[Mapserver-ottawa] Re: [OGUG] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Creating a new "local-osgeo-chapter" (LONG)

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at dmsolutions.ca
Wed May 31 08:08:58 EDT 2006

I don't see the need to differentiate the Ottawa groups - MapServer Ottawa
is not just "major players", or "commercial oriented".  If we can also
toot our own horn, don't forget that it was the hard hard work of
MapServer Ottawa members that brought the community the first ever Open
Source GIS conference - and the momentum they created is still carrying on
to Switzerland this year.

This joining-forces idea is to create more local interest in FOSS4G.


> In respects to merging the GRASS and Mapserver groups this would be an
> interesting discussion to open up. These are some fundemental
> differences I see between OGUG and OMSUG. I could be very wrong due to
> incorrect perception but it is my perception.
> ---------
> Community oriented: Mainly volunteers that have jobs using non GRASS
> projects
> Project Oriented: We are working on building FREE local datasets from
> GRASS and releasing under PGL
> Introduction: Trying to break into the community exposing open source as
> a viable GIS option
> Desktop GIS and analysis: This is what GRASS is good at
> ----------
> Commercial Oriented: Mainly people working in comercial applications of
> mapserver
> Networking and information oriented: Mainly a chance for the major
> players to share ideas and discuss development
> Support oriented: Helping people push the bounds of the current
> technology and drive its future growth through support
> Web Applications: Showing data

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