Update sponsorship instructions to restrict search engine optimization companies
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 started a proposal March 14th, 2017 03:41
Clarification on why off-topic sponsorship will be declined Closed 8:01pm - Saturday 18 Mar 2017
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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