[Board] FOSS4G 2012
jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Jan 20 09:41:47 PST 2012
On 12-01-20 1:36 PM, Michael Gerlek wrote:
> At our December IRC meeting, the board approved Jeff to fly to Beijing
> to get status on event plans. For some reason I don't yet understand,
> it appears Jeff decided not do this, but apparently did not tell the
> rest of the board. (Why that happened will be discussed at the F2F, or
> another thread.)
my reasoning was sent privately to the board this morning. okay, here it
all is (my message below).
On 12-01-20 11:25 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> (to not cause any FOSS4G FUD, sent privately)
> Hello everyone,
> Happy new year to all.
> Some background on my response:
> - after Denver, I took some time away from it all, and came back with a
> proposal to get things moving for FOSS4G (my well documented "advisor
> role", including rates, all there in the OSGeo wiki for the world to
> see). I am extremely proud of that. It was not an easy thing to do. Just
> like the 'OSGeo Teach-in' that never happened, I am very proud of moving
> that forward.
> - the advisor proposal was turned down by the Board
> - my lasting memory of that experience: someone saying "the rates for
> that role are professional rates!?" - am I not a professional? wow. I,
> really am speechless over that one. It was a nice thing to think about
> over the holidays. But thanks, it did give me some focus for 2012 coming
> out of the blocks.
> - since then I have not spent any time on FOSS4G. Some Board members
> don't realize the effort I put into FOSS4G each year to get things
> moving. I've never been the visible lead in an event, but scratch the
> surface, and it was always me setting up mailing lists, getting people
> talking to other people, making sure the FOSS4G brand remains constant
> (Peter: you probably don't even remember, but it was me at the beginning
> arguing with your committee that the ribbon had to be included in the
> logo), installing workshop files for presenters at 6am after arriving at
> midnight, hand holding and guiding the event, but never getting any
> glory. (oh boy, I forgot about all the RFP time, and managing archives
> from past conferences, and getting financial reports)
> - I cannot travel now and "keep the lights on" and keep clients happy.
> It's a sobering realization.
> - I will not be traveling to the Board F2F
> - I will not be traveling in the near future to Beijing
> - I now focus on my usual shtick (MapServer project, etc). And you know
> what? That feels good. I am appreciated and I help the community.
> - I am very happy to see FOSS4G events popping up around the world. It's
> that raw passion that will keep us going. That's what it was when Venka,
> Markus, and I met and discussed joining all communities into a unified
> FOSS4G event in 2004.
> - maybe my future with OSGeo is in the background. I consider myself one
> of the leaders in the FOSS4G community. And I will work to remain there.
> So to answer:
> You are correct that there has not been much FOSS4G progress. I have no
> other update.
> Thanks for listening.
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