[OSGeo-Conf] Conference Committee Guidelines

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 02:48:43 PST 2016

OSGeo board,

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 
> participation.
> 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 
> (https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Committee_Guidelines#Examples).
> Best regards,
> Angelos

Cameron Shorter
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