[OSGeo-Announce] Elections results and new GRASS GIS PSC

Victoria Rautenbach victoria.rautenbach at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 20:51:41 PST 2021

*[Online version of this announcement:
item by Verónica Andreo     *

*New GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee*

By the end of last year, the GRASS GIS project called for PSC members
election. A total of 13 GRASS GIS contributors were nominated by the
community to cover the nine PSC positions.

After the election itself, the new GRASS GIS PSC is composed of the
following nine members ranked by number of votes:

Markus Neteler (95)
Anna Petrášová (88)
Helena Mitášová (86)
Martin Landa (83)
Verónica Andreo (76)
Moritz Lennert (74)
Václav Petráš (68)
Michael Barton (58)
Huidae Cho (56)

For completeness, all relevant candidacy communications, as well as details
about the voting process, have been published at:

On behalf of the GRASS GIS project, we would like to thank Hernán De
Angelis who agreed to serve as Chief Returning Officer (CRO) and all
community members for their participation. Furthermore, we want to
acknowledge the contributions of former PSC members and all nominees. The
development of GRASS GIS is a collective effort and we are all part of it
regardless of our role. So, CONGRATS to everyone!

*New PSC chair person*

There’s yet one more change to report. GRASS GIS PSC has a new chair
person: Veronica Andreo. She works as a researcher in Argentina focusing on
environmental drivers of vector-borne disease outbreaks and works primarily
with satellite imagery and GIS-based time series analysis. For years, Vero
has been very active in the GRASS GIS project, especially with documenting
complex topics in a user friendly way, testing, development of the new
website, coding of addons, outreach, social media and more. She regularly
introduces GRASS GIS to new users and teaches introductory and advanced
courses and workshops. We thank Vero for accepting this challenge!

We want to acknowledge and thank Markus Neteler for his enormous efforts
and passionate work on pushing the GRASS GIS development for more than 20
years. While Markus was re-elected as PSC member, he preferred to pass on
the position of chairperson to a new PSC member. Markus is one of the long
runners in the project, as he already started to discover the software in
1993 as a student. In 1998, he set up a “European GRASS site” at the
University of Hannover, which evolved into an international development
team. From manual source code management, he was part of the journey to a
modern, GitHub-based development system including code quality testing.
Markus is known to be active in conferences, code sprints, bug fixing, user
support, infrastructure management, project and release management, etc. He
will continue to do so!

*PSC roles & tasks*

In addition to the chair role, in the first PSC meeting, we have defined
some basic areas/tasks and PSC members responsible for them:

   - Treasurer - Moritz
   - Release manager - Markus, Martin
   - Infrastructure manager - Markus
   - Translation manager - Huidae
   - Website & Marketing manager - Michael, Vero
   - Github manager - Vaclav

Of course, everyone is invited to join and contribute in these and other
areas: https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/PSC/Roles.

*The GRASS Development Team, Feb 2021*
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