[OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Board: Venkatesh Raghavan

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at dmsolutions.ca
Mon Mar 13 16:17:22 PST 2006

raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp


Chris Holmes wrote:
> Argh, apologies, that was just supposed to go to Markus, but the 
> reply-all behavior got me.  But if anyone knows Venkatesh Raghavan's 
> email, do let me know, I'm making sure that all nominees know the work 
> involved, as per the procedure 
> (http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Initial_Board_Election_Procedure)
> Chris
> Chris Holmes wrote:
>> Hey Markus, what's this guy's email address?  I can't seem to find 
>> it...  I need to send him the confirmation of acceptance of nomination.
>> Chris
>> Markus Neteler wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> I am honored to nominate Dr. Venkatesh Raghavan
>>> (http://www.media.osaka-cu.ac.jp/~raghavan/indexe.html), professor at
>>> Osaka City University in Japan, for one of the OSGeo board of directors
>>> seats.
>>> Venka is well known in Asia for his promotion of FOSS4G.
>>> He co-ordinated the successful FOSS/GRASS 2004 International
>>> conference in Bangkok, Thailand 
>>> (http://gisws.media.osaka-cu.ac.jp/grass04/).
>>> Preceeding this conference Jeff McKenna from DM Solutions and me
>>> (I was  awarded a fellowship from Venka to come to Japan and hold a
>>> couple of seminars in FOSS geomatics) came to Osaka to join the
>>> discussions. It was there in Bangkok then, over a few drinks, that
>>> initial discussions of a joint international FOSS geomatics 
>>> conference for
>>> 2006 were discussed, in particular by Venka, Dave McIlhagga, Jeff
>>> and me. But I can honestly say that it was Venka's passion for FOSS
>>> geomatics that got the ball rolling. A very personable person, Venka
>>> has a way of setting you at ease, that hopefully all of you will get to
>>> experience.
>>> Venka has been a big promoter of FOSS geomatics in the Asian market.  He
>>> has personally contributed to FOSS by being instrumental in bringing
>>> international character support (i18N) to GRASS and MapServer (see
>>> http://www.foss4g.org/), writing a tutorial as well as creating FOSS4G
>>> installers for Mandrake Linux (including a MapServer/MapLab rpm 
>>> available
>>> on maptools.org).
>>> Venka possesses a passion for FOSS geomatics, and, after discussing this
>>> with Jeff McKenna, we both feel that he would be a great asset to have
>>> on the board.
>>> Venka is currently traveling through Vietnam and Thailand, but he
>>> has said that when he returns he is excited to take more of an active
>>> role in the OSGeo discussions.
>>> Best regards
>>>  Markus

Jeff McKenna
DM Solutions Group Inc.

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