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

Tim Sutton tim at kartoza.com
Thu May 5 06:16:13 PDT 2016


Hi Jody (resending as my tim at qgis.org address is not registered on the board list).

> On 05 May 2016, at 14:16, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 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?


Just for a bit of back history: The thinking behind having an OSGEO voting member was to try to maintain close ties with the OSGEO board even as we become an independent (from OSGEO) legal organisation. So I would think ideally it would be an OSGEO board member and yes having insight into the QGIS community would be helpful. The engagement would be pretty low on the nominated person - primarily to vote to approve / disapprove the QGIS annual budget and report, and to vote in (or out :-P) members of the QGIS board.

Regards

Tim

> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 3:57 AM Anita Graser <anitagraser at gmx.at <mailto: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. ​Nomination 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.
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> Please let us know if there are any questions.
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> Best wishes,
> Anita
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Tim Sutton <tim at qgis.org <mailto: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 <mailto:qgis-developer at lists.osgeo.org>>, QGIS Translation Discussions <qgis-tr at lists.osgeo.org <mailto:qgis-tr at lists.osgeo.org>>, qgis-community <qgis-community-team at lists.osgeo.org <mailto:qgis-community-team at lists.osgeo.org>>
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> 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.
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> 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:
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> 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
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> 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.
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> 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!
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> [0] Statutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FcChHYgoI4FlURrZRYBjD8kB6IBW_BaG0Ieg8TDT0pM/edit?usp=sharing <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FcChHYgoI4FlURrZRYBjD8kB6IBW_BaG0Ieg8TDT0pM/edit?usp=sharing>
> [1] User group registration: http://goo.gl/forms/6cBt8w97VC <http://goo.gl/forms/6cBt8w97VC>
> [2] Community voting member nominations form: http://goo.gl/forms/vkoYZkE03C <http://goo.gl/forms/vkoYZkE03C>
> [3] Registered User Groups: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wte5pfcpOeZ1bfBUn7KJuYzw31_rtKyGqciBPW3RXwg/edit?usp=sharing <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 <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__vDnQXCKiwdWMxQlN4X1BvZDg/view?usp=sharing>
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