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

Dirk Frigne dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Mon Jul 24 05:42:00 PDT 2017


Suchith,

Thank you for your nice words ans your support,

"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."

Some actions are taking place already to accomplish these goals. The aim
of OSGeo Europe is to saveguard the valorisation and the sustainability
of the results we obtain due to these H2020 projects.

f.i. the GiCases H2020 project [1], but also the GeoSkills Plus Project,
2015 [2], and more ...

With OSGeo-Europe vzw[3] we have boots on the ground in Europe to
officially represent the idea's we stand for. GeoForAll is very
important for OSGeo for the future capacity building of skilled GeoICT
resources that can contribute to the current and future projects.

Please don't hesitate to ask for help anywhere we can and make the
difference!

Dirk

[1] http://www.gicases.eu/
[2] http://www.geoskillsplus.eu/

On 2017-07-23 08:47, Suchith Anand wrote:
> 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,
> 
> Suchith
> 
> 
> ________________________________________
> 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.
> 
> Y.
> 
> 
> 
> Envoyé depuis mon smartphone Samsung Galaxy.
> 
> -------- 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
> INSPIRE
> 
>     * 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
> chapters
> 
>     * 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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Yours sincerely,


ir. Dirk Frigne
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