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Re: On future conferences

From: Tatsuo Ishii <ishii(at)sraoss(dot)co(dot)jp>
To: ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org, i-kaori(at)sraoss(dot)co(dot)jp
Subject: Re: On future conferences
Date: 2006-09-22 12:34:56
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If you guys don't mind to have the conference in Japan next year, I
would like to start discussions with JPUG/community/business people if
we could do anything for this.

What do you think?
Tatsuo Ishii
SRA OSS, Inc. Japan

> Hi all,
> Some of you will know that this summer's conference in Toronto was
> mostly successful (we've been struggling with some blockers on
> putting up all the conference materials, but I have been assured
> several times that that state of affairs will end in the next few
> days).  Some of you will also know that we did some work to try to
> find out what sort of future conference, if any, was desired by the
> community.
> Based on the feedback we received, the community apparently wants a
> combined user/hacker conference: that is, a conference that combines
> the PostgreSQL-server developer tracks we saw at this year's
> conference with some user-focussed items similar to what one might
> find at typical database conferences for users.
> Such a conference is not free to put on, of course, and actually
> requires a considerable amount of money in order to make it both
> successful and accessible to community members.  This year, we were
> successful mostly because of the generosity of our many corporate
> sponsors; we are thankful to them.  This conference was necessarily
> planned to be smaller than a combined conference would be, so we can
> anticipate that a future conference would require more money than the
> money required by the 2006 conference.
> Those who are in charge of the funds currently held by Software in
> the Public Interest have a number of other projects besides a
> conference they are hoping to support in the upcoming year. 
> Accordingly, the group has reached a consensus that 2007 is too soon
> to plan to fund another conference.  Accordingly, the 2006 conference
> committee is not planning to try to organise a conference for 2007. 
> We believe that it would be in the best interests of everyone to plan
> for a biennial conference, if we wish to have a repeating series,
> rather than an annual one.  So, in the unlikely event you were
> holding your breath waiting for the announcement of next year's
> conference, wait no more.
> Best regards,
> Andrew Sullivan
> (2006 PostgreSQL Summit committee chair)
> -- 
> Andrew Sullivan  | ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca
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