[OSGeo-Conf] Proposal: Invite Andrea Ross, from LocationTech to join the OSGeo Conference Committee

Sanghee Shin shshin at gaia3d.com
Tue May 24 06:19:56 PDT 2016

Dear Cameron and all, 

Before voting on this, I think we need to agree on the governance model of conference committee or how to run the conference committee. 

Maxi expressed his wish to join the conference a couple of months ago. However there was no enough discussion whether we should accept him or not or who can be a member of conference committee. And his asking was just dropped. 

Now Cameron suddenly has proposed to invite Andrea to the conference even though there was no explicit her wish to join the committee.

Actually I’m ok with inviting any person to the committee who can give fresh mind and contributions to FOSS4G conference. However I think there should at least minimum fair guidance who can be a member of the conference to reduce any other misunderstanding. 

Conference Committee is very unique in OSGeo in terms of very closed membership. That’s why we need to be more transparent and fair. To somebody, conference committee can be seen as 'Benevolent Oligarchy’

I’m writing this not because Andrea works at LocationTech but because I feel some unfairness. And there are efforts to increase the communications between OSGeo and LocationTech at the board level. 

Shin, Sanghee
Gaia3D, Inc. - The GeoSpatial Company

> 2016. 5. 24., 오후 8:13, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com> 작성:
> Conference Committee,
> I'd like to propose that we invite Andrea Ross to join the OSGeo Conference Committee.
> +1 from me, Cameron Shorter.
> My reasoning is that Andrea has a lot of experience running conferences, especially through his involvement with LocationTech, and there are synergies that could be gained by aligning OSGeo and LocationTech effectively.
> I note that there have been concerns aired previously about LocationTech competing to take over OSGeo's flagship FOSS4G event. I'm of the opinion that we should be mindful of this, but we should discuss the options openly and I believe we can find a solution favourable for all. An effective way to support this conversation is to invite Andrea to be one vote among our conference committee.
> Warm regards, Cameron
> On 24/05/2016 6:31 am, Andrea Ross wrote:
>> Dear Steven, & Everyone
>> I've not been invited to the conference committee, but I will be in Bonn, and I'm always glad to chat/meet.
>> Kind regards,
>> Andrea
>> On May 22, 2016 3:04:03 AM EDT, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> <mailto:shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Who is going to be in Bonn for FOSS4G?
>> It's an opportunity for the Conference Committee and interested people to meet face to face, we could discuss some of the topics on the 'outstanding list' http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Conference_Committee_2016_Priorities <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Conference_Committee_2016_Priorities> and we could start preparing the call for 2018
>> Anyone interested?
>> Steven 
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