[OSGeo-Conf] Conference Committee Guidelines
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 02:48:43 PST 2016
I suspect you'll get a minimal response to a call for membership policies.
The reasons are relatively subtle. Volunteers step up to scratch an itch
if they feel there is a need. If such policies are not in place yet,
then communities probably don't feel the need for them.
Having the board direct communities to produce documents, in a
command-and-control type request is typically not how open source
communities work effectively.
I think you will find OSGeo communities work effectively, whether their
processes are written down or not.
If you haven't already read it, I suggest having a look at The Cathedral
and the Bazaar, by Eric Raymond. In particular, this chapter:
I suggest that leading by example and amplifying initiatives of others
will be more effective for you than leading by directing. It will help
you as a board be more effective during your term in office.
Warm regards, Cameron
On 6/12/2016 4:17 AM, Angelos Tzotsos wrote:
> Dear Conference Committee,
> Following up on your recent motion to update your membership policies
> and process, and the issues raised by this motion, the board has held
> a video meeting to discuss the issue of committee guidelines.
> As a result, the board is asking everyone to write down "committee
> guidelines" on how each functions. The idea is to make sure our
> committees are transparent in their decision making, and open to
> There is a wiki page here
> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Committee_Guidelines that provides more
> information (and helpfully provides guidance for committee chairs).
> There are some examples of different committees doing their thing here
> Best regards,
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