[OSM-talk] Your chance to host State of the Map 2015

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 08:19:07 UTC 2014

Hi Michael,

The call for venues is opened by the OSMF board not the SotM team (in
reality it is Henk and he sits on both teams).

We've opened it earlier this year due to feedback from SotM Birmingham. At
this stage the most important thing is to demonstrate that you have a local
team able to support. A venue would be great but not essential (hopefully a
year in advance in a large city still leaves lots of suitable venues left).


P.s If it turns out to be too much of a challenge I guess the deadline will
just have to slip back beyond SotM 2014.
On 28 Oct 2014 01:53, "Michael Kugelmann" <MichaelK_OSM at gmx.de> wrote:

>  On 15.10.2014 19:46,  Rob Nickerson wrote:
>   Hi list members,
>  State of the Map conferences are a great way to bring the community
> together, reach out to new members and promote innovation. I am delighted
> to see that the OpenStreetMap Foundation have committed to continuing State
> of the Map in 2015.
> The OSMF annual SOTM complements local SOTMs {EU, US, Scotland, etc} and
> to me one of the big benefits is that the Foundation remains committed to
> taking SOTM to new places. Now it's your chance to host :-)
>  The call for locations for SOTM 2015 is now open:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2015/Call_for_venues
>  So why are you still reading this, get bidding :-)
>  Regards,
>  Rob
>  SotM 2013 (Birmingham) local team
> this email is addressed to the SOTM working group of the OSMF. Maybe "
> team at stateofthemap.org" is the wrong email-adress because I don't want to
> address the persons working at the 2014 conference. But there is no other
> address given at the web page of the OSMF...
> The issue I want to raise: I'm a litte astonished about the timeline given.
> * the CFL was opened on the 15th of October
> * the CFL closes on the 2nd of November
> This is just about two weeks to make the foundations of a big worldwide
> conference??? Don't you think this might be somehow a little short?
> You could argue "you had one year to get things right". OK, but how
> realistic is this? For most of the conferences run voluntarily it is
> difficult to have planings going along longtime in advance, w/o a trigger
> usually nothing starts.
> And If you say "but we want to announce the location for 2015 at the 2014
> conference": then you simply should have opened the CFL earlier...
> Just my 2 cents,
> Michael.
> PS: IMHO 4 weeks seems to be a really good timeframe for a CFL for the
> SOTM...
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