[Board] [OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Cameron Shorter

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Fri Aug 3 05:31:12 PDT 2012

On 12-07-30 7:50 AM, Seven (aka Arnulf) wrote:
> I personally believe that face to face meetings are really important and
> help to get things done. The F2F situation simply requires us to
> specifically focus on OSGeo. We are all highly busy people and this is
> one of the few chances where we can really collaborate intensely and
> this invariably brought us the best results.
> But again - not being able to attend should not be a blocker for
> somebody interested in running for the board. There are many things that
> need to be done in preparation for an F2F and conference calls can help
> to bridge the gap. It helps even to have only half the directors in one
> place and the others join in remotely. Still better than all dispersed.


I don't see Cameron's nomination in the list posted for the vote this 
morning at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Member_Nominations_2012

Is it that he explicitly refused his nomination or just that you and 
Cameron didn't get the feedback you expected in order to make a decision?

My take is that F2F meetings are important and useful, but not a 
show-stopper if a director is able to contribute in other ways (which I 
have no doubt Cameron could do). As long as we can still get at least 
quorum at the face to face meeting, and the rest joins via 
teleconference for instance then the F2F would still be useful.

However, monthly IRC/voice meetings are very important and must be 
attended by all board members as much as possible, and we've 
demonstrated in the past that holding meetings with participant from all 
around the globe is possible.

I personally think it is fair for a candidate to state that he/she could 
not travel, as long as he/she is willing and committing to make the 
monthly IRC board meetings, and then we can let the charter members 
decide with their votes if they want this candidate or not, taking in 
consideration the travel limitations vs his/her profile and his/her 
possible contributions to the board.

All this to say that I was hoping to see Cameron's nomination to be 
included for the elections and would like to know why he was not included.


Daniel Morissette
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