[Board] F2F meeting request

Seven (aka Arnulf) seven at arnulf.us
Tue Dec 13 06:50:09 PST 2011

between 3rd and 5th of February could be a perfect fit for me as I am
about to book flights to and from Vancouver during that time and could
still shift schedules slightly. Earlier is not possible because I will
be in South America from December 28th and all of January. On 1. of Feb.
I will fly to Vancouver and could stay until the 5th (Sun. that weekend)
for an f2f meeting (there or in Seattle). That would be right before the
IslandWood code sprint.

After that I will be in Calgary on March 5th and plan to go back to
Germany but could also go elsewhere in NA on my way back. I have to be
back in Germany on the 19th when FOSSGIS starts.

if you are at home between March 4th and 8th I might come over for a few
days and then fly via Reykjavik to Germany with Iceland Air.


On 12/13/2011 11:19 AM, Jo Cook wrote:
> Hi All,
> A weekend would be better for me, and in terms of booking flights from
> the UK it would be good to get a date asap so I can get the best deal.
> It's looking like around £550 return at the moment for flights in
> January, including my train ticket to get down to Heathrow, according to
> dear old skyscanner.
> Thanks
> Jo
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 8:06 PM, Michael P. Gerlek <mpg at flaxen.com
> <mailto:mpg at flaxen.com>> wrote:
>     Scheduling it over a weekend would be fine with me, I sure we could
>     arrange something.
>     _mpg
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>     Subject: Re: [Board] F2F meeting request
>     On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM, Michael P. Gerlek <mpg at flaxen.com
>     <mailto:mpg at flaxen.com>> wrote:
>     > Having voted down Mark's motion, I feel we need to quickly provide
>     the support and backing required to resolve the question of the NA
>     chapter and conference.  And I continue to think a f2f meeting of
>     the board, as discussed at our meeting in Denver, would resolve this
>     and some of the other long-term issues we have.
>     Michael,
>     Somewhat like Daniel, I think the NA chapter community needs to gel
>     a bit and self-clarify before it is approved as a chapter.  I don't
>     see that the board has a large role in this.
>     There is certainly an outstanding question whether we want a NA
>     conference to be an act of OSGeo global or a more locally organized
>     event and to some extent this is something the board needs to decide.
>     I'm personally in favor of it organizing locally rather than being a
>     direct act of the board or conference committee.
>     > I propose two days during the week of January 23rd, using a hotel
>     at the Seattle airport as the venue.
>     I'm afraid I do not have any vacation days available for such a
>     meeting, and if I did, I'd be holding them for vacationing with my
>     children.
>     I still feel we haven't exhausted less demanding means of working
>     through some issues and I suspect some issues are not going to ever
>     achieve a strong consensus.
>     I know some board members feel we need to dig deep and come up with
>     a common understanding of where OSGeo is going.  I don't actually
>     feel this is necessary and to a large extent I feel that OSGeo will
>     be the sum of what it's devotees make it by pursuering their passions.
>     That said, I would like us to consider where we can apply the modest
>     capacity of the foundation (primarily finanical) to support efforts
>     that are of particular strategic value.
>     For me, three forks along this line that might be useful are:
>     1) Providing support for folks to speak on behalf of the foundation
>     at events of various kinds.  Roughly this is the ambassadorial role.
>      We are certainly dependent on volunteers to actually fill this sort
>     of role effectively.
>     2) Providing support for marketing efforts.  Mostly I see this as
>     funding production and provision of materials including flyers, live
>     DVDs and such for chapters to offer.
>     This would be under the administration of the marketting committee.
>     3) Direct support of packaging the OSGeo suite for strategic
>     platforms.  To me the best leverage for this is the OSGeo4W package
>     and I would love to see something similar for the Mac.  I would like
>     to be able to provide modest financial support for a paid
>     integrator/tester/packager/documenter to push OSGeo4W forward.
>     Best regards,
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