[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G selection process (interface with Board)

Helena Mitasova hmitaso at ncsu.edu
Wed Jul 15 06:05:26 PDT 2015

Your proposal makes sense to me, +1 for the board to express their
financial preference before the committee votes,


On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:09 AM, Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I tried addressing this previously but it didn't go anywhere [0].
> The conference committee recommends a LOC bid based on many criteria
> to the OSGeo Board. Financial risk or success is not the primary
> focus.
> The OSGeo Board has to approve (or not) our recommendation, but their
> primary focus is financial risk and success.
> Right now the FOSS4G selection process could put the OSGeo Board in an
> untenable position. Imagine this scenario: Bid A is an okay bid all
> around and looks great financially.  Bid B is a great bid all around
> except looks risky financially.  The conference committee recommends
> bid B to the Board.  Now the Board is put in a very bad position where
> they have to either start overturning the conference committee (and
> delaying the process) or accept our recommendation which was made on
> different criteria.
> Now, let's look at another potential method that keeps the Board out
> of that position.  Just like the previous scenario, Bid A is an okay
> bid all around and looks great financially.  Bid B is a great bid all
> around except looks risky financially.  Before the conference
> committee makes a recommendation, the Board votes a "financial
> preference" or "financial exclusion" like, "The Board has a financial
> preference for Bid A" or more forcefully, "The Board financially
> excludes Bid B" (most years this will be "The Board has no financial
> preference since all these bids appear financially viable").  Then the
> conference committee continues with making a recommendation.
> Right now the way our process works seems rigged to prevent the Board
> from really exercising their financial oversight.
> Do you like this proposed process?  Should we use it this year?
> Cheers, Eli
> [0]
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Helena Mitasova
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