[OSGeo-Conf] Standing down as Conference Committee Chair

till.adams at fossgis.de till.adams at fossgis.de
Wed Dec 21 23:32:10 PST 2016

Dear Steven,

also from my side many thanks for your work in this committee but also 
for being ready to help us for FOSS4G 2016 at any time!
It is great to know, that you are not "gone", but only step back as our 

 From me also congratulations on all the accomplishments although I 
think it is still an open issue, that your move towards a more regulated 
membership process in the ConfComm is still blocked by two uncommented 
"-1" votes.
But it's not up to you to clear that up, you invested enough energy on 

Thanks again and best wishes for next year! Happy to meet you again 
(and have a beer or two ;-))


Am 2016-12-21 16:55, schrieb Steven Feldman:
> 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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