[OSGeo-Discuss] Project representation at Intergeo

2009-08-31 Thread Arnulf Christl (OSGeo)
Folks, we have yet again invested lots to make the Open Source Park possible at Intergeo [1] and it is starting to look really good. This year we managed to get sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)[2]. The date of the Intergeo is nearing quickly but several

[OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
In the past I've hired some people for contract or consultant work (both open source projects and more general stuff) -- generally these people have been independent, one-man shops found by word of mouth and reputation, as opposed to hiring someone from an agency. I'm getting pushback now from

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread René A. Enguehard
Well, the small business I work for has the professional liability type of insurance. Additionally, the IEEE offers professional liability insurance at a pretty low cost, or so I'm told. I'd imagine many of the members subscribe to that form of insurance, otherwise it wouldn't be offered. I

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Landon Blake
Michael, I've been toying with the idea of doing some side work in the GIS arena as a sole-proprietor or an S-Corp. In either case, if I move forward with this, I would carry some basic business insurance. Having said that, I can tell you I found it difficult to find a professional liability

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Miles Fidelman
For what it's worth, I believe IEEE offers a professional liability policy to members. If it's in line with their other insurance, the price will be reasonable (I've carried their life insurance for years, and their medical policy when I was out on my own for a while). I wouldn't be surprise

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Well, this is interesting... I've already received a number of private responses from people who do not have insurance but wish to remain anonymous so their potential employers don't ask about it. Feel free to email me directly with your responses to the below questions, and I'll post a

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Lurkers

2009-08-31 Thread Ravi
Hi, In India, OpenJUMP has a very good following on windows, as it is much simpler than some costly commercial flavors of GIS. They can at best be called as 'passive users', who even do not (care to) know that a list exists on the internet. Some Indian universities have started using OpenJUMP

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I've been on all three sides of this issue in Canada as well. 1 - Hiring requirements due to a funding source required insurance prior to letting a contract - so the one man shop we had previously hired had to get insurance to remain working with us (prior to OSGeo, I might add). 2 - I've

[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: FW: Insurance for contractors? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

2009-08-31 Thread Bruce Bannerman
Michael, When I ran my consultancy as a limited liability company, we kept the normal range of insurance policies, including professional and public liability insurance policies. If you wish to be treated as a professional and work for the big end of town, these are a necessary business expense.