[OSGeo-Conf] [OSGeo-Discuss] Drafting a Diversity statement for the foundation (call for input)

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 23:08:20 PDT 2015

Hi all,
As Jeff mentioned, there has been significant discussion about what 
should be included in an OSGeo Diversity Statement / Code of Conduct, as 
well as recommended exemplar sources we can draw upon.

I've en-devoured to capture these suggestions into one document.
I've included:
* Goals for a Code of Conduct / Diversity Statement
* Questions we as a community should consider which will shape the final 
document (please vote on these)
* Exemplar sources, including PROs and CONs. Feel free to add extra 
* Finally, I've drafted a first pass at a joint Diversity Statement / 
Code of Conduct, which aims to draw the best from the exemplar sources 
and people's suggestions

Document is here:

I'm interested to hear feedback and welcome input to the document, 
especially in the Questions and Comments sections.

On 24/03/2015 9:58 am, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Thanks Jeff for the invitation.
> I've started adding some content, primarily adding source documents to 
> help us decide on the best text. I'm part way through. I intend to 
> refine over the next few days.
> Regards, Cameron Shorter
> On Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:32 AM, Jeff McKenna 
> <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com <mailto:jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>> 
> wrote:
>     Hi OSGeo community!
>     A few months ago the OSGeo Board of Directors began a short
>     Diversity Statement for the foundation.
>     To be fully honest and open, at the time there was a long "code of
>     conduct" discussion happening on the Conference Committee list,
>     and I felt that the OSGeo foundation itself should have a simple
>     statement saying that everyone's contributions are welcome, in a
>     safe and accepting environment.  (see my initial draft version[1])
>     Some members of the community have edited the page, and it has now
>     been expanded (see latest version [2]).
>     I'd again like to call for input ('input' being editing the wiki
>     page directly with your ideas) from those willing to help out. 
>     And I do mean everyone (some feel they must ask me directly for
>     permission to edit the page, which is not needed).
>     My goal is to again bring this for approval to the OSGeo Board at
>     the next Board meeting, and I have added this as a priority item
>     in the agenda, for the meeting on 9 April [3].
>     So I am asking for help here, for those passionate community
>     members who want to help with an open statement for the
>     foundation.  You don't need permission to jump in and edit (or, if
>     you want to change the whole page you can even create your own
>     wiki page and propose that to the OSGeo Board, you can even attend
>     the OSGeo Board meeting virtually and speak up during that agenda
>     topic).  All options are possible.
>     Someone recently pointed me to the Fedora community's posting for
>     a "Diversity Advisor" [4].  I also noticed the QGIS conference has
>     a nice simple diversity statement (see bottom of [5]).  Very good.
>     Thanks for your help everyone.  If all goes well, I'd like to see
>     a new /Diversity page in a few weeks on osgeo.org <http://osgeo.org>.
>     [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php?title=Diversity&oldid=81445
>     [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Diversity
>     [3] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2015-04-09
>     [4] http://fedoramagazine.org/help-fedora-find-a-diversity-advisor/
>     [5] https://qgis2015.wordpress.com/
>     -jeff
>     -- 
>     Jeff McKenna
>     President, OSGeo
>     http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Jeff_McKenna
>     On 2015-02-02 4:09 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>         Hello OSGeo Board members,
>         Most of you will be aware of the current discussions on the
>         Conference
>         Committee mailing list in regards to creating a Code of
>         Conduct for the
>         FOSS4G conference[1].  I feel it is important now for the OSGeo
>         Foundation to show that we support an open and safe
>         environment, through
>         a simple straightforward statement; I prefer to refer to this as
>         Diversity, and I have made a first draft on the wiki[2] Note
>         that this
>         statement will not affect whatever the OSGeo Conference Committee
>         chooses for their Code of Conduct.
>         I would like Board members to edit that wiki page directly
>         over the next
>         few days, and then we can discuss this at the Board meeting on
>         Thursday.
>           My goal is to have a new "/diversity" page linked from the main
>         osgeo.org <http://osgeo.org> site.
>         Thanks everyone,
>         [1]
>         http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/Code-of-Conduct-td5180592.html
>         [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Diversity
>         -jeff
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> -- 
> -- 
> Cameron Shorter,
> Software and Data Solutions Manager
> LISAsoft
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Cameron Shorter,
Software and Data Solutions Manager
Suite 112, Jones Bay Wharf,
26 - 32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

P +61 2 9009 5000,  W www.lisasoft.com,  F +61 2 9009 5099

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