[OSGeo-Discuss] Hacking OSGeo

Gert-Jan van der Weijden gert-jan at osgeo.nl
Wed Sep 17 05:18:37 PDT 2014

Jeff, Andrew, Bart, Jürgen, All,



My 2 cents:

- Give this discussion a fresh restart under a new threadname, since
"hacking OSGeo" is a bit biased ;-)

- Especially to Jeff: try to make distinction between your personal opinion
and your role as OSGeo president

- In the Netherlands we have some discussion on the topic of collaboration
with other (both general and commercial-oriented) organisations as well. 

Despite different feelings on this (both within the Dutch board, as well as
in the comunity) we still manage to turn this into a frank and constructive


I bet you all can do this on the topic as well!



greeting from the lowlands, 




Chairman of the dutch local chapter OSGeo.nl




Van: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] Namens Andrew Ross
Verzonden: woensdag 17 september 2014 13:46
Aan: discuss at lists.osgeo.org
Onderwerp: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Hacking OSGeo


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
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,
On 17 Sep 2014, at 10:21, Jürgen E. Fischer  <mailto:jef at norbit.de>
<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
miss it or just missed to see it's importance?
Is it "just" the FOSS4G event organisation that LocationTech apparently
to help (more?) with or is there more?
What pending board decision is causing all this (rather unsettling)
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