[OSGeo-Discuss] OGC liaison memberships

Adrian Custer acuster at gmail.com
Thu May 30 11:35:35 PDT 2013

On 5/30/13 2:54 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Adrian,
> According to http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OGC_membership we have open slots.
>   It seems that Arnulf and Michael can authorize it.  There are some fairly
> restrictive conditions on OGC individual memberships which is what this is.
>   You should confirm you are going to fit.
>    http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/join/level/individual

Indeed that is my current status: the 'you can do all the work but can't 
vote' level of membership.

> It isn't clear that these memberships imply you exactly speak for OSGeo
> though you can certainly give your affiliation as OSGeo.

Right. I could only 'speak for OSGeo' on any particular topic when, 
after discussion, OSGeo has formulated one, or probably several, 
positions on any issues. In general I would speak as 'one of the horde 
of free software actors'.

> It would be wonderful to use this mechanism to give you standing at OGC as
> I know you will make good use of it.


> Best regards,
> Frank


> On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM, Adrian Custer <acuster at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.
>> Sincerely,
>>    Adrian Custer
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