[OSGeo-Discuss] [Election 2014] Board nomination for Michael Smith

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Aug 15 10:27:44 PDT 2014

I second the nomination of Mike Smith for the Board of Directors, so 
nicely written by DanielM.

Mike is one of those who could join the Board and make an impact right 
away (because is so familiar already with how the Board runs, and knows 
the OSGeo community so well).  He was also nominated for last year's 
Board election, but true to his nature, it never phased his commitment 
to the community when others were selected.  I feel the time is perfect 
for Mike's input, and his vision, for the foundation.

As an example of his dedication to OSGeo, all those WMS Benchmarking 
exercises at past FOSS4G events were hosted on infrastructure that he 
set up, he provided, he opened up fully to the development teams...his 
kind dedication has touched the whole community of OSGeo.

Please strongly consider Mike Smith for the Board of Directors.


On 2014-08-13 5:07 PM, Jorge Sanz wrote:
> Forwarding Michael Smith nomination by Daniel Morissette
> Best
> Jorge
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Daniel Morissette
> Date: 2014-08-13 20:51 GMT+02:00
> Subject: Board nomination for Michael Smith
> To: OSGeo CRO <cro at osgeo.org>
> I'd like to nominate Michael Smith for the board election.
> Mike works for the US Army Corps of Engineers Remote Sensing GIS
> Center and has been a long time power user, supporter and contributor
> of MapServer, GDAL/OGR and other OSGeo projects. He is a member of the
> MapServer PSC and is also one of the instigators behind the PDAL
> project, the GDAL of Point Clouds. In addition to his experience with
> the OSGeo projects and community, he would bring to the board the
> perspective of government organizations, which is a very important
> group of users and contributors of OSGeo software that needs to be
> represented on the board in my opinion.
> He is a FOSS4G regular (he has not missed one since the 2003 MapServer
> Users Meeting), and was an active participant and supporter of the
> FOSS4G WMS Benchmarking exercise for several years.
> Finally, Mike has been following the activities of the board for the
> last few years (at least), often present as a quiet observer in IRC
> board meetings and even in one of the face to face meetings, so I
> believe he is well aware of the way OSGeo operates and prepared for
> the challenges of serving on the board.
> See also http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Msmitherdc
> Daniel

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