[OSGeo-Board] German OSGeo Chapter formation, bank account
arnulf.christl at ccgis.de
Mon Aug 21 08:42:45 PDT 2006
> Hi Arnulf,
>> Torsten Brassat consented to continue doing the paperwork involved for
>> time being.
>> I motion to appoint Torsten Brassat as treasurer of the German Local
>> Chapter banking account (formally he would be a sub-treasurer of Gary?).
>> What else do we need to do?
> I think you have to move a motion about
> German OSGeo Chapter at the next BoD
sorry, this was a short cut skipping six corners. Lets go step by step
I will add the formation of the German Chapter as agenda item for next
board meeting (will that be on 2006.09.01?). We will try to have
everything prepared by then so that we can motion and approve at the
board meeting. Ideally we are ready to go for FOSS4G to recruit members,
this is a good opportunity to get Austrian and Swiss German speaking
people on board as well.
> The OSGeo Local Chapter Guidelines
> stipulates that
> ""OSGeo Chapter" should propose an official representative to liaise
> with the OSGeo Board. If accepted by the board, the representative will
> be an officer of OSGeo."
1. "OSGeo Chapter" should self-organize (for instance in the OSGeo
wiki, via OSGeo mailing list, etc), seeking to determine if a critical
mass of interest exists to justify a chapter.
Currently we have 15 members who are prepared to do some work, they are
There is a mailing list at discuss-de at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org
which was set up to organize the Intergeo 2006 Open Source park,
subscribers are more or less identical to the Chapter member list. We
have set up a German language MapServer list some time ago which already
has a few hundred users, plus around 150 from the German Mapbender
Community. Lacking a generic FOSSGIS list in German language both lists
discuss issues not related to either Mapbender or MapServer. This kind
of discussion could move to a dedicated German lang OSGeo list.
I'll check back with both lists to see whether we can inspire some to join.
2. "OSGeo Chapter" should prepare a mission and objectives
indicating the scope of the planned chapter (geographic or linguistic
extent for instance).
The mission is based on the goals of the guidelines. The scope is to
reach German speaking users, administrations and companies, organize and
operate an annual OSGeo conference, make OSGeo appear at major events,
for example Intergeo, AGIT, maybe CeBIT.
3. "OSGeo Chapter" should propose an official representative to
liaise with the OSGeo Board. If accepted by the board, the
representative will be an officer of OSGeo.
I will have to check back with Torsten whether he accepts a nomination.
Step 4 involves officially applying to form a committee and step 5 is
approval by the board.
Then - we can start to think about having a separate account. We will
need it by the end of the year, so its just fine if Gary could find out
what needs to be done. In the worst case we must even create a legal
entity. There must be others who have the same problem. Or is this one
of the many spatial peculiarities that make OSGeo different to other
> The German OSGeo Chapter could propose Torsten Brassat as
> a representative and he could become OSGeo VP, German Chapter
> Prof. Rongguo Chen was proposed as a representative by
> China OSGeo chapter and has since been appointed as
> VP, China Chapter.
> Maybe a VP could take up additional responsibility as
> sub-treasurer if the BoD decides so.
> Kind regards
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