[OSGeo-Discuss] Keeping up to date...
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Fri Nov 23 10:53:28 PST 2007
From my blog: http://www.osgeo.org/tyler/keeping_up_to_date
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The OSGeo board has recently started talking about putting together
an Annual Report for 2007 - our first full year of operations. I had
hoped to make some headway on this before FOSS4G but the timing
didn't work out.
In the meantime, we haven't gone totally without any reports, though
maybe they are not advertised well enough. I'll mention a few of them
here in case you are not already familiar with them and would like to
This year's Annual General Meeting  at FOSS4G was a great success.
It was our first attempt to bring together reports from the board,
projects, local chapters and committees - all describing what they
have done over the past year or are planning for the future. The
kinds of content presented at that meeting would be similar to what
feeds into an Annual Report, though instead of requesting written
reports I asked representatives to speak face-to-face with the
membership. We had over 25 speakers/topics presented at that meeting!
Another deliberate way we foster communication has been through the
OSGeo Journal  - including reports from projects, local chapters
and more. These first two issues were a bit of an experiment to see
how regularly we could get reports from parts of our community
without pestering them too much. When we started the Journal the hope
was to use it as an outlet for producing reports on a regular basis.
It has worked out well so far, but has been a lot of work. If you are
interested in encouraging more dialogue in this semi-formal way, you
are welcome to join the Journal team as an editor. This is the
benefit of a volunteer organisation, everyone is welcome to
participate to make things happen :)
My OSGeo Blog  is also used to provide reports to the community,
sponsors and the public. Though not as regular as they could be, I've
tried to pull together short reports with critical information on
important occasions. This included a year in review post 
summarising some highlights from our first year, as well as various
other stats. I encourage other OSGeo members to blog about their own
OSGeo work/involvement, all of which would be helpful for feeding
into an Annual Report.
We also have lots of discussion on the OSGeo discussion mailing list
 and throughout project lists, the board of directors and more.
Naturally this the key way we communicate within OSGeo and everyone
is welcome to participate.
One key development over the past few months has been the
establishment of an OSGeo Finance Committee.  This 5 person group
will help facilitate financial decisions, planning and reporting
without relying solely on the Treasurer or having to always defer
final decisions back the Board. This will certainly help on several
fronts, as we have recently just passed our first full year of having
funds to manage and report on.
So, as several of us ponder how to pull together the information
needed for a more formal Annual Report, I hope you will also consider
how you might help to make it happen. It will take a major amount of
input and coordination to get it right but it will help build on
these other communication efforts over the past year.
Consider this your invitation to help!
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