[Board] Activity update
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Thu May 17 11:23:55 PDT 2007
Here's a brief update for you about what I've been up to.
Location Intelligence conference
In April I attended this conference, at the event we had a good open
source showing: Autodesk donated booth space, the booth had many
visitors, four of us did presentations, and there was a good mixer
discussion/social after the event that help people cross-pollinate
with attendees from the AAG and Web 2.0 meetings happening nearby at
the same time.
While in the San Francisco area I also met with several people from
Autodesk, including their legal, marketing and education
departments. One of the more interesting areas was around
educational material. There is some potential that we could have
access to their educational material for remixing with an open source
MapServer Meeting, Brasil
The conference planning team flew me down to be the keynote speaker
at this event. They took me around to see several potential venues
for hosting FOSS4G 2008 - they will submit a proposal - but even if
they don't win their next event will likely have a broader mandate
than just MapServer and probably bring in more than the 300
participants they had this year. There are also many interested in
forming an OSGeo local chapter. This is a very well organised group
and was encouraging to see.
For more see: http://www.osgeo.org/tyler/brasil
This effort has been the main use of my time over the past month.
I'm editor in chief and was responsible for pulling together
contributors, editors and much more. In the end it took much more
time than I had anticipated, largely due to my learning curve with
the layout language and making some layout changes. More volunteer
editors in the future will help. Many people are excited about this
venue for promoting, teaching and communicating amongst the
communities. The Journal was released this week and has already over
800 downloads in 2 days.
For more see: http://www.osgeo.org/journal/volume1
I've been working with Jeff Mckenna to get a file management tool up
and running for his conference-related documentation. Also I've
implemented several website changes for handling/storing a document
Naturally there are also hundreds of emails and other conversations
that I'm working with to help
Next up... charter membership nominations and voting, then board
elections as well.
If you are considering resigning from the board and/or would like to
put yourself up for re-election on the board, let me know. That will
save us from having to use a totally random methodology to remove
some of you from the board.
Then I'm onto 501c3 prep and to get my head into fundraising mode.
I'm not planning on any big trips during the rest of May/June so that
I can focus on these items instead of worrying about event planning.
I would like to take a week off in June for some holidays though.
Hope this helps,
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