[OSGeo-Discuss] Board nomination for Charlie Schweik

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Wed Aug 3 12:25:41 PDT 2011

Thank you Ned. Charlie's nomination has been added to 

On 11-08-03 03:17 PM, Ned Horning wrote:
> I nominate Charlie Schweik for a position on the OSGeo Board. Charlie
> Schweik is chair of the OSGEO education committee and an effective
> advocate for the use of open source geospatial software in academia. He
> is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment shared between the
> Department of Natural Resources Conservation and the Center for Public
> Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
> He is also the Associate Director of the National Center for Digital
> Government, and an affiliated researcher with the Science, Technology,
> and Society Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
> His research focuses on environmental management and policy,
> public-sector information technology, and the intersection of those
> domains. His recent peer-reviewed publications focus on free and open
> source software and the social frameworks and institutions that drive
> their development and use.
> With his colleague Robert English, he has just completed a 5-year
> National Science Foundation funded study on open source collaboration
> resulting in a book manuscript entitled “Successful Internet
> Collaboration: A Study of Open Source Software Commons” (forthcoming,
> June 2012, MIT Press). One chapter in this book analyzes OSGeo as a case
> study (thanks to interviews with OSGeo members a few years ago).
> Charlie has regularly taught an Introduction to Spatial Technologies
> course to undergraduate students using OSGeo-related technologies. He
> also just completed teaching a course to high school teachers using QGIS.
> It was through Charlie's hard work and persistence that OSGeo first
> created a web-based educational content inventory system. He is now
> trying to work with other OSGeo affiliated academics (especially Suchith
> Anand at the University of Nottingham) to build a network of
> OSGeo-affiliated academic institutions and move OSGeo education toward a
> new derivative work system. He is particularly interested in focusing
> some of this effort on how local governments might move toward or become
> interested in open source geospatial technologies and believes it is
> critical for OSGeo to promote affiliated projects more in the government
> space.
> Charlie's formal training and experience as a computer programmer with
> academic interests in studying the open source movement and promoting
> the use of open source geospatial tools makes him well qualified to be a
> board member of OSGEO.
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