[OSGeo-Discuss] OGC liaison memberships

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu May 30 13:31:15 PDT 2013

+1 from me too.

Based on the depth of valuable feedback that OGC received from OSGeo 
regarding Geoservices REST API, with Adrian being a significant 
contributor, I believe that we have a good argument to ask for voting 
rights. (We might not get it, but at least we should ask).

On 31/05/2013 4:35 AM, Adrian Custer wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks.
>> Best regards,
>> Frank
> ~adrian
>> 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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