[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination: Michael Smith

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Thu Jun 28 10:40:37 PDT 2012

I second Michael's nomination, and was quite surprised when I found out 
that he was not a charter member yet. Mike and the team he works with 
have been long time users and active supporters of MapServer, GDAL/OGR 
and several other OSGeo projects since long before the creation of OSGeo.

Actually, we're so used to seeing him around and actively involved that 
we just assumed that he was already a charter member when he is not. 
(That's probably the case of a few other individuals)


On 12-06-28 8:48 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> 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.
> -jeff
> [1] http://www.pointcloud.org/
> [2] http://www.mapserver.org/
> [3] http://mapserver.org/development/rfc/ms-rfc-23.html
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Daniel Morissette
Provider of Professional MapServer Support since 2000

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