[OSGeo-Conf] Code of Conduct

Jachym Cepicky jachym.cepicky at gmail.com
Sun Jan 11 13:00:23 PST 2015

I agree with Cameron's points lower.

I'm also not sure, that the lack of CoC will "lower gender diversity" (do I
assume correctly, number of female attendees will be somehow "lower",
right?) and that it's presence on the web site automatically means
welcoming conference.

Sanghee is writing it perfectly: " No Discrimination, No Harassment are the
baseline morals of our general life to live". He also expresses my
feelings, about cultural context difference. We should try to understand
everybody's cultural context, that's also one of the reason, why FOSS4G is
moving around the globe and we can experience all the various cultural

>From what Sanghee is writing, I have no doubt, LOC will try to make the
conference as open and as welcoming to *everybody* as possible.

Anyway: this e-mail is not about "banning CoC for FOSS4Gs", but asking
question, whether CoC is really *the* thing, which will safe the conference
and guarantee, that everybody will feel great there. Do what you think, is


Thu Jan 08 2015 at 21:12:52 odesílatel Cameron Shorter <
cameron.shorter at gmail.com> napsal:

>  David,
> I'm in favour of a Code Of Conduct, but suggest there should be some
> tweaking of the words (if using https://2015.foss4g-na.org/code-conduct
> text)
> Reasons:
> 1. At the moment, I think some wording is a bit loose, and open to
> misinterpretation between cultures and geographic regions. What does
> "Sexual images" mean? Is it nudity? Does a photo of a field trip with naked
> natives constitute a "sexual image"? Is the clique advertisement of a
> pretty sales girl standing next to a car considered a "Sexual image"?
> Should we be using a Middle East definition of "Sexual image" or "American"
> where the norm for acceptable clothes are different? Is wearing a
> mini-skirt considered acceptable? (I don't have good words to address this,
> but suspect there would be template material somewhere which could be used).
> 2. We should be careful to try and avoid attendees feeling that they are
> being lectured to, as if organisors expect attendees to be guilty. Maybe
> start with, "In order to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone, all
> attendees are *expected to*  ... (instead of *required to* ...)"
> David,
> Once finalised, I suggest adding a section about "Code of Conduct" into:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Handbook
> On 9/01/2015 4:28 am, Steven Feldman wrote:
> There was also a short CoC for 2013 at
> http://2013.foss4g.org/code-of-conduct/ which corresponds to the short
> version of the 2015 NA CoC
>  David, this is a great initiative. Can we consider mandating a standard
> (and evolving through experience) CoC for all FOSS4G branded events and any
> other vents that claim to be affiliated to OSGeo?
>  ______
> Steven
>  On 8 Jan 2015, at 17:08, David William Bitner <bitner at dbspatial.com>
> wrote:
>  Great! Thanks Sanghee!
>  Has your team considered adding a code of conduct to your website?
>  The past two FOSS4G global events have included CoC's on the website as
> well as asking registrants to agree to the CoC by a checkbox on the
> registration form.
>  https://2014.foss4g.org/attending/code-of-conduct/ and
> https://2015.foss4g-na.org/code-conduct are some examples that have been
> used.
>  We have received a lot of positive response from attendees since adding
> these to the conferences and have certainly seen an impact in gender
> diversity since incorporating CoC's into our websites along with other
> outreach and diversity initiatives. It is a very easy step towards ensuring
> that everyone is assured of the expectation of a welcoming conference! I am
> sure that other past conference chairs on this list can speak up to their
> experiences as well.
>  I hope all is going well with planning for the event!
>  Sincerely,
>  David
> On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:52 AM, Sanghee Shin <endofcap at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi David,
>>  I’m on the list. You can talk to me directly.
>>  With regards,
>>  Sanghee
>> ---
>>     Sanghee Shin, Chair of FOSS4G 2015 Seoul
>> "Toward Diversity! FOSS4G Bigbang from Seoul!"
>> http://2015.foss4g.org
>> Twitter: @foss4g
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>> email: foss4gchair at osgeo.org
>>  2015. 1. 8., 오후 4:22, David William Bitner <bitner at dbspatial.com> 작성:
>>   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?
>>  Thanks!
>>  David
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