[OSGeo-Discuss] Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Jun 14 16:52:31 PDT 2014

Within 2 weeks we intend to start our annual process for selecting new 
OSGeo charter members.

In previous years the Charter Member selection process has been a little 
contentious. We typically receive numerous nominations from high caliber 
members of our community, and insufficient positions to accept them all. 
This typically results in unnecessary disappointment and dissent.

In response, the OSGeo board has agreed to trial tweaking the voting 
process. The aim is to automatically accept recognised OSGeo community 
leaders, while continuing with our existing process which attracts the 
many valuable community members who contribute in other ways. Community 
comments are encouraged, and will be considered over the next week.

*Design guidelines:*

* We want a process which is simple to understand and implement.
* We want a process which encourages recognised OSGeo community leaders 
to become OSGeo charter members, while continuing to accept members from 
the many other valuable OSGeo roles.
* We want a process which is difficult to abuse.
* For the first iteration, we should err on being more selective in our 
criteria, with potential widening of selection criteria in future years.

*Recognised OSGeo Community Leaders**
OSGeo aims to provide OSGeo Charter Membership to all recognised OSGeo 
community leaders who are nominated. Hopefully, sufficient positions are 
available. If there are more candidates than available, then membership 
will be allocated to the first to be nominated. Remaining nominees will 
be automatically offered to go through the standard voting process.
Recognised OSGeo Community Leaders are defined as people who have been 
*voted* into a position of authority within official OSGeo projects and 
committees, where the voting community includes at least 3 OSGeo charter 

Acceptable roles are currently limited to:
* Project Steering Committee member of a Graduated OSGeo Project
* Chair of Official Local Chapter
* Chair of an OSGeo committee

The application process for recognised OSGeo Community Leaders is the 
same as for other nominees.

Full text of our processes are at:
* http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Membership_Process_2014
* http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2014

Cameron Shorter,
Software and Data Solutions Manager
Suite 112, Jones Bay Wharf,
26 - 32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

P +61 2 9009 5000,  W www.lisasoft.com,  F +61 2 9009 5099

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