[OSGeo-Discuss] [Election 2014] Nomination for Thijs van Menen

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Mon Jul 21 10:36:59 PDT 2014

I would like to second this nomination for Thijs.  I know he is a huge
supporter of OSGeo and FOSS4G use in his government agency in the
Netherlands, and I am honoured to call him my friend.  He usually greets
me with a big smile and a big laugh, and those who know me know that is
the quickest way into my heart.  Let us thank Thijs for all of his hard
work and passion for OSGeo and FOSS4G.  Thanks Thijs man!


On 2014-07-21, 8:03 AM, Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas wrote:
> Hi all,
> I forward Bart van den Eijnden nomination for Thijs van Menen for the
> OSGeo Charter Membership.
> Best Regards
> Jorge
> -------- Mensaje original --------
> Asunto: 	nomination for Thijs van Menen
> Fecha: 	Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:03 +0200
> De: 	Bart van den Eijnden
> Para: 	cro at osgeo.org
> CC: 	Menen, Thijs van (CIV)
> I’d like to nominate Thijs van Menen for OSGeo charter membership.
> When I first started to work on a large open source geospatial project
> in The Netherlands in 2002/2003, Thijs was part of the government agency
> (Rijkswaterstaat) that did the tender for a geospatial infrastructure
> based on open standards. Our open source proposal got chosen, and we
> worked many many years on setting up the SDI and maintaining it. The
> project was called GeoServices, and as with many things, the project was
> unfortunately a bit ahead of its time.
> Thijs is one of the few people at government agencies that truly
> understands what open source is. He is very passionate about open source
> software development, and a few years after the inception of the project
> he led a team of consultants hired by the Ministry to work on the
> maintenance of the software as well as on applications built on top of it.
> He has also been a frequent attendant of FOSS4G, with attendance in
> Victoria, Cape Town and Denver. Some of the Denver people might remember
> Thijs by his frequent use of the phrase “Tik hem aan ouwe”. He was also
> involved in the inception of the Dutch language chapter.
> Through this nomination I’d also like to thank Thijs for everything he
> did for open source geospatial in The Netherlands. His enthusiasm really
> helped things move forward.

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