[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination: Michael Smith

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu Jun 28 05:48:22 PDT 2012

Hello everyone,

I have the honor to nominate Michael Smith for OSGeo Charter membership.

Mike is with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Remote Sensing GIS Center,
and has been a longtime supporter of FOSS.  Most recently he is working
very hard with Howard Butler to develop an Open Source point cloud
translation library, PDAL[1].  Mike is also very active in the
MapServer[2] community, as one of its most vocal power users, and in
2011 he was named to the MapServer Project Steering Committee[3].

I also had the pleasure of giving a MapServer workshop with Mike at
FOSS4G 2011 in Denver; many attendees said that it was a wonderful
workshop, and I attribute that to Mike's thorough knowledge of MapServer
and its recent changes.

Mike is often one of the first to sign up for Code Sprints, and register
for FOSS4G events, which to me says everything about his passion for
this community.  He may not prefer to be giving fancy presentations and
taking the glory, but scratch the surface of many OSGeo communities and
you'll find Mike supporting it in every way he can.

I feel that Mike Smith would be an excellent representative of OSGeo.


[1] http://www.pointcloud.org/
[2] http://www.mapserver.org/
[3] http://mapserver.org/development/rfc/ms-rfc-23.html

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