[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 06:41:58 PDT 2016


Ah okay I get it - so you would like a representative (like with
LocationTech). I totally respect that, a person is more useful than
memorandum of understanding.

Keep in mind that the foundation (not just the board) already has you as a
point of contact with QGIS. You are already an officer of the foundation -
about as official as it gets (indeed you have ability to act that a board
member does not).

On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:16 AM Tim Sutton <tim at kartoza.com> wrote:

> 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> wrote:
>
>> Dear board,
>>
>> The QGIS community is asking OSGeo to provide a representative to become
>> a voting member of the new QGIS.org <http://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 <http://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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