[OSGeo-Discuss] OGC liaison memberships

Adrian Custer acuster at gmail.com
Fri May 31 06:45:23 PDT 2013

Hey all,

On the front of becoming one of the liaison members, I would appreciate 
guidance on procedure. Do we generate a formal letter to me and the OGC 
or do we not yet have any procedure for this? I have just now asked 
Barbara Sherman of the OGC if she is aware of any procedure on her end. 
I would like to get this squared away quickly and easily.

On the front of OSGeo building deeper ties with the OGC and, perhaps 
becoming a voting member someday, I think we should move forwards on a 
number of fronts jointly.

The first is clearly discussion and openness, letting Carl, the head of 
the TC and Mark, the president of the OGC both know that this is 
something we are seeking and towards which we plan to work.

A second front might be to become more active on the Standards Front. 
There has been some recent interest in OSGeo taking on some Standards 
related activity, where certainly being vocal and offering productive 
critiques could be productive. It may also prove useful to do more. For 
example, I am planning to write up a number of format standards in the 
next six months and so it might make sense for me to develop some of 
them within OSGeo. The standards would require buy in from this 
community anyhow, so perhaps developing them here would give this 
community some more leverage in the Standards game. I'll do the bulk of 
the work first and then get back to you all on whether they make sense 
at OSGeo and how they could start life here. In the interim, OSGeo might 
consider how it could host 'standards focused projects' rather than 
'software focused projects' or 'community focused projects'. I'm not 
sure that requires more work than agreeing it should be allowed. It 
could be part of 'labs' to stay informal or some other procedure might 
be invented.


On 5/31/13 8:25 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> On 2013-05-30 5:57 PM, Michael Gerlek wrote:
>> Adrian showed himself to be a level-headed and rational discoursant during
>> the recent kerfuffle.
>> If Adrian is willing, I'd support a motion to put him in charge of, or at
>> least a member of, some sort of effort to engage with OGC to find out the
>> Best Way Forward for our two organizations.
>> I think Arnulf and I are the current gatekeepers of OGC things, such as it
>> is; I'd of course be happy to continue to help here, and I'm sure Arnulf
>> would too.
> I strongly agree with this plan.  The recent happenings have seemed to
> bring the OGC and OSGeo closer, and I feel Adrian can really help us
> communicate.
> -jeff

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