[OSGeo-Conf] Voting Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Robert Cheetham cheetham at azavea.com
Thu Nov 5 10:47:37 PST 2015


I'm not on the committee, so this is not my decision.  However, as the
representative of one of the other bidders, the fact that you are a member
of the organizing committee of one of the bidders does have the appearance
of a conflict of interest.  While I completely agree with you that your
active participation in comments and questions is invaluable to the entire
process, I do think recusing yourself from voting and the private
discussions would be the appropriate decision in this circumstance.




On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 1:36 PM, David William Bitner <bitner at dbspatial.com>

> Fellow Conference Committee members,
> As I did prior to the first round of voting, I would like to disclose that
> I have been helping the Boston team with their proposal and have been
> included as part of their Local Organizing Committee.
> It is my belief that as a committee it is highly desirable for us to have
> our members as active as they are willing at all stages in the FOSS4G
> process including working at the early stages to help make sure that we
> have the best bids and options that we can have.
> If we disallow votes from our members who take an active role in creating
> these bids we discourage bidding teams and our conference committee members
> from working closely together during this process.
> While I acknowledge that my work with the Boston team presents a conflict
> of interest, I believe that our committee and this process is better served
> by encouraging our membership to play as active a role as possible in all
> aspects of this process. Unless there is consensus that I should do
> otherwise, it is my intention to continue to participate in the
> deliberation and voting for the 2017 FOSS4G selection. I commit to vote
> based not on my involvement with one LOC, but to evenly consider all
> proposals and what I feel is best for FOSS4G and for OSGeo.
> Sincerely,
> David
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