[Board] Fwd: [Qgis-developer] Call for nominations for voting members of the QGIS.org board.

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu May 5 05:16:45 PDT 2016


I wonder who we can ask? I know Larry has been interacting with SAC on
certificate stuff - he may be willing. It may be nice to find a QGIS power
user who could represent us, or someone from education?
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 3:57 AM Anita Graser <anitagraser at gmx.at> wrote:

> Dear board,
>
> The QGIS community is asking OSGeo to provide a representative to become a
> voting member of the new QGIS.org legal entity. Tasks include electing the
> QGIS board and approving the budget. Please find details below in Tim's
> email.
> ​N
> omination ends on Wed 11 May. I think it would be great if someone from
> the OSGeo board volunteers. Since I'm on the QGIS PSC, I think someone else
> should be the OSGeo representative.
>
> Please let us know if there are any questions.
>
> Best wishes,
> Anita
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Tim Sutton <tim at qgis.org>
> Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:56 PM
> Subject: [Qgis-developer] Call for nominations for voting members of the
> QGIS.org board.
> To: QGIS Developer Mailing List <qgis-developer at lists.osgeo.org>, QGIS
> Translation Discussions <qgis-tr at lists.osgeo.org>, qgis-community <
> qgis-community-team at lists.osgeo.org>
>
>
> Dear QGIS Community members
>
> As many of you will be aware, in this last year we have been embarking on
> the process to transition from a loose-knit community organisation to a
> more formal organisation. This new organisation ‘QGIS.org
> <http://qgis.org>’ will be a legal entity and will afford us a greater
> amount of flexibility in how we manage funds, legal agreements and so
> forth. You can read the statutes for the QGIS.org <http://qgis.org> organisation
> at [0] below.
>
> Under the statutes of the new organisation, there will be one user group
> voting member put forward for each registered user group (user group
> registration page is here [1]). For each user group voting member we will
> have a community voting member elected. In addition there will be one
> voting member from the OSGEO leadership. It is probably best explained by
> way of a simple (contrived) example:
>
> 1) The Martian user group puts forward Joe Alien to be their QGIS User
> Group Voting Member.
> 2) QGIS committers put forward nominations for a matching Community Voting
> Member from within the community. Community member with the highest number
> of nominations is elected. Only people with git commit rights to an
> official QGIS repository or write access to the QGIS translation platform
> on transifex can put forward nominations. Nominated person can be any
> person from within the QGIS community who is willing to serve as a voting
> QGIS community member.
> 3)  The Moon user group puts forward Janet Luna to be their QGIS User
> Group Voting Member.
> 4) QGIS committers again nominate a matching Community Voting Member
> 5) OSGEO puts forward one person to act as the OSGEO voting member.
>
> Voting members will elect the QGIS Board, Board Chairman and approve
> budgets and the annual report. Once elected, the board will make day to day
> decisions on behalf of the project as needed. The OSGEO voting member will
> also serve to ensure that there are always an odd number of voting members
> to avoid deadlocks. Voting members will be confirm their
>
> Since we are bootstrapping the QGIS.org <http://qgis.org> organisation,
> we have not yet elected any voting members. Currently there are 10 QGIS
> User Groups registered [3], thus we would like to invite all people who
> have Git commit access to any official QGIS repo, or transifex write access
> to make their nominations for their community voting members. The 10
> consenting nominees with the highest number of nominations will be
> appointed as community voting members.
>
> We will close the
> ​​
> nomination period on Wed 11 May if at least 10 unique persons have been
> nominated, otherwise as soon as 10 unique persons have been nominated.
>
> We will maintain a list of the QGIS Voting Members on the web site for
> public viewing.
>
> After all of the voting members have been elected they will be asked to
> elect the members of the board. Board members need not be voting members,
> any QGIS community member can be elected to the board. For formation of the
> new board, existing PSC members will automatically be nominated and the
> community voting members can also put up additional nominations. We would
> then put the election of the board members to a vote (maintaining the same
> number of members as are currently in the PSC for now). Once the board has
> officially been elected, the voting members can then select a chair for the
> board. Note that all voting will be done electronically via an online form.
>
> By this process we will have a democratically elected board entrusted with
> stewardship of the new QGIS.org <http://qgis.org> Organisation.
>
> Each year we will hold an annual general meeting and voting members can
> elect a new chair, or re-elect the existing chair. Similarly on a
> rotational basis, board members will be up for re-election each year. If
> things are a little unclear above, I have made a simple diagram which
> hopefully clarifies things (see [4] below). Note that Gary Sherman (QGIS
> project founder) is board member emeritus and this will not be up for
> re-election as he has life long tenure on the board.
>
> So if you are eligible to nominate voting members (i.e. you are a
> committer on any official QGIS repo or a Transifex author), please head
> over to the link provided in [2] below and make your nomination!
>
> [0] Statutes:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FcChHYgoI4FlURrZRYBjD8kB6IBW_BaG0Ieg8TDT0pM/edit?usp=sharing
> [1] User group registration: http://goo.gl/forms/6cBt8w97VC
> [2] Community voting member nominations form:
> http://goo.gl/forms/vkoYZkE03C
> [3] Registered User Groups:
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wte5pfcpOeZ1bfBUn7KJuYzw31_rtKyGqciBPW3RXwg/edit?usp=sharing
> [4] Organisation and voting process diagram:
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__vDnQXCKiwdWMxQlN4X1BvZDg/view?usp=sharing
>
>
>
>
> ---
>
> *Tim Sutton*
> QGIS Project Steering Committee Chair
> tim at qgis.org
>
>
>
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