[Board] Fwd: Official expression of interest forming a European Chapter

Maria Antonia Brovelli maria.brovelli at polimi.it
Sun Jul 23 02:59:39 PDT 2017

Thank you, Dirk. In order to prepare for the Board discussion, in my opinion it is good to know what the European Local chapters think about that and how they want   the relationships between their local Chapter and the European one to be.

Just a simple example: is a member of a local chapter also a charter member of Eu Chapter? Or we will have a complex structure where local chapter members can be not Eu charter members but charter members of OSGeo as a whole?

In my opinion we have to discuss those details, in order not to create confusion for the future. I imagine that sooner or later also America and Asia will do the same. We have to define guidelines enough flexible but also enough clear for everybody.

In this discussion the people of the local chapters can help. Thanks if they want to contribute.

Happy Sunday!


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Oggetto: Re: [Board] Fwd: Official expression of interest forming a European Chapter

Thank you Dirk and all who are working on this excellent initiative. OSGeo Europe chapter will be great help for GeoForAll's aims to expand INSPIRE  training programs,  European curriculum development activities and capacity building for administrations moving to open source geo.

I really hope this initiative get strong support and help from OSGeo Board and start working soon.

Best wishes,


From: Board <board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of yjacolin <yjacolin at free.fr>
Sent: 22 July 2017 11:10 AM
To: dirk.frigne at geosparc.com; board at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [Board] Fwd: Official expression of interest forming a     European        Chapter

I was not at the bof unfortunately but following the discussion between osgeo-fr, osgeo-be and osfeo-nl last day I am in favour of such local chapter to improve collaboration between local chapter.

So this is my +1.


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-------- Message d'origine --------
De : Dirk Frigne <dirk.frigne at geosparc.com>
Date : 21/07/2017 16:43 (GMT+01:00)
À : board at lists.osgeo.org
Objet : [Board] Fwd: Official expression of interest forming a European Chapter

Following the BOF of 19 July 2017, we decided to resend our officially
express of interest to form a European Local Chapter.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Official expression of interest forming a European Chapter
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 15:33:24 +0200
From: Dirk Frigne <dirk.frigne at geosparc.com>
Reply-To: dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Organization: Geosparc
To: board at lists.osgeo.org <board at lists.osgeo.org>

Dear OSGeo Board,

Reason for my mail is to officially express our interest to form a
European local chapter of OSGeo.

1. self-organise

Since the conference in Bremen in 2013, thoughts and ideas where
exchanged to organise OSGeo more on a European basis. The Industry group
was started, a platform of people supporting the idea arose, but there
was no real initiative for action.

This year we (OSGeoEU in formation[1) have the ambition to organise a
legal entity OSGEO-EU to create a stronger software group in Europe to
defend the rights of open source from the perspective of the
Geo-ecosystem. We want to announce this chapter on the FOSS4G 2016
conference [2].

In preparation for this official expression of interest, a couple of
meetings have already taken place. A physical BOF @FOSS4G 2014 in
Bremen, several mails and discussions, a BOF @FOSS4G 2015 in Como and
physical meetings (last one at the GWF 2016 conference).
An extract of the meeting report of this last meeting, written by Till
Adams and send to all the local chapter representatives of Europe:

"Marc Vloemans, Gert-Jan van der Wejden (both from local dutch chapter),
Dirk Frigne (from local chapter Belgium and OSGeo board member) and
me-myself-and-I, Till Adams (from german speaking local chapter FOSSGIS
e.V.) met end of May after Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam. We
discussed about the potential and the need to have an European local
OSGeo chapter, which is not "above" the local chapters and which does
not overtake tasks, that are already well covered by OSGeo.org, but that
overtakes different, special European-related tasks and challenges, that
aren't already covered by local chapters or by OSGeo.org itself. "

In the past there where already some OSGeo EU activities, organised as
European FOSS4G conferences, and further specific activities are planned
(f.i. the Topic talk at the FOSS4G 2016 conference: "become INSPIRE'd by
OSGeo" about the opportunities the INSPIRE directive can bring to OSGeo
members and the organisation of community effort around specific EU needs.)

Please find our ideas and plans in the OSGeo WIKI [1].

2. mission objectives

After discussion amongst the active local chapter members we come to the
following list of mission objectives:

    * Community-building and networking around specific European themes

    * support the European OSGeo members using FOSS4G software, help
them to organise and bring into contact with governmental agencies and
research institutes. Help them with European funded projects.

    * encourage interoperability in European projects

    * support European open standards and European directives such as

    * provide support for the use of OSGeo software in education via
European curriculum development, outreach, and capacity building

    * to encourage communication between the different European local

    * to encourage different communities to work together where relevant

    * Organisation of events

    * Networking with other typically European organisations and groups
(notably OSM, JRC, European projects, FIWARE, EUROGI, SMESpire, ... )

4. List of initial members:

The European OSGeo Chapter has the support of the following initial
founding members (alphabetic - first name):

    Dirk Frigne - Vice president
    Vasile Crăciunescu - board member
    Jáchym Čepický - Secretary of OSGeo
    Stephan Meißl - charter member
    Till Adams - charter member
    Marc Vloemans - Charter member
    Markus Neteler - Charter member
    Jorge Gustavo Rocha - Charter member

5. May I kindly ask the OSGeo Board to consider passing a motion forming
the European chapter, and designating Dirk Frigne as the liason officer.

[1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Europe
[2] http://2016.foss4g.org

Yours sincerely,

ir. Dirk Frigne
CEO @geosparc

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