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

Anita Graser anitagraser at gmx.at
Wed May 11 13:54:55 PDT 2016


If everyone agrees with Mike volunteering as a voting member, I'd like to
communicate that back to the QGIS PSC.

Best wishes,
Anita

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 2:16 AM, Helena Mitasova <hmitaso at ncsu.edu> wrote:

> Following Jody’s suggestion, I am taking this discussion to the public
> board list.
> I have no objections to Mike serving as OSGeo representative on the
> QGIS.org board.
> Thank you Michael for volunteering for this position,
>
> Helena
>
> > On May 9, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Anita Graser <anitagraser at gmx.at> wrote:
> >
> > Mike,abstaining from votes would kind of defeat the purpose of the OSGeo
> vote serving as a potential tie breaker if the two other represented groups
> would disagree on a decision.
> >
> > I'm fine with taking this back to public, I actually missed the exact
> point when this went to private ;)
> >
> > Best wishes,
> >
> >
> > On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:11 PM, Michael Smith <
> michael.smith.erdc at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Anita, if that is your only concern, the just abstain from that vote. I
> thought there were other reasons. But you are by far the best person for
> this position. I just didn't want to leave it uncovered.
> >
> > Michael Smith
> > Remote Sensing/GIS Center
> > US Army Corps of Engineers
> >
> > On May 9, 2016, at 4:50 PM, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Before informing Tim should we run this chat on the public email list?
> >>
> >> On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:04 PM Anita Graser <anitagraser at gmx.at> wrote:
> >> Thanks Mike,
> >>
> >> That would be great if you could be the OSGeo representative. My main
> concern and reason why I wouldn't want to serve as the OSGeo representative
> at this point is that one of the first tasks will be to "reconfirm" the
> current PSC as QGIS.org board and it would be weird to vote for myself.
> >>
> >> If there are no objections, we could inform Tim and the others that
> Mike will be voting as the OSGeo representative.
> >>
> >> Best wishes,
> >> Anita
> >>
> >>
> >> On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 4:59 PM, Michael Smith <
> michael.smith.erdc at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> If you read the request, they wanted someone other than Anita for this
> >> position.
> >>
> >> I'm getting near the end of my term, but I'm planning on running again
> and
> >> I can certainly volunteer for this if no one else has a deep interest in
> >> this.
> >>
> >> Mike
> >>
> >> --
> >> Michael Smith
> >>
> >> Remote Sensing/GIS Center
> >> US Army Corps of Engineers
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 5/9/16,  10:56 AM, "Venkatesh Raghavan" <
> raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> >I think Anita who is active in the QGIS community
> >> >will be excellent to as an OSGeo Board Representative in the
> >> >QGIS PSC.
> >> >
> >> >Best
> >> >
> >> >Venka
> >> >
> >> >On 2016/05/09 23:53, Dirk Frigne wrote:
> >> >> To pick this up before May 11...
> >> >>
> >> >> Shouldn't we agree to nominate somebody of the board?
> >> >>
> >> >> Anita, as you proposed the question, is it a good idea to nominate
> you?
> >> >> Or do the committee prefer a none PSC member of QGIS?
> >> >>
> >> >> I think QGis is a very important community and a close relationship
> with
> >> >> OSGeo is very important, so I think we certainly should answer this
> >> >> question.
> >> >>
> >> >> Dirk
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> >> >> Subject:     Re: [Board] Fwd: [Qgis-developer] Call for nominations
> for
> >> >> voting members of the QGIS.org board.
> >> >> Date:        Thu, 05 May 2016 13:41:58 +0000
> >> >> From:        Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com>
> >> >> To:  Tim Sutton <tim at kartoza.com>
> >> >> CC:  osgeo-board List <board at lists.osgeo.org>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> 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
> >> >> <mailto:tim at kartoza.com>> wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >>      Hi Jody (resending as my tim at qgis.org <mailto: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
> >> >>>      <mailto: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
> >> >>>          <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 <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 <http://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>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>          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_BaG0Ieg
> >> >>>8TDT0pM/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_rtKyG
> >> >>>qciBPW3RXwg/edit?usp=sharing
> >> >>>          [4] Organisation and voting process
> >> >>>          diagram:
> >> >>>
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__vDnQXCKiwdWMxQlN4X1BvZDg/view?usp=sh
> >> >>>aring
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>          ---
> >> >>>
> >> >>>          *Tim Sutton*
> >> >>>          QGIS Project Steering Committee Chair
> >> >>>          tim at qgis.org <mailto:tim at qgis.org>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
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> >> >>>      --
> >> >>>      --
> >> >>>      Jody Garnett
> >> >>>      <qgis_icon.jpg>
> >> >>      —
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>      *Tim Sutton*
> >> >>
> >> >>      *Co-founder:* Kartoza
> >> >>      *Project chair:* QGIS.org <http://qgis.org>
> >> >>
> >> >>      Visit http://kartoza.com <http://kartoza.com/> to find out
> about
> >> >>      open source:
> >> >>
> >> >>      Desktop GIS programming services
> >> >>      Geospatial web development
> >> >>      GIS Training
> >> >>      Consulting Services
> >> >>
> >> >>      *Skype*: timlinux
> >> >>      *IRC:* timlinux on #qgis at freenode.net <http://freenode.net>
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >>      Kartoza is a merger between Linfiniti and Afrispatial
> >> >>
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> --
> >> Jody Garnett
> >
>
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