[Board] Board Meeting Reminder

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Fri Feb 8 02:00:45 PST 2008

Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Folks,
> Jeff's email about the conference reminded me that I meant to send out a
> board meeting reminder yesterday.  Well, anyways, tomorrow (Friday)
> we have a board meeting at the usual time:
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=2&day=8&year=2008&hour=16&min=0&sec=0 
> Agenda at:
>   http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Thirty_Third_Board_Meeting
> There are four routine approvals required.  Incubation graduations of 
> FDO and GDAL as well as the conference selection for 2009.  These are all
> recommended by the pertinent committees.

I will probably not be able to join the board meeting today. Do we have the possibility to give the vote to a proxy (I can in the OGC but maybe I am mixing up things)? If yes I would like to give my +1 vote for incubation of GRASS, FDO and GDAL and the conference selection of Sydney to Frank Warmerdam. 

If you do not reach quorum and it is by all means required that I mumble "plusonearnulf" four times on the phone please call me on the mobile at 17:30 sharp (thats halfway through the meeting). I will then leave my meeting for 5 minutes and mumble from the restroom. 

> We have discussion on the officer issue.  I'll try and summarize some of
> the feedback from the foundation mailing list on this in a separate 
> message.

I like most of the feedback and am agnostic to any decision on this behalf. I do think that we need to put more focus on the local chapters. I believe that they are one of the most important achievements that OSGeo can put forward. It is something that Apache does not have and where they are no help to us.

> I'm hoping for a FOSS4G 2008 contracting and budget status review from 
> Paul.
> Note, we have not yet approved any budget for FOSS4G 2008 and the LOC isn't
> really supposed to be spending money and stuff to any degree till that is
> accomplished.

I would add that we should nudge FOSS4G 2008 into more action. Just yesterday came a mail from Gavin to Tyler an myself requesting for hekl with the i18n module of their conference software. If that is the blocker I suggest that OSGeo help them to get going by either hiring someone and pay for it or by diverting some of Tyler's and _wolf_'s time. 

> Also, we are to review the SPD Prioritization proposal.  Feedback has been
> sought from the discuss list, the Marketting committee and the Incubation
> committee.  Not really that much feedback received except from Arnulf, and
> that mostly about other aspects of the SPD than the prioritization aspect.
> So I'll be requesting a vote of board support for the appropriate 
> proposed in
>   http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/SPD_Prioritization
> Following that the issue will revert to webcom responsibility.  Board
> support is being sought because of the sensitive issues of prioritization,
> what is a contributor and sponsor recognition.

+1 one this proceeding too (if this becomes a motion and a vote is required). 

I suggest to call the new Mailing List "OSGeo-Coopetition" or simply "Coopetition" but this can be discussed elsewhere or within WebCom, I just wanted to prevent it from being called SPD because that is one of our two major political party in Germany and might cause unintended confusion (http://www.spd.de/). 

> If anyone has other items for the Agenda please add them in the wiki and
> let us know if we need to prepare at all.
> Best regard,s

Best regards, 

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