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March 12th, 2017 20:00

Update sponsorship instructions to restrict search engine optimization companies

Jody Garnett
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Sponsorship is as much about promoting the open source organizations that participate in our community as about raising money.

We have set a very low bar of $500 USD for bronze sponsorship (this was done to support "small business" consulting companies that would normally be priced out of sponsorship promotions.

One aspect we did not for see was the attraction this low price point had for organization that are not part of our open source spatial target we wish to promote: 2016 sponsors in this category include search engine optimization companies ChameleonJohn and Dealslands; and sharepoint/exchange/desktop hosting Apps4Rent (hard to tell if they do open source).

Aside: We need to do a better job promoting small business and single-person consulting companies; if bronze sponsorship at $500 is not the answer we should seek out a conversation with these members.

Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett March 12th, 2017 20:02

From Anita:

Acceptance of sponsorship offers is at the discretion of the QGIS PSC. We reserve the right to decline offers of sponsorship if the sponsoring organisation or party seems to be at odds with the ethos of our project. For example offers from marketing companies that have nothing to do with GIS / spatial services, or offers where we have reason to believe the presence of the sponsors logo and marketing materials on our site and other materials will degrade the experience of our users will be declined.​
(http://qgis.org/en/site/getinvolved/governance/sponsorship/sponsorship.html#qgis-sponsorship-program​)

Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett March 12th, 2017 20:07

I would really like some text (such as Anita provided) before we can have a motion - since I am not sure how to handle this one.

The page http://www.osgeo.org/sponsorship already lists "why sponsor osgeo":

  • Your Organization Depends on OSGeo Software
  • You represent a Community of Practice that has Adopted OSGeo Software
  • Your Goals are aligned with OSGeo's Support for Open Standards and Other Prioritie
  • Demonstrate Your Leadership in Open Source Geospatial Technologies
  • Benefit from Sponsor Networking Opportunities

Perhaps can use the above list when saying no (at our discretion) to explain why some organizations are off topic?

Sanghee Shin

Sanghee Shin March 13th, 2017 02:14

+1 I believe we've already had great sponsorship condition like above. We can apply that principles to those who wants to be a OSGeo sponsor.

Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett March 13th, 2017 03:56

So let's try a variation on Anita's text:

Acceptance of sponsorship offers is at the discretion of the OSGeo board. We reserve the right to decline offers of sponsorship if the sponsoring organisation or party seems to be at odds "why sponsor OSGeo" section above.

We could go with a negative example:

For example offers from marketing companies that have nothing to do with GIS / spatial services, or offers where we have reason to believe the presence of the sponsors logo and marketing materials on our site will degrade the experience of our users will be declined.​

Or a positive example:

Sponsorship is an opportunity to promote gis consultants, spatial service vendors, educational institutions, government departments, and non-government organizations that make benefit from our work. Organizations that have nothing to do with GIS and spatial services will be declined.

The above was hard to write as I would like to extend sponsorship to more then just spatial service vendors as shown in the QGIS example.

Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett started a proposal March 14th, 2017 03:41

Clarification on why off-topic sponsorship will be declined Closed 8:01pm - Saturday 18 Mar 2017

Outcome
by Jody Garnett April 25th, 2017 05:50

Sponsors page updated: http://www.osgeo.org/sponsorship

Based on the discussion please approve the following clarification:

Why sponsor OSGeo

  • Your Organization Depends on OSGeo Software: ...
  • You represent a Community of Practice that has Adopted OSGeo Software: ...
  • Your Goals are aligned with OSGeo's Support for Open Standards and Other Priorities: ...
  • Demonstrate Your Leadership in Open Source Geospatial Technologies: ...
  • Benefit from Sponsor Networking Opportunities: ...

Sponsorship is an opportunity for OSGeo promote gis consultants, spatial service vendors, educational institutions, government departments, and non-government organizations that make benefit from our work. Organizations that have nothing to do with GIS and spatial services will be declined.

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Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett
Agree
March 14th, 2017 03:44

initial proposal, if you want to suggest a wording change please add to the discussion on the left.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith March 14th, 2017 11:08

I like the variant on Anita's text. It remains our discretion.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith
Agree
March 14th, 2017 11:09

Helena Mitasova

Helena Mitasova
Agree
March 14th, 2017 14:41

Maria Antonia Brovelli

Maria Antonia Brovelli
Agree
March 14th, 2017 19:31

Angelos Tzotsos

Angelos Tzotsos
Agree
March 14th, 2017 22:54

Venka

Venka
Agree
March 15th, 2017 00:20

Sanghee Shin

Sanghee Shin
Agree
March 15th, 2017 08:46

Anita Graser

Anita Graser
Agree
March 16th, 2017 09:35

Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett March 17th, 2017 19:34

@vasilecraciunescu if you have a moment I would like to write this up (having to update the pages anyways due to inconsistencies).