[Board] Welcome to the new Board members

Venkatesh Raghavan raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Sat Oct 10 08:42:05 PDT 2015

Hi All,

My comments inline.

On 2015/10/01 8:16, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> - this brings us to the next meeting.  Does anyone have a problem with 
> the date of 15 October, for the first meeting, held on IRC in the 
> #osgeo channel? (please contact me directly if you need help 
> connecting to IRC)
> - that brings us to the task of picking a meeting time slot.  This 
> could be tricky as we are very spread out now (this is a great problem 
> though!).  Sanghee you will notice on the Board wiki[2] that you are 
> listed in the UK timezone ha, or should we list you in the Korean one? 
> Here is a chart of all of the possible time options for that day the 
> 15th [3]  You can see that actually the best option might be at 14:00 
> UTC, but that is a late 11:00pm in Osaka for Venka and an early 7:00am 
> in the Victoria area for Jody.  Can someone see a better option from 
> that chart (easy on the red and yellow)? If yes please speak up.

11pm Japan time is OK for me.



> - there is already an agenda building for that first meeting[4]. Note 
> that since this is a new Board, the first item on the agenda will be 
> for the OSGeo Board to name a president for 2015/2016 (each year the 
> board must name the president for the upcoming year).  I will of 
> course stand for this again, excitingly, and I am very happy to 
> continue in that role for 2015/2016; actually that would work well 
> with my term on the board, which ends (or is up for renewal) in 
> September of 2016.  Because of this, this first meeting will not be 
> chaired by me (this is from feedback I've received from board members 
> in the past), and that we'll name that meeting chair at the beginning 
> of that meeting, by naming the oldest person in the that meeting as 
> the meeting chair (if I have this rule wrong, please speak up).  But 
> that is the initial plan.
> - the hot issue on the burner is really for the Board to agree on a 
> liability agreement with the FOSS4G-Bonn committee, and I'll be 
> following up on this shortly here (we already have a document draft, 
> but some details need to be clarified).  We really have no choice but 
> to move fast on that as the Bonn team is in full preparations now.
> - before that first meeting, you might check the Board voting 
> procedure[5], which is the usual "+1" "+0" "-1" that you are likely 
> already used to, but it is good to review the exact rules. Also, after 
> an IRC meeting, we will then vote by email on the mailing list on each 
> motion.  Sometimes, for time-sensitive issues, we may also not wait 
> for the next meeting to make a motion (and any Board member can make a 
> motion).
> - I've also added an agenda item to pick 2 days for a Board 
> face-to-face meeting soon.  (do you have an agenda item to discuss?  
> please add it to the meeting page)
> This is a long message I apologize.  I encourage lots of talk, if you 
> have questions let us/me know.  And we have lots of experienced former 
> Board members on this mailing list as well, so everyone can help you 
> get comfortable.
> And thank you for your time and passion, the whole OSGeo community 
> appreciates it.  Talk soon,
> [1] http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/board_and_officers.html
> [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_of_Directors
> [3] 
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meetingtime.html?iso=20151015&p1=43&p2=49&p3=1234&p4=286&p5=157&p6=671&p7=207&p8=1091&p9=259
> [4] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2015-10-15
> [5] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Voting_Procedure
> -jeff

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