[OSGeo-Discuss] OGC liaison memberships

Adrian Custer acuster at gmail.com
Thu May 30 10:13:05 PDT 2013

Hey all,

As I remember it, OSGeo has been granted a number of liaison memberships 
(six?) from the OGC. Are they all being used? If not, what would be the 
process to obtain one?

In past years, I have been reluctant to officially represent OSGeo and 
so have paid for a membership on my own. Nonetheless, I have been 
pushing the OGC on openness, the consideration of free software, and 
issues arising from the 'OSGeo point of view' ever since I started 
participating at the OGC. I have also been acting unofficially as a 
bridge between the two organizations (with the good and bad that comes 
from that such as, in the last few days, being unable to announce the 
end of the 'GeoServices REST' debacle). Now I am considering making this 
work and my association between the two organizations more formal.

Therefore, if you all are willing, and if a membership were available, I 
would like to take this on as a formal role and represent all of you at 
the OGC. It would mean I would show up to meetings and sign my 
authorship of whatever documents with the affiliation 'OSGeo'. In the 
future, I also would plan to lobby the OGC to grant OSGeo a formal vote 
in the proceedings of the technical committee. That will be hard to 
obtain since we will not be pitching in the mega-cash that the OGC needs 
to sustain their way of operating; however, it might be possible 
someday, especially if we start contributing effectively to their work.

   Adrian Custer

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