[OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Codrina Maria Ilie

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Tue Jul 9 05:56:58 PDT 2013

Name: Codrina Maria Ilie
Email: codrina AT geo-spatial DOT org
Wiki: http://wiki.osgeo.osuosl.org/wiki/User:Codrina

It is my honor to nominate Codrina as a Charter Member of OSGeo.
Passionate about FOSS4G and Open Data, she is well known for her
enthusiasm in Romania and Denmark.

Earlier this year, I was planning on giving training in Copenhagen, I
might have mentioned this on the OSGeo Board mailing list, and then I
received a direct email from her introducing herself and asking if we
should have an OSGeo meetup in Copenhagen when I was there.  Even though
she recently moved from Romania to Denmark, she was somehow able to be
the sparkplug to bring together a large group of Open Source geospatial
passionate people in Copenhagen. (some of the locals even told me they
were impressed with her for doing that)

Little did I know that this meeting would also spark an invite to me to
the (at the time) upcoming FOSS4G-CEE event in Bucharest, hosted by the
geo-spatial.org / Romanian Chapter team.  I would of course end up
attending the event, and watched as her and the geo-spatial.org family
brought together hundreds of FOSS4G and Open Data enthusiasts from
countries all over Europe.

Codrina may not write code, but she has that rare passion, that
strength, that guts, that allows her to network and share her FOSS4G
knowledge.  She holds workshops, writes user guides, and organizes
events, that bring together developers, decision makers, students, and
users - these thankless tasks are so very important.  I've heard from
others how she repeatedly attends hi-tech events with no other females
present, introduces herself and starts promoting FOSS4G and Open Data.

I feel this is an international leader to-be, someone who sees the world
as a very small community, willing to travel to bring the community
together.  It is my honor to help her grow and allow her to provide
input to the shape of the OSGeo foundation.

It is for all these reasons I am nominating Codrina to become a Charter
Member of OSGeo.



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