[OSGeo-Conf] [Board] Standing down as Conference Committee Chair

Peter Batty peter at ebatty.com
Wed Dec 21 14:12:59 PST 2016

Steven, many thanks for all the work you have put in as the committee
chair. And a happy holiday season to you too!


On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Conference Committee
> Now that the FOSS4G 2018 selection process is complete it is time for me
> to stand down as chair of the conference committee. I will remain a member
> of the committee and continue to contribute wherever I can for as long as I
> fulfil the eligibility criteria (whatever they may become in the future)
> for membership.
> I took over from Eli when he needed to stand down and steered the 2017
> selection to a conclusion. In the last 18 months we managed to formalise
> the basis for seed funding for FOSS4G’s by OSGeo and that has assisted Bonn
> and Boston, we have updated and redrafted the RfP process and documents to
> make it easier to use for future years and we have evaluated and awarded
> 2018 to Dar es Salaam.
> I burnt a lot of energy (mine and yours) trying to introduce some
> committee membership eligibility criteria and formalising our voting
> processes. With hindsight that was probably misguided and I apologise to
> you for that.
> I am not sure that the committee needs a chair. Our main task (if not our
> only task) is to run the process to select the team to host the global
> FOSS4G, we have a good process (recently updated) and a team of past chairs
> who know what to look for and are willing to commit time to diligently
> review LoI’s and proposals. A volunteer can put their hand up to steer the
> process when the time comes round to start the 2019 selection, until then I
> expect we will be pretty much in hibernation except for answering questions
> from the 2017 and 2018 teams (and we don’t need a chair for that). Of
> course, it is up to the committee members to decide whether they wish to
> elect a new chair.
> Thanks to all of you for your contributions to the committee whilst I have
> been chair.
> Best wishes to you and yours for the holiday season and may 2017 be filled
> with FOSS4G goodness
> ______
> Steven
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