[OSGeo-Discuss] Candidate's Thoughts on OSGeo

Ravi Kumar ravivundavalli48 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 9 20:06:06 PDT 2011

Some Views:

Business initiatives and knack to push up OSGeo's reserves are for sure needed among qualities..

But a Global vision for billions (not money but people) at the margins of the developing world, makes it sustainable.

GIS Usage vs GIS Development (software), is different in different parts of the world..
While coding for GIS development makes OSGeo tick with lots of enthusiasm, in the Developed world (US Europe Japan and Australia)
much of the rest of the world (or > 70% approximately) who are financially weak do not use FOSS4G tools, except for a few exceptions..

One of the main reasons is.. people just get the GIS software and dont spend for it (piracy)
But it is only possible to translate GIS front ends to Local Languages (Freely) using FOSS4G tools.
With this, all those who support FOSS4G tools wear the caps of social reformers..

So those, would Be Directors of OSGeo.. please add more Global perspective. 

Ravi Kumar

From: Tyler Mitchell <tmitchell at osgeo.org>
To: OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:00 AM
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Candidate's Thoughts on OSGeo

On 2011-08-09, at 12:56 AM, Markus Neteler wrote:
> Charter members should carefully consider whom to vote - the board
> should be ....

We probably each have our own list of the most important things to consider, 
so I share mine as well. :)  My votes will be less influenced by global 
coverage or software experience - the membership and project teams certainly
covers those off very well in day-to-day work on the ground.

Instead, speaking pragmatically, I am more focused on the skills, experience and
interest needed to help run a growing international organisation.  What those
skills are may be open to debate, but for me: building partnerships, raising funds, 
extending our reach, supporting members/chapters, working with business, etc.  
Diversity and technical skills certainly help, but they are no guarantee for success 
when challenges come.

Thankfully our excellent list of candidates is ripe with these skills and I'm glad,
because I believe there are unique business challenges before the board over
the next couple years.

My two cents...

Best wishes,
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