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

maria.brovelli at diiar-topo.polimi.it maria.brovelli at diiar-topo.polimi.it
Thu Sep 12 00:21:21 PDT 2013

Dear Jeff
I'll attend, if possible.

Please let me know what I have to do to "register" for the dinner.
Obvioulsly I pay (to be frank my - not requested opinion - is that  
everybody has to pay). For discussing with people it is not necessary  
to have a dinner. A dinner is something more ...


Def. Quota Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>:

> Hi Suchith,
> I am glad you will be attending.  I bet that most of the OSGeo Board
> members have no idea of the wonderful progress that the ICA-OSGeo Labs
> is making, especially the work that Luis at the OGC is making through
> his OGC Schools on github idea (I am happy that I got to hear him
> introduce this at the last meeting).  Suchith I hope that you can talk
> more of this with the other Board members during this dinner.
> -jeff
> On 2013-09-10 10:18 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:
>> Hi Jeff,
>> I would also like to join this (and will pay my costs) as it will  
>> be good opportunity to discuss and build more  ideas and plans on   
>> education synergies between OSGeo and OGC.  As you know, through  
>> the ICA-OSGeo Labs initiative , we are working with Luis (OGC) on  
>> his excellent OGC Schools at GitHub idea. Many thanks.
>> Suchith
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org  
>> [mailto:board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Jeff McKenna
>> Sent: 10 September 2013 14:07
>> To: osgeo-board List
>> Cc: Jeremy Morley
>> Subject: Re: [Board] Heads-up: plans for OGC/OSGeo Board meetup
>> Hi Ian,
>> You are encouraged to join, thanks, it will be great to have you there.
>>  I can even see you leading some of this discussion, as I can tell  
>> that you have passion for the OGC relationship. Please come along.
>> Also Arnulf, can you make it to this on Wednesday night?
>> -jeff
>> On 2013-09-10 9:58 AM, Ian Edwards wrote:
>>> 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
>>> Ian Edwards,
>>> OSGeo UK
>>> [1]
>>> http://external.opengeospatial.org/twiki_public/Ideas4OGC/LeaderShip
>>> [2]
>>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2013_BirdsOfAFeather#OGC.2FOSGeo_mee
>>> t_up
>>> On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM, Jeff McKenna
>>> <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com <mailto: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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