[Board] a request for you

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Thu Oct 29 05:50:23 PDT 2015


dear All,
please be informed that Venka, Helena and I had a skype meeting on this
topic and that Venka is going to draft a page on this issue.

So Maria, get in contact with Venka ;-)

Maxi

2015-10-29 13:19 GMT+01:00 Maria Antonia Brovelli <maria.brovelli at polimi.it>
:

> Yes, I shall.
> Give me some time to organize at least a skype meeting among the regional
> chairs.
> Best.
> Maria
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli
> Vice Rector for Como Campus and GIS Professor
> Politecnico di Milano
>
> ISPRS WG IV/5 "Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and Applications";
> OSGeo; ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS AB; NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge; SIFET
> Sol Katz Award 2015
>
> Via Natta, 12/14 - 22100 COMO (ITALY)
> Tel. +39-031-3327336 - Mob. +39-328-0023867 - fax. +39-031-3327321
> e-mail1: maria.brovelli at polimi.it
> e-mail2: prorettrice at como.polimi.it
>
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________________
> Da: Board <board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Jeff McKenna <
> jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
> Inviato: giovedì 29 ottobre 2015 02.16
> A: board at lists.osgeo.org
> Oggetto: Re: [Board] a request for you
>
> Hi Maria,
>
> I am glad that you are very focused on the direction of OSGeo.  That you
> care so much about the foundation, is a good thing.
>
> Speaking of that, 2 days ago the new OSGeo board met for the first time,
> over video and audio, to get comfortable and start getting things done.
>   We are also planning on a 2-day face to face, to tackle some of the
> issues that you mention.  I will start drafting an agenda shortly.
>
> Tomorrow I will also draft the new UN committee page for OSGeo, and put
> out a call for members, which you can also join and share your passion
> and knowledge and effort.  More on that shortly.
>
> You likely are also following closely the sponsor work that is being
> championed by Jody.
>
> I'm happy you are very concerned about the OSGeo board activity.
>
> Actually while I have you here, I would like to put a request to you
> Maria.  Could you clarify the focus of GeoForAll as the OSGeo education
> committee?  There was a request to rename the OSGeo education committee
> as GeoForAll, by Suchith, but there seems to be some confusion as to the
> focus of GeoForAll.  Can you speak with the GeoForAll group and come
> back to the OSGeo board regarding this?  We need to clarify that
> GeoForAll is in fact the new OSGeo education committee.  It is important
> that OSGeo has a strong focus on education.  If you can champion that,
> it would help the OSGeo board a lot.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> -jeff
>
>
>
>
> On 2015-10-28 6:56 PM, Maria Antonia Brovelli wrote:
> > Dear Directors
> > saturday evening I was so lucky to run into a Paul Ramsey's tweet
> related to the mail I had sent some time ago to you (
> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2015-October/013400.html). I have
> to say that I was lucky because I'm not an assiduous frequenter of twitter
> ;-)
> > But this was the occasion to start a (limited) discussion (140-character
> is definitely not enough!) about spending or not spending "our" money and
> how to do that.
> > Paul concluded that "Despite repeated attempt to have plan/policy, OSGeo
> lurches from minor spending kurfuffle to minor kurfuffle. Maybe #future
> better." and I'm sure about the last point.
> > In my opinion OSGeo has to plan at least annually which is the target,
> what we want to reach and (consequently) how to invest the money we have.
> This means also discussing  about volunteer activity and paid work.
> > Just to mention some cases: the activity of the incubator or the SAC's
> activity or communication activities (via social media), or the creation of
> a new website. Do we need to pay someone for working on that?  Some time
> ago we spoke about OSGeo cloud but some people have not experience about
> that, other people have not time, other again have neither time nor
> experience. So, at the end, nothing happened at all.
> >
> > There are also other activities we are not considering at  the moment
> but that can be useful: for instance the production of OSGeo MOOCs (we have
> GeoForAll and therefore experts in education: why not to take advantage of
> these people for producing, as OSGeo,  professional MOOCS?) And why not to
> think about OSGeo summer of code, giving students and young people the
> possibility of implementing pieces of OSGeo software?
> >
> > In my opinion it is the very time of having a clear plan/policy.
> > My proposal to the Board is to analyse the current situation, what we
> want to do and where we want to go and to propose such a plan to the
> community. Once we have decided that,  it would be easier to decide what is
> strategic and what is secondary and how to spend the money.
> > And,at the end, in my opinion, the point is not to spend the money we
> have, but to invest them.
> > But, for doimg that, we need a plan....
> >
> > Thanks for considering my request. I know that it is a huge work but
> designing/proposing strategies is one of your committments and we know that
> you are a wonderful team of Directors!
> > Best!
> > Maria
> >
> > P.S. Obviously I'm available for any discussion, if needed.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----------------------------------------------------
> > Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli
> > Vice Rector for Como Campus and GIS Professor
> > Politecnico di Milano
> >
> > ISPRS WG IV/5 "Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and
> Applications"; OSGeo; ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS AB; NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge;
> SIFET
> > Sol Katz Award 2015
> >
> > Via Natta, 12/14 - 22100 COMO (ITALY)
> > Tel. +39-031-3327336 - Mob. +39-328-0023867 - fax. +39-031-3327321
> > e-mail1: maria.brovelli at polimi.it
> > e-mail2: prorettrice at como.polimi.it
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ________________________________________
> > Da: Board <board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Jeff McKenna <
> jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
> > Inviato: mercoledì 28 ottobre 2015 20.20
> > A: OSGeo Board
> > Oggetto: Re: [Board] sponsorship document
> >
> > Thanks Jody, I have added my name to the working group.  I am moving
> > this to the public discussion (as mentioned on your wiki draft page).
> > As I mentioned offline, I do like giving the small
> > businesses/consultants a more reachable price point than 3000 USD, so I
> > am glad that you have subsequently added a 1k option
> > (http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship).
> >
> > Also, regarding organization size, could you explain this more?  Is this
> > a guideline, or are you proposing that organizations must sponsor
> > according to the number of employees they have?  I'll give you a
> > physical example: for my local provincial non-profit GIS association (I
> > was on their board a long time as well, ha, small world) the lowest
> > sponsor level (bronze) is now 500 CAD.  For many years this was 250 CAD,
> > and it just this went up to 500 CAD this year for bronze.  My company is
> > a bronze sponsor, as well as a huge vendor, which I think is great that
> > both organizations are involved there, I'm happy to see me listed with
> > them.  However, that brings up several issues.  What would happen if we
> > have 1000 USD as the bronze sponsor? (which I cannot afford, so I'd be
> > gone)  What would happen if organization size was <3 for bronze?  That
> > then knocks out both sponsors.
> >
> > Long story short, I do like adding more sponsor levels, especially for
> > the average sized small business (the average business size in my
> > province of Nova Scotia is 1.5 workers).  I like seeing as many logos as
> > possible there, promoting their support for OSGeo.  So I even like a 500
> > USD option.
> >
> > As a side note (yet strongly related), I saw today someone asking about
> > the OSGeo service providers page.  Yes, interesting timing to be
> > mentioning that :)
> >
> > -jeff
> >
> >
> >
> > On 2015-10-27 4:00 PM, Jody Garnett wrote:
> >> You are welcome to take notes/ideas on the
> >> wiki page <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship>, if so
> >> please "join" the working group
> >> <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/2015_Sponsorship_Drive_Working_Group> (by
> >> adding your name to the list) rather than as a board member.
> >>
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