[OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Board: Venkatesh Raghavan

Helena Mitasova hmitaso at unity.ncsu.edu
Tue Mar 14 06:01:24 PST 2006

I second Venka's nomination too.


On Mar 14, 2006, at 8:52 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:

> I second the nomination.  As mentioned by Markus, it was Venka's  
> vision that brought (and will bring) the GRASS and MapServer  
> communities together initially.  He is already a respected voice in  
> SE Asia for FOSS4G, and his voice would be even stronger with a  
> seat on the board.
> Having travelled to SE Asia, I can tell you that I was surprised  
> and impressed with how vibrant and active the FOSS4G community is  
> there. It's for this reason that I think this is an important  
> nomination.
> jeff
> 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  
>> 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.
> http://www.dmsolutions.ca
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