[OSGeo-Discuss] OGC liaison memberships

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu May 30 13:35:59 PDT 2013

Hi Cameron,

I've been also thinking of OGC voting rights for the OSGeo Foundation.
I wonder if we should discuss this together during the next Board
meeting. (how OSGeo can become a voting member)


On 2013-05-30 5:31 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> +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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