OSGeo DotNet programmers called
DotSpatial (an API that brings together topology, visualization, data
access, etc for the DotNet world). In addition to the DotSpatial project (by
the way you can find it at http://dotspatial.codeplex.com) I manage the open
source MapWindow project (http://mapwindow.org) which some of you may have
heard of. I'd be happy to participate more fully with OSGeo through Charter
Membership.

(P.S. I'm also organizing the 2011 MapWindow and OSGeo DotNet Conference in
San Diego, California in June 2011. Please consider coming!!! See
http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2011/)

- Dan

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Charter Member Nomination

2010-11-09 Thread Daniel Ames
(correction: we gave workshops at Lausanne and did booths and workshops at
Sydney and South Africa ;) )

On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM, Daniel Ames dan.a...@isu.edu wrote:

 Hi all, I appreciate being nominated as an OSGeo Charter Member. I've been
 participating with OSGeo since the 2006 Lausanne conference and am regularly
 involved in the edu committee and newsletter/journal committee. I've funded
 sponsorship at Lausanne, Sydney and Capetown and am always giving OSGeo
 pitches at other conferences I attend. Presently I'm helping lead the OSGeo
 DotNet programmer community including setting up the OSGeo DotNet mailing
 list, and helping kick off a new project of OSGeo DotNet programmers called
 DotSpatial (an API that brings together topology, visualization, data
 access, etc for the DotNet world). In addition to the DotSpatial project (by
 the way you can find it at http://dotspatial.codeplex.com) I manage the
 open source MapWindow project (http://mapwindow.org) which some of you may
 have heard of. I'd be happy to participate more fully with OSGeo through
 Charter Membership.

 (P.S. I'm also organizing the 2011 MapWindow and OSGeo DotNet Conference in
 San Diego, California in June 2011. Please consider coming!!! See
 http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2011/)

 - Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination

2010-11-09 Thread Daniel Ames
Hey that would be great, let's do it! I'll shoot you a P.M. do discuss
potential details. - Dan

On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:21 PM, Alex Mandel tech_...@wildintellect.comwrote:

 On 11/09/2010 11:22 AM, Daniel Ames wrote:
  Hi all, I appreciate being nominated as an OSGeo Charter Member. I've
 been
  participating with OSGeo since the 2006 Lausanne conference and am
 regularly
  involved in the edu committee and newsletter/journal committee. I've
 funded
  sponsorship at Lausanne, Sydney and Capetown and am always giving OSGeo
  pitches at other conferences I attend. Presently I'm helping lead the
 OSGeo
  DotNet programmer community including setting up the OSGeo DotNet mailing
  list, and helping kick off a new project of OSGeo DotNet programmers
 called
  DotSpatial (an API that brings together topology, visualization, data
  access, etc for the DotNet world). In addition to the DotSpatial project
 (by
  the way you can find it at http://dotspatial.codeplex.com) I manage the
 open
  source MapWindow project (http://mapwindow.org) which some of you may
 have
  heard of. I'd be happy to participate more fully with OSGeo through
 Charter
  Membership.
 
  (P.S. I'm also organizing the 2011 MapWindow and OSGeo DotNet Conference
 in
  San Diego, California in June 2011. Please consider coming!!! See
  http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2011/)
 
  - Dan
 

 Dan,

 We've been discussing doing a General OSGeo West conference in
 California, what do you think about possible collaboration with the
 California Chapter?

 Thanks,
 Alex

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Greek Inspire Metadata Editor (gimed)

2010-11-09 Thread Daniel Ames
Coming late to this discussion, I would point out that the FSF article about
Mono is based entirely on conjecture. Particularly this statement:

Microsoft is probably planning to force all free C# implementations
underground some day using software patents

I suspect if the OSGeo world were to base all decisions on the threat of
potential future patent litigation, we'd pretty much all just have to close
shop and go fishing or become used car salesmen instead of writing
software...

- Dan


On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Nikos Alexandris 
nikos.alexand...@felis.uni-freiburg.de wrote:

 Cameron:

   Why was gimed developed rather than extending GeoNetwork?

 Angelos:

  - When developing for HEMCO project, the time frame was very limited and
  I estimated that a clean implementation would be faster.
  - The project's specifications were also requiring C# because other non
  FOSS API's were involved.

 I (too) was curious about that Angele (talming about C# and Mono). It is
 not
 clear to me, as an end-user, if and what dangerous license implications
 could
 rise in the future (reading: http://www.fsf.org/news/dont-depend-on-mono).

 I hope we will find the time to discuss about this and other issues in the
 upcoming GeoDataCamp in Athens.

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Re: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination

2010-11-09 Thread Daniel Ames
Thanks :)
On Nov 9, 2010 5:16 PM, Michael P. Gerlek m...@lizardtech.com wrote:
 [disclaimer: I'm the one who nominated Dan]

 Having admired MapWindow from afar from some time, I had the opportunity
to spend a couple days with Dan and his team a few months ago and came away
very impressed. Dan is doing a great job in bringing C#/.NET into the OSGeo
world via the DotSpatial world, what with bringing a whole library into play
and running a conference and yet still pursuing a geo research job.

 A vote for Dan is a vote for... oh, gosh, I dunno... It's a vote to add a
Third Way[1] to the C++ -vs- Java intertribal dialogs? Something like that.

 [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Way_%28centrism%29

 -mpg

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discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Ames
 Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:22 AM
 To: OSGeo Discussions
 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination

 Hi all, I appreciate being nominated as an OSGeo Charter Member. I've been
participating with OSGeo since the 2006 Lausanne conference and am regularly
involved in the edu committee and newsletter/journal committee. I've funded
sponsorship at Lausanne, Sydney and Capetown and am always giving OSGeo
pitches at other conferences I attend. Presently I'm helping lead the OSGeo
DotNet programmer community including setting up the OSGeo DotNet mailing
list, and helping kick off a new project of OSGeo DotNet programmers called
DotSpatial (an API that brings together topology, visualization, data
access, etc for the DotNet world). In addition to the DotSpatial project (by
the way you can find it at http://dotspatial.codeplex.com) I manage the open
source MapWindow project (http://mapwindow.org) which some of you may have
heard of. I'd be happy to participate more fully with OSGeo through Charter
Membership.

 (P.S. I'm also organizing the 2011 MapWindow and OSGeo DotNet Conference
in San Diego, California in June 2011. Please consider coming!!! See
http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2011/)

 - Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G2010: Good, Bad and the Ugly

2010-09-16 Thread Daniel Ames
From the the point of view of someone processing travel through the
university travel office, having the swag as part of the registration bill
is MUCH better.

We can claim reimbursement for registration but not for individual
goodies, like a t-shirt. So really, being honest about it, I much prefer to
have the swag cost built in. That goes for special tours and dinners as
well..

@LausanneFans the Lausanne T-Shirt was the best conference T-shirt I ever
got. It's got this unique soft texture that always gets me a snuggle from my
sweetheart when I'm wearing it. Maybe all you Europeans have softer shirts
than us?

- Dan

On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Ravi ravivundava...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Though I was not there, but for this discussion, would not have got the
 feel.
 Venkatesh, keep it going.. This is a good feed back for future event
 planners.

 The 'bad', I found is the best for DOs' and DONTs for the future.

 Ravi Kumar

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 Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G2010: Good, Bad and the Ugly
 To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
 Cc: Jeroen Ticheler jeroen.tiche...@geocat.net
 Date: Thursday, 16 September, 2010, 6:15 PM


 On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM, Mateusz Loskot 
 mate...@loskot.nethttp://mc/compose?to=mate...@loskot.net
 wrote:
  On 16/09/10 09:13, Jeroen Ticheler wrote:
  On 15 sep 2010, at 11:38, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
 
  d) Had to pay for FOSS4G2010 T-Shirt
 
  I very much supported this idea of paying for the shirts! How many
  T-Shirts end up being unused? It makes a lot of sense from an
  ecological / sustainability point of view to not just give away for
  free.
 
  I second Jeroen's opinion here.
  The price was 5 EUR per t-shirt making it affordable.
 
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 In my opinion: no problem to pay, but it would make more sense if it
 would have been in a better material.
 I think it could be sold for even more than 10-15 EUR, but the quality
 should be good ;)
 As it was written in a previous email, this kind of stuff (t-shirts,
 bags...) make an impressive marketing when used in social events, so
 it would make a big difference if the t-shirt life is longer.
 P

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G2010: Good, Bad and the Ugly

2010-09-16 Thread Daniel Ames
From the the point of view of someone processing travel through the
university travel office, having the swag as part of the registration bill
is MUCH better.

We can claim reimbursement for registration but not for individual
goodies, like a t-shirt. So really, being honest about it, I much prefer to
have the swag cost built in. That goes for special tours and dinners as
well..

@LausanneFans the Lausanne T-Shirt was the best conference T-shirt I ever
got. It's got this unique soft texture that always gets me a snuggle from my
sweetheart when I'm wearing it. Maybe all you Europeans have softer shirts
than us?

- Dan

On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Ravi ravivundava...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Though I was not there, but for this discussion, would not have got the
 feel.
 Venkatesh, keep it going.. This is a good feed back for future event
 planners.

 The 'bad', I found is the best for DOs' and DONTs for the future.

 Ravi Kumar

 --- On *Thu, 16/9/10, Paolo Corti pco...@gmail.com* wrote:


 From: Paolo Corti pco...@gmail.com

 Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G2010: Good, Bad and the Ugly
 To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
 Cc: Jeroen Ticheler jeroen.tiche...@geocat.net
 Date: Thursday, 16 September, 2010, 6:15 PM


 On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM, Mateusz Loskot 
 mate...@loskot.nethttp://mc/compose?to=mate...@loskot.net
 wrote:
  On 16/09/10 09:13, Jeroen Ticheler wrote:
  On 15 sep 2010, at 11:38, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
 
  d) Had to pay for FOSS4G2010 T-Shirt
 
  I very much supported this idea of paying for the shirts! How many
  T-Shirts end up being unused? It makes a lot of sense from an
  ecological / sustainability point of view to not just give away for
  free.
 
  I second Jeroen's opinion here.
  The price was 5 EUR per t-shirt making it affordable.
 
  Best regards,
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 In my opinion: no problem to pay, but it would make more sense if it
 would have been in a better material.
 I think it could be sold for even more than 10-15 EUR, but the quality
 should be good ;)
 As it was written in a previous email, this kind of stuff (t-shirts,
 bags...) make an impressive marketing when used in social events, so
 it would make a big difference if the t-shirt life is longer.
 P

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: New and Noteworthy in OS Geospatial?

2010-09-01 Thread Daniel Ames
Hi David. For what it's worth, MapWindow just passed the 300,000 download
mark, with 6,000 per month. Also the .NET world has an alternative to
ArcObjects now under development called DotSpatial. This project is being
developed by a large .NET team on codeplex and is quickly making progress. -
Dan

On Sep 1, 2010 3:09 PM, Fawcett, David (MPCA) david.fawc...@state.mn.us
wrote:
 Thanks to the few of you who had comments.

 Really, none of the rest of you want to brag about or promote your OSGEO
project?!

 Come on, any new features, optimizations, data formats, case studies,
etc.?

 David.

 -Original Message-
 From: Fawcett, David (MPCA)
 Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:54 AM
 To: OSGeo Discussions
 Subject: New and Noteworthy in OS Geospatial?

 I am working on a presentation focused on, What's New and Cool in
OpenSource Geospatial for a group of GIS professionals. This group is most
familiar with the proprietary ESRI stack, but there is a growing awareness
and interest in OpenSource.

 My goal is to introduce people to cool projects or features, highlighting
events and improvements from the past year. I am thinking of categories
including software, databases, community, and open data.

 I would greatly appreciate any ideas that people have on new or noteworthy
developments in OpenSource geospatial. Think about new projects, new
features, optimizations, events, use cases, etc.

 Please feel free to email me off-list or just respond to this message.

 Thank you very much,

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Help authoring tools

2010-06-01 Thread Daniel Ames
Do any of you have a preferred open source help authoring tool? We're
looking for something to document our projects on web pages - something
better than wiki - and also to download and install with software. Must be
cross platform, etc. I'd like to use whatever others are using in the OSGeo
community for consistency... - Dan

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[OSGeo-Discuss] New list for discussing all things OSGeo + .NET

2010-05-14 Thread Daniel Ames
Dear OSGeo'ers,

John Lindsay (University of Guelph) and myself (Dan Ames, Idaho State
University) have just set up - with the help of Tyler Mitchell - a new OSGeo
mailing list which is thematically based around the .NET and MONO
programming frameworks.

Please feel free to join us on this list. You can subscribe here:

http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/dotnet

We are particularly interested in corralling any one who is building or
using open source GIS tools using C# or VB.NET so that we can coordinate
our activities to the extent possible and help present a fairly unified .NET
front to the broader OSGeo community and beyond.

Our goals are to:
1) Foster collaboration and discussion amongst open source .NET
programmers;
2) Encourage the development of reusable, low level .NET framework-style
geospatial libraries;
3) Increase understanding and acceptance of .NET as a viable open source
programming environment among the OSGeo community.

Thanks,

Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Whitebox GAT (Chris Puttick)

2010-03-26 Thread Daniel Ames
As I said to John in a PM, I think what he's doing is extremely important
and will help bolster the concept of open source for the masses that we've
been pushing with our .NET MapWindow project.

Three cheers to ANYONE who is willing to bust their chops on some code and
put it out to the world!

- Dan

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) 
tmitch...@osgeo.org wrote:

 P Kishor wrote:
  Listen, I personally appreciate the zeal for open sourcing software
  and data (most of my personal religion is based on the belief that
  open data are better for everyone), but trash talking closed software
  makes the whole world blind.

 Of course we never trash talk other open source languages either, do we?
  Where would we be without all the good arguments for Python vs the
 'others'... ;-)  Sorry, couldn't resist.

 Just to say, we have done pretty good on this list avoiding platform or
 language wars, but I am interested to learn what
 strengths/features/ease-of-use others find in their language of choice.
   Just to be better educated, not to flame anyone.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Learn about Open Source GIS for .NET (MapWindow 2010)

2010-02-22 Thread Daniel Ames
Dear fellow OSGeo'ers,

If you are interested in learning about open source GIS for the .NET
platform, please consider coming to MapWindow 2010 in Orlando,
Florida, 31 March - 2 April, 2010.
(http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2010/)

This is the first official meeting of the MapWindow GIS project team
since it's release as open source and will include workshops and
technical presentations on building applications for Windows using our
programming libraries, using our end-user desktop application, and
working with a number of third party applications for environmental
and water resources modeling built on the MapWindow platform.

MapWindow (http://www.mapwindow.org) is an ActiveX and .NET
programming library, plug-in development environment, and simple end
user desktop GIS primarily for the Windows operating system written in
C#, VB.NET and C++, and integrating and exposing to .NET programmers a
number of low level OSGeo libraries.

The main application receives approximately 6000 downloads per month
from around the world and has been downloaded over 270,000 times since
being released as open source in 2005. MapWindow It is translated in a
dozen or so languages and has a large source code contributor team
representing every continent except for Antarctica (sorry...)  and
there are about 9,000 people on our opt-in mailing list.

Please feel free to learn more about the project here:
http://www.mapwindow.org/ and also by joining us in Orlando for our
1st International Conference:
http://www.mapwindow.org/conference/2010/

- Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Webinars on OS geo for local governments, schools and nonprofits?

2010-02-08 Thread Daniel Ames
Webinars are a great idea but need someone to host the webinar
software... any thoughts on how to do that? We could potentially help
out here at ISU with the desktop sharing side of things, but the
problem is the audio... - Dan

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM, Charlie Schweik
cschw...@pubpol.umass.edu wrote:
 Dimitris Kotzinos wrote:

 Dear Charlie,

 the idea sounds intriguing but we should bear in mind the different
 requirements of the three actors you mentioned in your e-mail, so it would
 be difficult to find the one size that fits all.

 Good point, Dimitris. As someone who teaches but also studies the public
 sector I agree wholeheartedly. If there was sufficient interest, perhaps we
 could have a series of these, e.g.:

 OS Geo technologies for high-school teachers
 - sub topics here
 OS Geo technologies for local governments
 - sub topics here

 At the same time, seminars on various technologies could, potentially, be
 somewhat generic.

 Moreover we need to know a bit more an the needs we will try to cover and
 finally we need the people who would do the job. As I said the idea is
 interesting so I would interested in participating.

 I've had two responses so far from people possibly interested in
 participating in this. If there are others who might be interested in
 presenting a topic, let me know.
 If I get a few more I'll start a wiki page to try and start organizing
 topics and potential presenters. This may lead then to a conference call for
 further discussion.

 Cheers
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Webinars on OS geo for local governments, schools and nonprofits?

2010-02-08 Thread Daniel Ames
How about a combination of something like open meetings for desktop
sharing with Google Voice Chat or Yahoo Chat for the voice? Yes, do
keep me in the loop Charlie. I'd be happy to give a webinar and if
this goes well we could evlove it into a course for seminar credit
here at ISU. - Dan

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 3:19 PM, Dan Putler dan.put...@sauder.ubc.ca wrote:
 It is always good not to paste the URL twice, so a second shot at
 Openmeetings: http://code.google.com/p/openmeetings/

 On Mon, 2010-02-08 at 14:09 -0800, Dan Putler wrote:
 Hi Charlie,

 Something to look at is Openmeetings:
 http://code.google.com/p/openmeetings/http://code.google.com/p/openmeetings/

 I haven't installed it, but have used their demo site. It seems fairly
 nice. I wanted to allow for screen sharing, and it does that well. Voice
 volume was a bit of a problem on Linux, but not on Windows, and this may
 be fixed at this point. I haven't tried video on it at this point.

 Dan

 On Mon, 2010-02-08 at 16:56 -0500, Charlie Schweik wrote:
  Hi Dan,
 
  Daniel Ames wrote:
   Webinars are a great idea but need someone to host the webinar
   software... any thoughts on how to do that? We could potentially help
   out here at ISU with the desktop sharing side of things, but the
   problem is the audio... - Dan
  
  Good question, Dan! Webinar technology is not something I know that much
  about. But I imagine it is solvable (or is that naiive?)
  If my assumption is correct, let's see if we can get a list of a few
  webinar topics and people willing to present them, and then if that
  looks promising we can turn to this question.
 
  Can I put you down as a possible person to keep in the loop Dan?
 
  Cheers
  Charlie
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Late-added workshop for IEMSS 2010 - Software Development Issues and Going Open Source

2009-12-30 Thread Daniel Ames
Dear OSGeo Discuss List,

Because many of you are involved in environmental modeling like me, you may
be interested in attending iEMSs in Canada next summer (this is a major
biannual environmental modeling and software conference).  If  you are
already attending, or if you are considering attending, would you consider
submitting a talk in our open source and software development issues
workshop? (See below). We're looking for case studies in going open source -
related to environmental modeling...

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

- Dan



“S” is for “Software” – Licensing Issues, Shared Code Development, and Why
You Should Consider Going Open Source

(see this page for details: http://www.iemss.org/iemss2010/page31.html)

 W14. “S” is for “Software” – Licensing Issues, Shared Code Development, and
Why You Should Consider Going Open Source
Organisers: Daniel P. Ames, Idaho State University (dpa...@gmail.com)
Alex Storey, University of Guelph (a...@devmail.com)

Repeat after me: “I [state your name] am not going to get rich writing
environmental modeling software.” The sooner you and I and the rest of our
community accept this truism, the more quickly we can advance our science by
breaking down walls of software secrecy – be they intentionally or
unintentionally emplaced – and hence fostering collaborations at all phases
of modeling software development, testing, and use. Indeed, a new spirit of
software “openness” has sprung forth in some of the least likely of places.
To wit: Microsoft now sponsors a fast growing open source software
development community portal and has released all of its key development
languages as free “express editions” – in part to support the development of
open source software. This movement definitely follows the long standing
scientific tradition of publishing one’s research methods and findings in
the open literature; certainly the release of source code is the most
fundamental form of publication in the field of environmental modeling and
software.

There are many reasons why you may not be participating in the open source
movement. For example: discomfort at the thought of other individuals
viewing your spaghetti code, lack of a clear understanding of the different
licenses available and what they mean, lack of time and energy to manage
such an effort, or possibly delusional ideas about the fortune to be made
from selling your latest groundwater model optimization code (if this last
reason is yours, then be sure to review the opening mantra in this workshop
summary).

The purpose of this workshop is to address these issues through
presentations and discussion of 1) licensing options and implications, 2)
shared code development tools and systems, and 3) shared/open source model
software development case studies. Participation is sought from individuals
with experience and success stories related to this topic. Also, individuals
new to open source software development, or who are afraid that one day
their code will be sitting in a doorstop (the final resting place of so much
good code long since forgotten in an old worn out computer) are also highly
encouraged to join this workshop.


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-22 Thread Daniel Ames
Hi all,

This is a great discussion and I think that we're all generally on the same
page. Here's a little more food for thought regarding a desktop shootout:

Why compare to ESRI? The answer is because they own the lion's share of the
market with one-third of the global market share, and are used by nearly 80
percent of GIS users worldwide from all professions. (at least that's what
Wikipedia says...).

So if this is true, then that means that 80% of GIS users are asking the
question, Why should I use desktop open source XXX instead of ESRI? And
the three main sub-questions are:

Can I open the same files?
Can I make the same maps?
Can I do the same analyses?
Can I teach the same lessons?

So rather than looking inward at ourselves and watching a shoot out
between the FOSS solutions (which presumably results with someone lying dead
and bleeding on the floor...), it be more productive and better for the
cause to look *outward *and do some kind of a comparison that helps those
80% of all GIS users answer the questions above?

Something like the MS thesis about GRASS and ArcGIS that was mentioned, but
web-based and updated by the various project members. I'd be happy to commit
some student resources to this evaluation, particularly if some subcommittee
of people could agree on what the tests would entail.

- Dan



On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:01 AM, Miguel Montesinos 
mmontesi...@prodevelop.es wrote:

  Hello,



 I think that a simple comparison to what ArcGIS does is limitating. Several
 issues arises:



 -  Why compare to ArcGIS 9.3 and not Geomedia, MapInfo,…?

 -  What about features that OS GIS desktops provides not present
 in ArcGIS 9.3?



 I’d rather have a comparison among all of them under equal conditions, for
 instance a feature comparison based on the maximum features all products
 offer, as well as a perfomance analysis.



 For this, a common dataset of both file and service based data should be
 available. In Spain there are “a lot” of public official geodata which could
 be used as test datasets.



 I also like very much Paul Ramsey’s approach about what I like and what I
 don’t made by people belonging to different projects.



 Regards,





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 *Asunto:* Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout
 atFOSS4G 2010?



 Folks, I like the structured comparison approach that Cameron outlined.
 Also equally (or perhaps more useful) would be to put together a wiki page
 with goals and benchmarks based on ArcGIS 9.3. And then indicate where the
 os packages compare. This would provide us with the ability to answer the
 most important question which is can this do what the proprietary software
 does.  For example, we could post a couple of maps made in AG and then
 challenge each desktop team to create and upload the same maps. Etc.  I have
 a line shapefile with 200 shapes. We could upload it and have everyone do
 some timing to show how fast to load,pan, etc on the data. This could also
 serve as a way for some of the teams to see their own deficiencies and find
 critical tasks to work on (they could then update their reporting on the
 wiki and indicate the version number)... - Dan

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-22 Thread Daniel Ames
Helena, perhaps we should move this discussion to the EDU list, since this
side by side comparison you have done could be expanded to include multiple
desktop applications and would be fantastic to have as an educational tool.
Perhaps we can copy your exercises on a WIKI page and then encourage other
teams to post solutions using other desktop apps where they can? Then we'd
all have this as a resource to use in classes... - Dan

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Helena Mitasova hmit...@unity.ncsu.eduwrote:

 I have numerous examples of gis  tasks done side-by-side in GRASS and
 ArcGIS here:


 http://courses.ncsu.edu/mea582/lec/001/GIS_anal_assign/GIS_Anal_Assignall.html

 The data for the examples are available as GRASS data location and ArcGIS
 geodatabase
 (links on top of the document)
 as well as in shape and ArcGRID format (I could not get all rasters convert
 correctly to GeoTIFF
 at the time I was preparing the data) here
 http://www.grassbook.org/data_menu3rd.php

 It certainly does not cover everything (especially vector data and database
 examples are very limited)
 but there is plenty to show various aspects of GIS from simple display and
 visualization to complex
 analysis.

 It would be interesting to see some of these examples done in other systems
 - we tried QGIS but that ended up
 using GRASS plugin too much, so other more independent software would be
 more interesting.
 I will be updating the material in next few months to capture the latest
 developments and plan
 to add another course with examples in different software packages in fall.
 I am sure there will be a lot of interest here to see how at least some of
 the tasks are executed
 in MapWindows of gvSIG and also extension of this material to cover more
 vector / database
 and image processing material.

 Feel free to use the data, the examples are various modifications of the
 examples from the GRASbook,

 Helena



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 On Dec 22, 2009, at 3:19 PM, Stefan Steiniger wrote:

  Hei Dan,

 thanks for the thoughts - I like them too and thats what I see too.. we
 need not only to bring up the highlights between FOSGIS but even more to
 convince people to eventually have a look on FOSGIS by comparing it to ESRIs
 desktop software, since they have set a bit the standards (at least for
 teaching higher level geography GIS courses).

 But two notes: I doubte that ESRI has 80% because this would mean the
 utility market is not considered. And I think one talks here more about ESRI
 in a gegraphical analysis perspective. While I am not sure what the average
 GIS user actually does (i.e. How many do queries, do editing, do real
 analysis?).

 I like your subquestions - and allow me to add comments :)

 And the three main sub-questions are:
 Can I open the same files?

 well.. on the c-tribe side yes thanks to Gdal/OGR? But i would restrict to
 core file types (shp, dxf, mif, raster stuff)

  Can I make the same maps?

 uuhmmm - not yet, but...?

  Can I do the same analyses?

 With Sextante probably yes, now.

  Can I teach the same lessons?

 Ahh.. that hits a point. As we need to tell students about this open
 source stuff. I actually plan to check out the next days if I can replace
 some arcgis analysis tools with sextante for a course.

 So maybe we check what is taugth in the GIS core curriculum?

  Something like the MS thesis about GRASS and ArcGIS that was mentioned,
 but web-based and updated by the various project members.


 Sounds good and its great if you would have even student resources.
 I actually tried to do such comparison already in my second publication on
 GIS in landscape ecology and in my last talks - my result was: Most of the
 FOS desktop GIS are on the ArcView level and a bit beyond, but we can not
 compete with ArcInfo (leave a side the need for an easy map making tool -
 not sure how good the last QGIS tool is). So by now I see our chance in
 providing specialist tools for target groups that are either too small for
 ESRI, Pitney Bowes  Intergraph  Co to be ever included in their official
 distribution or that may be to expensive to be bought as extension for some
 (I remember a friend who once needed Maplex for labeling but not the rest of
 ArcGIS ArcInfo analysis features). And we would need to highlight which
 whose things are.

 here a link to that pub:

 http://www.geo.uzh.ch/~sstein/finalpub/steiniger_geographic_information_tools_ecoinf2009.pdf

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-21 Thread Daniel Ames
Folks, I like the structured comparison approach that Cameron outlined. Also
equally (or perhaps more useful) would be to put together a wiki page with
goals and benchmarks based on ArcGIS 9.3. And then indicate where the os
packages compare. This would provide us with the ability to answer the most
important question which is can this do what the proprietary software
does.  For example, we could post a couple of maps made in AG and then
challenge each desktop team to create and upload the same maps. Etc.  I have
a line shapefile with 200 shapes. We could upload it and have everyone do
some timing to show how fast to load,pan, etc on the data. This could also
serve as a way for some of the teams to see their own deficiencies and find
critical tasks to work on (they could then update their reporting on the
wiki and indicate the version number)... - Dan

On Dec 20, 2009 4:40 PM, Maxim Dubinin s...@gis-lab.info wrote:

 Simon,

I was merely suggesting an approach. As I said, we didn't have a goal to
inform other what Desktop GIS is the best, we just wanted to present a model
dataset for many different packages, so that a person can try and choose by
himself.

However, there are some notes for each package at the bottom of the page.
Personally, I have a favorite, of course, but I don't think this is
appropriate to describe it here. That said, I think this will be relatively
easy to construct a matrix based on our experience with missing bits for
this particular task. We're currently going through updating software and
this project and will discuss this among participants.

Maxim

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G-2009-Tokyo/Osaka promotion video

2009-11-04 Thread Daniel Ames
Fascinating! I had no idea that there were two FOSS4G 2009 conferences this
year... - Dan

On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 1:39 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan 
ragha...@media.osaka-cu.ac.jp wrote:

 Hi All,

 FOSS4G-2009-Tokyo/Osaka promotion video
 is available on Youtube at
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF6_noLvmsw

 Enjoy!! Cheers!!

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Mind Map - Open Source Spatial Projects

2009-10-12 Thread Daniel Ames
Hi Bruce,

This is great work... I'm imagining this in an 8 foot tall poster at
the FOSS4G conference!

It would be great if you could add in the MapWindow project. MapWindow
GIS Desktop Application is a C#/.NET desktop GIS that is completely
open source and has about 6000 downloads per month from
www.MapWindow.org.

Also, under your library/developer tools, we the project also includes
a set of .NET libraries and a COM C++ ActiveX component based on both
NTS and GDAL.

- Dan





On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM, Bruce Bannerman
bruce.bannerman.os...@gmail.com wrote:
 I have been developing a Mind Map for a number of years, showing various
 Open Source spatial projects, with a summary of project features and links
 to project urls.

 It should help as an aide-memoire for Open Source spatial projects.

 I've released this under a Creative Commons license with the source in the
 OSGeo subversion repository.



 Details are at:

 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Bruce.bannerman


 The information in the mind map is a little dated. Perhaps a few of us can
 collaborate to maintain it.


 Thanks to Tyler for his help in getting this into subversion.



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[OSGeo-Discuss] Please Share: AWRA Announces Call for Abstracts for GIS in Water Resources Conference

2009-08-20 Thread Daniel Ames
(With apologies for cross posting... Please see the below announcement for
the biannual GIS in Water Resources conference of the American Water
Resources Association in March 2010 in Orlando Florida. This conference has
had a growing representation of projects from the OPEN SOURCE GIS world and
it would be awesome to see that continue! - Dan Ames)


*

***AWRA Announces Call for Abstracts for Spring 2010 *

*Conference on GIS in Water Resources*

Contact:   Terry Meyer, AWRA Marketing

(540) 687-8390 or *te...@awra.org* te...@awra.org

The American Water Resources Association’s (AWRA) upcoming specialty
conference on *GIS in Water
Resources*http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010/is accepting
abstracts through October 9, 2009. The conference will take
place March 29-31, 2010 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL.
Recognizing that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become a
fundamental tool for the analysis, planning, and management of environmental
and water resources systems, AWRA launched a series of biennial conferences
on this increasingly important topic for water resources professionals.  The
spring 2010 conference will be the sixth in this series.

AWRA’s GIS conferences have seen both the breadth and depth of GIS
application areas in water resources and the variety of GIS software tools
to support such efforts expand dramatically in recent years.  This sixth
specialty conference will include presentations and topics on a number of
exciting new developments and research findings at the intersection of GIS
and water resources engineering and sciences. Researchers, practitioners,
and students working in this field are encourage d to submit and abstract
and plan to attend, keeping in mind that GIS includes commercial or open
source software, custom geospatial modeling solutions, virtual worlds,
web-based mapping, and more.

Visit the conference website for information about the conference or to
submit your abstract:
*http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010/*http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010/.
 The Conference Program Committee encourages abstracts on a
wide-ranging
menu of GIS topics.  The complete list of topics can be accessed here:  *
http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010/topics.html*http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010/topics.html.
   The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 9, 2009.

2010 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference

GIS in Water Resources VI

*http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010*http://www.awra.org/meetings/Florida2010

Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel | Orlando, FL

March 29-31, 2010

AWRA is the premier non-governmental organization dedicated to the
advancement of multidisciplinary water resources management and research.
For over 40 years, AWRA has provided a forum for water resources
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GIS_Libraries

2009-05-05 Thread Daniel Ames
Nenad,
The OSGeo projects use a variety of licenses. You'll see LGPL, MPL, GPL,
MIT, and others. If you are developing commercial tools, you'll need to
avoid GPL (someone correct me if I'm wrong.)

Also take into consideration development platform/language.

My group (MapWindow project) has a number of people using our GIS SDK for
commercial applications in the .NET platform. MapWindow is licensed under
MPL 1.1 which supports commercial usage.

Dan

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 7:07 AM, Nenad Milasinovic 
nenad.milasino...@zesium.com wrote:

 Hello,

 I am interested is there any reliable open source, LGPL licensed GIS SDK or
 library suited for building commercial, platform independent GIS application
 on top of it.
 I am also interested for commercial solutions but only as SDK or library.
 I will appreciate any help.

 Best regards.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GIS_Libraries

2009-05-05 Thread Daniel Ames
IANAL either, but I do read wikipedia. So by way of clarification...
Everything I've read makes a clear distinction between GPL and LGPL such
that GPL code can not be embedded in or linked to a closed source
application. Period. Whereas L-GPL licensed code can be linked to a closed
source application.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Lesser_General_Public_License

So if the individual wants to link to GPL licensed code/libraries and is
willing to make his code GPL then fine. He can still run a commercial
business based on this code, as many people do.

But if he wants to keep his code under some closed-source license then he can
not link to or embed any GPL licensed code or library.

- Dan



On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM, P Kishor punk.k...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM, Daniel Ames amesd...@isu.edu wrote:
  Nenad,
  The OSGeo projects use a variety of licenses. You'll see LGPL, MPL, GPL,
  MIT, and others. If you are developing commercial tools, you'll need to
  avoid GPL (someone correct me if I'm wrong.)

 
 Disclaimer: IANAL. Get legal advice from your lawyer before embarking
 on your million dollar enterprise.
 

 I'll correct you, because, as stated above, you are misrepresenting at
 best, and wrong at worst. ;-)

 GPL does not prevent you from making money. GPL only requires that if
 you modify the code that is under GPL, then you must redistribute the
 modified code under GPL. Granted this may not be easy to figure out in
 real world scenarios, but consider the following --

 Let's say ShapeLib is published under GPL (I don't know whether or not
 it is; this is only for illustration purpose). Let's say, MapServer
 utilizes ShapeLib, but doesn't modify ShapeLib, but uses ShapeLib as
 is. Let's say, MapServer's creator decides to make millions off of
 MapServer, Inc. He is under no obligation to release the source code
 of MapServer, but he is obligated to release the source code of
 ShapeLib, which is no big deal, because the source code of ShapeLib is
 already available to anyone.

 On the other hand, let's say, ShapeLib is modified to perform better,
 or differently, for MapServer. Now, there is an obligation to release
 the source code to the modified version of ShapeLib no matter what the
 value of that value-added might be. That is what the GPL obligates.
 MapServer itself is still governed by whatever license that its
 creator decides to apply.


  Also take into consideration development platform/language.
  My group (MapWindow project) has a number of people using our GIS SDK for
  commercial applications in the .NET platform. MapWindow is licensed under
  MPL 1.1 which supports commercial usage.
  Dan
 
  On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 7:07 AM, Nenad Milasinovic
  nenad.milasino...@zesium.com wrote:
 
  Hello,
 
  I am interested is there any reliable open source, LGPL licensed GIS SDK
  or library suited for building commercial, platform independent GIS
  application on top of it.
  I am also interested for commercial solutions but only as SDK or
 library.
  I will appreciate any help.
 
  Best regards.
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Call for Software demos -OSGIS 2009

2009-03-24 Thread Daniel Ames
Suchith,

I'm writing to let you know that (although I haven't been in contact!) I'm
still planning to come to the conference on June 22 and do the MapWindow
workshop. Have you got a schedule together yet for this? I wonder if I
should give a short talk too during one of the paper sessions? What are your
thoughts? Also what help do you need with the conference?

- Dan



On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 8:50 AM, Suchith Anand 
suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk wrote:

 Dear colleagues,

 We are inviting contributions for software demonstrations of open source
 GIS technologies from interested people and organizations for OSGIS
 2009. Interested participants should submit an abstract description of
 the Open source software demos (maximum 500 words) to
 suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk before 30 March 2009.

 Details and registrations information at
 http://www.opensourcegis.org.uk/

 The OSGIS UK 2009 software demos will be presented at an separate
 session to the conference audience. Please contact me for any
 information needed.

 Best wishes,

 Suchith Anand

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Can we use a LiveDVD for workshops and labs at FOSS4G 2009?

2008-10-20 Thread Daniel Ames


 projects that are Windows based to gain exposure (like MapWindow, which
 almost certainly increased its user base as a result of a strong
 conference presence).


Very true. We actually got a conference spike in downloads and also in the
number of *.za people on our mailing lists. I'm a believer in conferences.
Thanks for all your work on the last one, Graeme

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts

2008-10-07 Thread Daniel Ames
Another consideration: my students who attended last week said that the mix
of GISSA with FOSS4g was EXCELLENT.  The really liked having the business
GIS users/non-FOSS people there. In fact, doing a joint conference like this
gave the FOSS folks lots of great proselytizing opportunities that they
wouldn't otherwise have. So that was a GREAT idea the South Africa group
had.  Good job.
One more thing... We should be careful talking about having conferences
closer. Come on folks, as geo-people you all know that closer is
relative to your datum...  There is a huge growing GIS interest in China
right now. Wouldn't it be cool to have FOSS4g there one year?

So a public Thanks to the SA organizers, and a Good luck! to the
Aussies... and as for 2010?  Anyone interested in Beijing? How about Idaho?
:)

- Dan



On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 8:42 AM, Gavin Fleming [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 This thread has been doing the rounds on the conference_dev list as well

 Some of my thoughts in the aftermath of FOSS4G 2008.

 I have heard very positive feedback from all quarters. As Arnulf alluded
 to in the AGM, I believe the decision to host in an 'untested' location
 WORKED. The mix of FOSS and proprietary worlds WORKED. The mix of the
 full-spectrum ecosystem from geek to user to academic to businessperson
 to government official WORKED.

 It WORKED on so many levels we'll be seeing positive spin-offs for years
 to come.

 Business people loved meeting developers and picking up the sense of
 community.

 Developers loved being with other developers and interacting with users
 and funders.  And we did manage a code sprint of around 40 people.
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G2008_CodeSprint

 Cost:
 -Registration was well within the limits set by OSGeo of $600. It was
 NOT the deciding factor for most people. Academics and students got 50%
 discount, but these were a minority.
 -Travel was THE deciding factor.
 -Accommodation: yes, 'official' hotels where our agents got block
 bookings were not exactly budget prices (global tourist destination in
 high season) but we advertised and listed many links for organising
 one's own cheap accommodation from backpackers to BBs. So that should
 not have been a factor.
 -with more sponsorship we would have loved to support those who could
 not afford it. Luckily many who asked made a plan of their own.

 By its nature, a moving conference will be expensive to get to from many
 places. But it will be cheap and accessible to regional attendees and
 that's the point. That's part of OSGeo's mission.

 The value of bringing FOSS4G to South Africa (or Sydney or other future
 global venues) far outweighs the 'cost' to a few who could not make it.
 Sydney will be in the same boat next year - far from almost everywhere.
 But they're already focussing on Australia/NZ and Southeast Asia. And a
 core contingent of OSGeo techies WILL make it to FOSS4G each year. And
 there you have the magic mix.

 So, from me:
 -keep FOSS4G roaming the globe annually
 -stimulate and support local or regional events whenever and wherever
 they emerge
 -keep the FOSS4G mix as it is - don't split along a perceived
 technical-business divide.
 -put out RFPs even earlier to allow time to secure cheap venues, big
 sponsorships, optimal scheduling, etc. A case in point is
 http://www.igarss09.org/ where the conference was awarded years back
 enabling the hosting of thousands at a cheap venue (university).

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Newbie Question? Any feature for classification?

2008-04-14 Thread Daniel Ames
Saka,

Feel free to browse the MapWindow forums here: www.mapwindow.org/phorum and
possibly post your question there.  We have a very large .NET open source
GIS developer community there who may be able to help.

Dan

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 Hi all.
 I'm new to this mailing list. I want to write a program in .NET
 environment and i need some classes to do feature classification.
 I mean getting a point shape file, classifying it based on a Z value and
 convert it to raster.(some kind of Interpolation)

 Anyone knows anything open source to do this?
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Buttons

2008-03-03 Thread Daniel Ames
Arnulf,

Thanks for the clarification on the logos.  I was hoping to prompt this
topic thread with my posting. Also useful would be some guidelines on how
and where OSGeo logos can be used on other web pages, particularly in light
of the self selection/opt in membership approach.

Are all members (i.e. anyone who registers on osgeo.org) allowed to use the
OSGeo logo on their project/personal/corporate web pages to help identify
their interest in OSGeo?  Should the logo be linked to a particular page on
osgeo.org? Should the original logo be used or some modification of it?

Thanks,

Dan

On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 4:10 AM, Arnulf Christl 
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 On Sat, March 1, 2008 01:40, Daniel Ames wrote:
  Tyler et al,
 
 
  I just ran across this previous post about specialized OSGeo logos for
  members, supporters, etc. to place on their respective web sites. Not
 sure
   if there is still such a need, but here is an attempt:
 
  http://www.hydromap.com/download/OSGeoMemberLogos.zip
 
 
  Dan

 Hi,
 these logos must have slipped my attention. We should not circulate them
 any further to maintain a clean brand.

 Current OSGeo policy does not differentiate outside recognition of members
 and charter members so that we do not have a need for separate logos.
 Charter members are only required internally for votes into the board of
 directors.

 It has been discussed that the OSGeo logo should be available with an
 additional tag line Sponsor. It seems that the need to differentiate
 between graduated and incubating projects is not seen as that important.

 Jeroen will send a new set of logos around anytime soon. We should discuss
 them at the next meeting.

 Best regards,
 Arnulf.

  On Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 10:42 AM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) 
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  On 17-Oct-07, at 2:53 AM, Mateusz Loskot wrote:
 
 
  Hi,
 
 
  Do we have anything like official OSGeo banners or buttons
  members can put on their website?
 
  Not really, but we do have need for a few different variations of
  them. They can built on top of the OSGeo logos (http://osgeo.org/logos)
 
  Specifically I've been wanting to have ones for:
  * Member
  * Charter Member
  * Supporter
  * Sponsor
  and probably some more...
 
  Any volunteers to do up some prototype buttons or badge graphics?  :)
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Buttons

2008-02-29 Thread Daniel Ames
Tyler et al,

I just ran across this previous post about specialized OSGeo logos for
members, supporters, etc. to place on their respective web sites. Not sure
if there is still such a need, but here is an attempt:

http://www.hydromap.com/download/OSGeoMemberLogos.zip

Dan

On Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 10:42 AM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) 
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 On 17-Oct-07, at 2:53 AM, Mateusz Loskot wrote:

  Hi,
 
  Do we have anything like official OSGeo banners or buttons
  members can put on their website?

 Not really, but we do have need for a few different variations of
 them. They can built on top of the OSGeo logos (http://osgeo.org/logos)

 Specifically I've been wanting to have ones for:
 * Member
 * Charter Member
 * Supporter
 * Sponsor
 and probably some more...

  Any volunteers to do up some prototype buttons or badge graphics?  :)

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Case studies for migrating to Geospatial FOSS?

2008-01-30 Thread Daniel Ames
Cameron,

What type of a document are you looking for? In other words how much detail
and what focus?  We might be able to find something that exists with respect
to this EPA effort, or we could perhaps put it together.

Dan

On Jan 29, 2008 1:10 PM, Cameron Shorter [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Dr Dan Ames,

 Gary suggested that you might be able to provide a case study or similar
 into the EPA's migration from ESRI to Open Source.
 Specifically I have some Australian Government Agencies who would be
 interested to use such work, and in general, such case studies would be
 very beneficial for the uptake of Open Source globally.

 Gary Watry wrote:
  Contact Dr. Dan Ames at Idaho State University
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  - Original Message -
  From: Cameron Shorter
  Date: Monday, January 28, 2008 22:11
  Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Case studies for migrating to Geospatial
 FOSS?
  To: OSGeo Discussions
 
 
  Yes Gary, that would be great. Do you know where we can find
 information about this?
 
  On Jan 29, 2008 2:07 PM, Gary Watry wrote:
 
  Would the U.S. EPA moving from ESRI to Open Source for their
 
  Watershed model help
 
  - Original Message -
  From: Cameron Shorter
  Date: Monday, January 28, 2008 21:39
  Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Case studies for migrating to
 
  Geospatial FOSS?
 
  To: OSGeo Discussions
 
 
  After giving a presentation recently about Geospatial Open
 
  Source, we
  were asked whether there have been any case
  studies on migration to
 
  Geospatial Open Source.
 
  The audience were very sympathetic to Open Source, but felt is
 
  would  be much easier to sell to upper management if they could
  draw upon
 
  experiences of other agencies who have done something similar.
 
  Can anyone point me to reports, or programs which have
 
  migrated from
 
  ESRI/Oracle applications (ArcGIS in particular) to Open Source
  equivalents?
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal Now Available

2007-05-16 Thread Daniel Ames

This may be a good time to mention a thread that Tyler and I discussed
a month ago with respect to the OSGeo Journal.

I suggested that we explore the option of having 2-4 peer reviewed
science type journal articles in future editions in addition to the
project updates and other types of articles, and I volunteered to help
coordinate the peer-review process. I'd be interested to know what
others think of this.  Would anyone else find it useful to have a
FOSS4G oriented  peer-reviewed journal article outlet? Anyone else to
volunteer for a peer review process? (Tyler are you still interested
in this idea?) - Dan

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 On 15-May-07, at 1:06 PM, Helton Uchoa wrote:

  Is there any information about permission for publish in another
  language?

 Good question.  Before I tackle the republishing rights question, I'd
 like to know if there are any others out there who are hoping to
 translate some/all of the Journal?

I think I can work together with Helton in the Portuguese translation.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal articles and preparation

2007-04-02 Thread Daniel Ames

Tyler, We've just finished a research paper that reviews the OGC Web
Processing Service protocol and provides some suggested improvements and an
example implementation.  Is the OSGeo Journal ready for this type of entry?
- Dan

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Contributors to the upcoming release of the OSGeo Journal (formerly
called the Newsletter) have been hard at work and we starting to
wrap up draft versions.

This is the last call for any news tidbits, event summaries or
developer announcements about open source software projects.

Drop me a note or add your content to:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Newsletter_Volume_1 and we'll be in
touch.

Deadline for all submissions is the end of the month.

If you want to plan ahead, you are welcome to add yourself to the
list of contributors for the next volume:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Newsletter_Volume_2
Of particular interest are interviews and case studies.  Dates for
next volume have not been set.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: FOSS4G 2007 Workshop Submission

2007-03-29 Thread Daniel Ames

Paul and others,

I too was disappointed to be in the 22 of 34 workshop proposals that were
turned down and would like to suggest that the conference organizers
re-think the approach to include more workshops.

At FOSS4g2006, I found the workshops to be perhaps the most useful element
of the conference.  For a highly technical meeting, the value of a 1.5 to 3
hour hands-on workshop versus a 20 minute pre-canned powerpoint presentation
can not be overstated.

Our project (and I suspect many others) has tried to embrace the concept of
the FOSS4g venue as an alternative to hosting our own separate conference.
Certainly this concept was encouraged by last year's conference organizers.
However for this to work there needs to be the opportunity to present our
workshops.

May I suggest the following two changes:

1) Reallocate time for more workshops.
2) Let the registrants decide which workshops stay.  In other words, post a
list of 34 workshops and keep only those that meet a minimum number of
committed/paid attendee registration fees.

I suspect that every one of the 22 rejected workshop proposers could argue
that they easily meet all of the four criteria listed here:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/FOSS4G2007_Workshops#Criteria_used_by_the_workshop_committee_to_review_workshop_submissions

Hence letting the broader community vote with their registration dollars
would seem to be a more free and open approach.

It would be unfortunate to see this as the beginning of a general culling
process where instead of trying to attract new projects, the FOSS4g
community begins to become more exclusionary.

Dan

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Jeroen,

I appreciate your frustration, and I know it is shared by many
others, as only 12 of the 34 3-hour workshop submissions could be
hosted.  The criteria the workshop committee used in their evaluation
are here:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/
FOSS4G2007_Workshops#Criteria_used_by_the_workshop_committee_to_review_w
orkshop_submissions

All the committee members ranked the submissions on those criteria
and the rankings were averaged.  Two workshops in the top 12 that
were topic duplicates were removed and the next-lowest-ranked non-
duplicates were moved up.  It appears that being on the committee is
no guarantee of satisfaction with the final result. The average of a
bunch of lists people want is a list that no one is 100% happy with.

Paul

On 28-Mar-07, at 10:36 PM, Jeroen Ticheler wrote:

 Dear people,

 Thank you for your information. I have to say I find that pretty
 frustrating and annoying knowing that GeoNetwork opensource is one
 of the incubator projects of OSGEO, the number of OSGEO projects is
 (still) limited and FOSS4G is the OSGEO conference.

 Participating with the project in OSGEO has multiple reasons, one
 of them being that it provides opportunities to work on synergies
 and work on marketing the OSGEO software stack. Now how does the
 intent of OSGEOs mission fit with refusing a (single) workshop on
 one of its projects. Maybe I miss something, but I'd assumed there
 was at least some kind of a relation!?

 Looking forward to some good feedback and discussion on this, also
 on the OSGEO mailing list as I consider that discussion very
 relevant in the further development of outreach strategies for
 ourselves and the OSGEO foundation through conferences.

 Core question:

 Should OSGEO projects have guaranteed workshop and presentation
 space for at least one session?

 Regards,
 Jeroen

 On Mar 28, 2007, at 5:58 PM, FOSS4G 2007 wrote:

 Dear Jeroen Ticheler,

 We regret to inform you that we will not be able to accept your
 Half Day
 workshop, Using the GeoNetwork opensource Spatial Data Catalog,
 for the
 FOSS4G 2007 program.  We had a very large number of submissions
 this year, and
  have been able to accept less than half of them
 .

 We hope you will consider bringing some of your ideas to the
 conference in the
  form of a presentation. The Call for Presentations is currently
 open, and
 there is room for 120 presentations at the conference this year
 .

 http://www.foss4g2007.org/presentations

 Yours,

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: FOSS4G 2007 Workshop Submission

2007-03-29 Thread Daniel Ames

Jody and others,

Thanks for all of the interesting discussion.  I must admit it's hard to be
too critical of the conference committe having not volunteered to
participate on it (maybe next time?).  So thank you to all who are working
on this.  I also understand that any kind of review process is challenging
and will have detractors.

To answer your question, yes.  The MapWindow community is fully behind the
development focused workshops since 80% of our active users are developers
using our libraries.  How many of them are coming to Victoria, I don't
know.  I told Paul that we have so far had about 200 click throughs on our
FOSS4G 2007 logo on the MapWindow.org home page, so the presumption is that
some of these folks will attend, tell their friends, and so forth.

Maybe some of Franks suggestions could be considered.  If not this time,
then perhaps next year?
Again thanks to those of you who volunteer so much time to give open source
geospatial software a fighting chance.

Dan



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Correction :-)
 Hi Daniel -

 I agree that workshops are the most valued part of the conference; I
 was a bit sad personally to do some more developer focused workshops
 (but looking at the target audience for the conference I did not
 expect any such applications to be successful).
I was sad *not* to do some developer focused workshops. I am a developer
and frankly I need more developers on the different open source projects
I am involved with. I would like nothing more then to set up a workshop
to inspire and involve new contributors in lots of 40.

My impression is that conference attendees are looking forward to using
the completed products ;-) Either as part of mash up or in a SDI
Architecture Slot (two very large extremes).

Daniel Ames did your developer community talk about a workshop proposal
with you before you submitted? I know for GeoTools and GeoServer we had
extensive IRC discussions in order to try and choose the right mix (and
not overlap).

As for any play time with developers (new and old) I am saving my
energies for the code sprint.
Jody


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