[Board] Heads-up: plans for OGC/OSGeo Board meetup

Ian Edwards iedwards.pub at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 05:58:14 PDT 2013

Hi Jeff,

Assuming I can solicit an invitation... I would like to join you at the
joint OSGeo/OGC dinner (paying my own way of course).

The conference falls at an ideal time to reflect on OGC's Ideas4OGC
process[1], and I have a strong feeling that there are opportunities to
build on our 2008 MoU to the benefit of both communities.

We have a place holder for a BoF session early on Friday 20th to get more
open discussion and feedback[2], but one of the outcomes from Wednesday
evening may be that we would like to make use of other opportunities during
the FOSS4G week.

Many thanks,


Ian Edwards,

[1] http://external.opengeospatial.org/twiki_public/Ideas4OGC/LeaderShip

On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM, Jeff McKenna
<jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>wrote:

> Hi Jeremy, Board,
> Oh ok, I didn't know that you are not on the Board list.
> I myself don't have a ticket for the ice breaker, so I am confirmed.
> Including Daniel and Frank (emailed me directly), we'll likely have
> between 4 and 8 OSGeo Board members there.  I also want to include
> Arnulf, who has been a constant driving force between uniting OGC-OSGeo.
> (Jachym, I'm not forgetting your potential inclusion either)
> I would say to reserve a table for 20 (12 OGC Board members, plus
> roughly 8 OSGeo reps).
> I would then estimate a cost of roughly 35pounds each (inc a drink, and
> tip), which would mean approx 1100 USD (or 550 USD each for OSGeo and
> the OGC).
> If the Board is interested, I would make a motion to approve the use of
> $550 maximum for an OGC-OSGeo meetup.
> General reaction by the Board?
> As Daniel pointed out, there is already an OGC-OSGeo meetup planned for
> Friday morning (I was already confirmed for attending that):
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2013_BirdsOfAFeather#OGC.2FOSGeo_meet_up
>  It could be that the OSGeo Board decides as a group to attend that, and
> not set aside funding for a separate meetup.
> Speak up as Jeremy needs our thoughts now.
> -jeff
> On 2013-09-03 8:21 PM, Jeremy Morley wrote:
> >
> > Jeff,
> >
> > Note that I'm not on the board mailing list so it may be only you who saw
> > the original email - it may be useful to be able to post to the list for
> > this conversation, otherwise please relay my messages.
> >
> >
> > Anyway, yes, the current plan is that there's this relatively formal
> > get-together with the OGC board (12 of them, I think) at 7pm on the
> > Wednesday (18th) as a dinner in the hotel restaurant. The cost is
> £24/head
> > for the three course meal, drinks additional, but including VAT (our
> sales
> > tax).
> >
> > There is the FOSS4G ice breaker at the same time - I don't know (meaning
> I
> > don't know, rather than "I don't think it is") if this is the sort of the
> > thing the OGC Board would want to attend. The OGC guys aren't registered
> > at the conference generally (their meeting is separate on the Thursday)
> > and so they'd have to buy ice breaker tickets (as would you guys). There
> > was also some suggestion of a half-way house of a drinks reception for
> the
> > two (or three including AGI) groups.
> >
> > In the end I'm pretty neutral about this. It seems to me that for a
> formal
> > "meeting of minds" such as this it does really need to be done in a more
> > private space than the ice breaker to allow discussion to properly
> happen.
> > The aim isn't just to party together is it? This seems to be the sort of
> > thing that board members of organisations are there for, for diplomatic
> > talks with other organisations. It may therefore be something that one or
> > both organisations or else their representative members have to stump up
> > for - we may be able to find a cheaper menu if that's the problem.
> >
> > Still, that's just my view.  The bottom line is that the EMCC event
> > manager and I are running through all the bookings to confirm orders on
> > Monday morning (British Summer Time) and I'll need to know by then what
> > the confirmed plan is. At present I will stick with the meal plan unless
> > told explicitly not to go ahead. I also need to have a reasonably good
> > handle on the numbers attending too, please.
> >
> >
> > With regards, thanks, and some trepidation at the nearness of it all,
> > Jeremy
> >
> >
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