[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G MailChimp account

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 04:43:35 PST 2019

I think this is a great idea both from ensuring continuity and sustainability for future FOSS4G’s and also from a GDPR standpoint (the group of GDPR volunteers have not forgotten that we need to get OSGeo to be full GDPR compliant!!)

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> On 24 Jan 2019, at 09:53, Vasile Craciunescu <vasile at geo-spatial.org> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> I hope my email finds you well. I will like to ask your opinion on a item that can be associated with the Conference Committee. At least since Boston, the various LOC of FOSS4G global are using MaiChimp [1] for communication with potential participants, register participants and the sponsors. The account is passed from one LOC to another without any formal agreement. There are more than 5000 contacts subscribed to this channel, all past participants at FOSS4G international or FOSS4G-NA. All agreed to be subscribed and receive communication from OSGeo/LOCs regarding FOSS4G topics. Compliance with GDPR [2] is also assured.
> My question to you if is not better to have OSGeo take over this account and provide access to FOSS4G LOC's. Why I'm saying this:
> 1. By having no formal way of handling this there is a chance to loose the account (lists, templates, campaigns reports, etc) in case of bad communication among the LOC's.
> 2. The account is not a big financial burden for the LOC (approx 77$/month) but at transition time some glitches can occur. E.g. last year, Mark paid for 1-2 months from his pocket because BLOC was slow to react and replace his card in the account settings. This can be avoid if OSGeo take care of the account.
> 3. The account can be also used by the important regional FOSS4G events like FOSS4G-NA and FOSS4G-Europe. There are mechanism to have separate campaigns and target the subscribes geographically.
> Of course, no LOC can be forced to use MailChimp for communication purposes. Is just an idea, in the context os OSGeo budget discussion, to make things easy for the future LOCs. What do you think?
> -Vasile
> [1] https://mailchimp.com
> [2] https://eugdpr.org
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