[OSGeo-Conf] Code of Conduct

David William Bitner bitner at dbspatial.com
Thu Jan 8 08:22:04 PST 2015

Dear Conference Committee,

It has recently been brought to my attention by a member of our community
that she noticed the absence of a Code of Conduct for the upcoming Seoul
FOSS4G. I took this as a huge sign that the work that has been done by LOCs
in recent FOSS4G, regional OSGeo events, and other technology and geography
events towards encouraging diversity and a welcoming atmosphere to all is
indeed being noticed. I have also been excited to see based simply on the
measure of gender diversity that the numbers of female speakers has been
steadily moving up over the past couple years.

I would like to encourage the Conference Committee (and I am volunteering
to do much of the leg work) to provide guidelines for implementing a Code
of Conduct at events for all FOSS4G/OSGeo related events and to include
diversity initiatives as part of future calls for proposals for the
international event.

While I believe it is too late for the conference committee to make any
mandates to the Seoul team, is there anyone who knows the folks on the LOC
that would be willing to help me reach out to explain the importance of
these initiatives?



David William Bitner
dbSpatial LLC
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