[Board] Kicking off Elections 2015 process

Vasile Craciunescu vasile at geo-spatial.org
Fri Jun 19 01:15:24 PDT 2015

Hi Jeff

Thanks! Waiting for the credentials.


On 6/18/15 7:24 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi Vasile,
> I've filed a ticket to add you to the cro@ alias
> (https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/1510).  Jorge will also send you
> credentials for the LimeSurvey instance.
> -jeff
> On 2015-05-25 5:52 PM, Vasile Craciunescu wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> With a little bit of help from Jorge and the community I can take this
>> responsibility (or parts of the work).
>> Best,
>> Vasile
>> On 5/25/15 10:32 PM, Jorge Sanz wrote:
>>> El 25/05/2015 18:20, "Jeff McKenna" <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
>>> <mailto:jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>> escribió:
>>>  >
>>>  > Hi Board, all,
>>>  >
>>>  > I'd like to make sure we begin the OSGeo Elections process, for both
>>> Charter members and Board members.
>>>  >
>>>  > I've added this to the next Board meeting agenda, but, we
>>> shouldn't/can't wait that long to begin, so, here are some tasks:
>>>  >
>>>  > 1. Ask for volunteer to manage the 2015 Elections process
>>>  > ---------------------------------------------------------
>>>  >
>>>  > This is for the CRO (Chief Returning Officer) position[1].  Jorge did
>>> a great job last year, and setup an electronic voting system that will
>>> likely be used again this year.  Do we have any volunteers for this
>>> year?
>>>  >
>>>  > Note that what I found worked well last year, was Jorge as CRO but
>>> having at least 2 others CC-ed in the cro@ alias, I think it was Jachym
>>> and myself, to follow along and help where needed.  It is a big task for
>>> one person.
>>>  >
>>> Hi,
>>> I won't run this year for the CRO role. Last year I worked on July and
>>> August on a reduced schedule that allowed me some time to work for this
>>> task. This year, on the contrary, as I changed my job, I won't have that
>>> and besides frankly, it's really consuming most of my time and energy so
>>> I can't see myself on that duty again.
>>> On the other hand it's my second year serving on the Board. If I run
>>> again for the reelection I can't be the CRO anyway.
>>> The biggest issue as a CRO is during the charter member nominations,
>>> every nomination takes several tasks that seed to be done to assure the
>>> nominee is accepting, the wiki is well feeded with the supports and all.
>>> I will volunteer as CRO "backup". As Jeff said, it's a also a very
>>> important role, much needed because we are humans and errors happen so
>>> having someone looking on your shoulder is really appreciated. I will
>>> help and assist also on the voting system, it's in fact the easiest part
>>> IMO.
>>> Actually I'm thinking that during nominations we don't need to put all
>>> the work in just one person. Tracking the nominee, the wiki edits and
>>> all can be shared over more than one people. Maybe we can use Trac for
>>> this? Just taking ideas from top of my head
>>> Later when the nomination is finished yes, just one person in charge of
>>> the voting process is OK I think.
>>> I remember Eli giving good advice for the process, by the way. I'd love
>>> to hear ideas or comments on how to make this easier and reproducible.
>>>  >
>>>  > 3. Decide on 2015 Selection Process
>>>  > -----------------------------------
>>>  >
>>>  > To refresh everyone's memory, last year we (Board) modified the
>>> selection process[3] for Charter members; but in my opinion we made a
>>> mistake with the voting change of "Each candidate with more YES votes
>>> than NO votes, and greater than 5% of voting charter members voting YES
>>> for them, will be included as new charter members."
>>>  >
>>>  > What I saw was, for the first time in OSGeo history, strategic
>>> nominations by certain projects, for relatively unknown community
>>> members; the result was that all 64 nominations were accepted as Charter
>>> members.
>>>  >
>>>  > For 2015, I am proposing we make 1 change, instead of the 5%
>>> acceptance, change that to 50% or greater voting YES.   Such as:
>>>  >
>>>  > ***
>>>  > Each candidate with more YES votes than NO votes, and greater than or
>>> equal to 50% of voting charter members voting YES for them, will be
>>> included as new charter members.
>>>  > ***
>>>  >
>>> I agree with this change and share Jeff views about being a little bit
>>> more strict on the support requested by the membership.
>>> Cheers
>>> Jorge
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Vasile Crăciunescu
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