[OSGeo-Discuss] Hacking OSGeo

Andrew Ross andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Wed Sep 17 04:45:44 PDT 2014

Dear Bart, Jürgen, All

Here's a few thoughts that are probably a good place to start. We 
started to get into them at Saturday's board meeting. Feedback here is 
very welcome.

1) The FOSS4G North America 2015 <https://2015.foss4g-na.org/> site 
mentions the event is a collaborative event by OSGeo & LocationTech. Is 
this acceptable? Yes/No

For what it's worth, our committees felt the above was totally fine.

Just in case not everyone was aware, the Eclipse Foundation's (aka 
LocationTech's) role in the event is to finance/underwrite, organize 
logistics like catering/Audio & Visual/etc, develop the web sites,  
handle registration, handle all the on-site details during the event, 
and business development/ working with sponsors throughout.

Our committees (Organizing & Program) are made up of people from the 
FOSS4G community which transcends OSGeo, LocationTech, & beyond. They 
decide the program content at arm's length and have heavy influence over 
how the conference looks/feels and any special programs we're doing such 
as diversity, outreach, and social events/aspects of the conference.

2) For future global events where the Eclipse Foundation (aka. 
LocationTech) provides organizing logistics as described in #1, would 
the same representation on the website as #1 be acceptable? Yes/No

Kind regards,


On 17/09/14 02:29, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
> Hi Jurgen,
> some of the discussions started on the conference e-mail list a while back (http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/conference_dev/) but only recently this discussion moved to the discuss list. That might explain some of the confusion.
> I don’t think there is any information which is not out in the open as yet.
> Andrew is best to comment on your other question, but I personally was mostly interested to see how conference organising could benefit from LocationTech’s offer to help.
> No board decision has happened as yet. Normally after discussion settles in the community, the board might vote on specific motions that are brought to the table, but this step of the process has not yet been reached.
> Hope this clarifies a bit, and sorry for the unsettling irritation all this has caused.
> Best regards,
> Bart
> On 17 Sep 2014, at 10:21, Jürgen E. Fischer <jef at norbit.de> wrote:
>> Hi Bart,
>> On Wed, 17. Sep 2014 at 09:49:51 +0200, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
>>> can you please at least give the board a chance to form an opinion on this?
>>> If it ever gets to the point that a motion is on the table and you have not
>>> been persuaded, you can always vote -1.
>> Did an essential piece of information not get into the open yet, did I merely
>> miss it or just missed to see it's importance?
>> Is it "just" the FOSS4G event organisation that LocationTech apparently wants
>> to help (more?) with or is there more?
>> What pending board decision is causing all this (rather unsettling) irritation?
>> Jürgen
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