[OSGeo-Discuss] Board nomination for Peter Batty
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Wed Aug 3 09:11:47 PDT 2011
I nominate Peter Batty for a position on the OSGeo Board. I've worked closely with Peter in a variety of situations - his focus and experience would serve OSGeo well as a director. As Chair of the FOSS4G 2011 event he has shown a willingness to stick his neck out for FOSS4G and OSGeo - taking on the challenge of balancing the demands of the community at large and running a large event. He is well connected but has his feet on the ground, with many ideas for how to get things done, e.g. raising sponsorship, next steps for growth, etc. I've appreciated the insights he's shared at open source speaking tracks that I've been part of, he presents OSGeo very well. He's no stranger to the boardroom table and I hope we can put that experience to work for OSGeo.
More from Peter's bio page: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Pmbatty or his blog: http://geothought.blogspot.com/
I have worked in the geospatial industry for 25 years. I am currently a co-founder and VP of geospatial technology at Ubisense, where I am leading the development of a product called Ubisense myWorld, which is focused on simple to use mapping for utilities and telcos, and makes use of several open source geospatial products including PostGIS, MapFish and OpenLayers. Previously I have been CTO of two of the top three (closed source) geospatial software companies (and two of the world's top 200 software companies) Intergraph, and Smallworld (now part of GE). I am chair of the FOSS4G 2011 conference in Denver.
I have contributed to several industry open data standards including the Open Geospatial Consortium in its formative years, and IEC TC57 Working Group 14 (for exchange of electric utility data). I am an active participant in and advocate for OpenStreetMap. I was a member of the Board of GITA (the Geospatial Information and Technology Association) for 5 years, from 2004 through 2008, and am again in 2011. I have been a member of the GeoWorld magazine Editorial Advisory Board since 1996, have published many articles and spoken at many conferences around the world, and write a blog called geothought.
I'm an active advocate for open source geospatial software. I speak regularly about open source at conferences. I have helped organize local events for FRUGOS, the Front Range Users of Geospatial Open Source, in Colorado. I was an organizer of the WhereCamp5280 event in Denver in 2009 and 2010.
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