So the proposals have been received for code4lib 2010 hosting. Sometime soonish voting will open to the community, with the last day of voting traditionally being the end of the 2009 conference. If you have an interest in attending Code4Lib 2010, consider voting.
I suspect many voters evaluate the proposals solely based on where they’d like to visit. While I like visting a fun city as much as the next geek, I’d suggest that the primary thing for consideration should be who can put on the best conference. As Code4Lib matures, the conference gets somewhat more complicated to run, with higher expectations, and it’s all volunteer labor organizing it, so these proposals are really proposals to donate a bunch of time to the community!
A secondary consideration might be geographic diversity, if we made everyone from the west coast fly cross country this year, good not to do it again. (I hate flying cross country, myself).
On that basis, I favor the Columbus OH proposal. No, Columbus isn’t top on my vacation destination list either, but the fact that five different mature organizations are all offering to collaborate to host (with letters of organizational commitment from directors) suggests to me that they are going to be most capable of putting on the best conference without driving themsevles crazy. Also, while still in the generally eastern half of the country, at least it’s not on the east coast.
Also, I confess, that I like the idea of bringing a couple hundred open-access-crazy code4lib geeks right into OCLC’s house.
The geographic thing hurts the Asheville proposal in my book. They also haves several organizations cooperating to host with organizational commitment, which is a key plus for me. And I’ve always wanted to visit Asheville, never been. But I don’t want to make west coasters come all the way cross country again.
Austin also has two organizational co-hosts, a planning committee signing the proposal, and Austin is always fun (even in February), and is the western-most proposed location; Austin would be a fine choice too. Madison, with only one organizational sponsor and one individual signing the proposal fares worse in my organizational capacity checklist, although I do find Madison an enjoyable place to visit.
But really, they’re all pretty solid proposals. My pick is Columbus though, with Austin a close second followed by Asheville. All seem pretty affordable locations, which is key, although Asheville and Madison lack an ‘international’ airport (ie, with a decent number of direct national flights, in the argot of airport categorization), which is problematic for travel. Austin and Columbus have major ‘international’ airports. (Getting to Athens GA was a pain, although once there the location was just about perfect! I still dream of the UN-style tiered seating in that location, which was just perfect. If anyone can offer that, they’d have my vote in a second.)