[OSGeo-Discuss] Board Nomination: Jeff McKenna
mlucas17 at mac.com
Tue Jul 24 11:40:56 PDT 2012
Great to have you back, look forward to working with you again.
On Jul 24, 2012, at 10:58 AM, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> wrote:
> Hello OSGeo community!
> I thank Mike for such a nice nomination. It would be an honor to again
> represent the OSGeo community on the Board of Directors of OSGeo, and I
> accept this nomination.
> General Thoughts
> OSGeo for me has always been about the community. I have worked very
> hard in my career on specific parts of community building for OSGeo,
> that often involved no code writing: answering questions on mailing
> lists (often on non-English lists), documentation, installers, testing
> new features in software, providing feedback to developers, event
> planning, hands-on workshops, benchmarking...
> So, in my mind, the future of OSGeo will still be about the community.
> Sure, we/OSGeo are in the middle of an interesting time:
> - a 15,000-strong event is happening as I write this now in San Diego,
> and a lot of their products are using FOSS code now (this to me is very
> - FOSS4G regional events are being created all around the globe (I am
> fascinated as I watch this)
> - Our recently added Charter Members are mostly all non-North American
> (wow really a great sign of OSGeo and FOSS4G spreading around the world)
> - OSGeo revenue sources are not as clear as before
> - a very interesting group is being formed as we speak, Location
> Industry Working Group, composed of some key industry players (and we
> must consider how OSGeo can work with this group, as there is some great
> momentum being generated there)
> - a large FOSS4G event will not be happening in 2012
> Ambitions for OSGeo
> I want OSGeo to grow. I want every person in the geospatial industry to
> know what OSGeo and FOSS4G are. I want them to see our passion, to feel
> it, to experience it. And I want them to experience it in their local
> areas. I want more local chapters forming, more informal chapter
> meetings over a drink and chat at the local restaurant.
> Personal Motivation
> Some of you might wonder what happened, that I felt I should resign from
> the OSGeo Board so recently (February), after being so active on it
> since back in September of 2009. Some community members might have
> strong opinions that: I was worn out, exhausted, frustrated, unhappy
> that my FOSS4G Advisor proposal didn't take off, needed a change, not
> made for such a director position,... I've now heard many opinions.
> Looking back now, I needed a break. After Denver I needed to take some
> time, to step back. And I did just that.
> Recently some might have noticed that I am active again; indeed I feel
> rejuvenated. I am the old me. Passionate about OSGeo, FOSS4G, and,
> chicken wings and beer :)
> Personal Goals
> As Mike mentioned, I don't lack any passion for OSGeo or FOSS4G, I can
> be very vocal, but sometimes that is not what is needed. I must learn
> to be more professional, to let others do their jobs, to let things
> happen, and to help the community grow. I will work hard to do this.
> I have made many mistakes; and because I am so open and vocal, all of my
> mistakes are there for everyone to see. But I don't regret being open.
> Mistakes give me character, make me who I am, allow me to grow. So, I
> will grow with OSGeo and FOSS4G :)
> Call for more Board Nominations
> I too have been asking other community members these past weeks if they
> are interested in being nominated for the Board; I hope everyone is
> contacting their own local community leaders and asking them.
> I also respect that sometimes it is good to have new members on the
> Board, a new perspective, from a different geographic region (or how did
> Arnulf put it? a non-NorthAmerican-middleaged-male? ha) And I agree.
> But don't get me wrong, I am interested in helping OSGeo and FOSS4G. I
> would be honored to represent the community again.
> Thank you everyone, you've all really helped me grow.
> On 12-07-23 7:03 PM, Smith, Michael ERDC-CRREL-NH wrote:
>> I would like to nominate Jeff McKenna to the board of OSGeo.
>> As to his qualifications, how much time to do you have? Jeff lives and
>> breathes OSGeo and is one of the most active members of the OSGeo
>> community. He is a friend, resource and gateway to all who have an
>> interest in Open Source (data and software) and OSGeo in particular.
>> Jeff is one of the original charter members (from 2006) and has been on
>> the OSGeo board before (September 2009). Jeff has a passion for OSGeo
>> that is unrivaled by anyone, a big heart, and is considered someone
>> always ready to talk or listen when anyone, anywhere has a OSGeo
>> question, comment or critique. Jeff is very international in his
>> approach to OSGeo and works with and participates with many, many OSGeo
>> chapters worldwide. He has also been an incredible force behind almost
>> all of the international FOSS4G conferences. Jeff would be a humble,
>> strong, active and loud voice for OSGeo.
>> And I'm proud to call him my friend.
>> Michael Smith
>> US Army Corps
>> Remote Sensing GIS/Center
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