[OSGeo-Discuss] Polling charter members

P Kishor punk.kish at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 13:42:25 PDT 2014

My guess is, just as I do, most Charter Members find this entire thread
very alien. For us who don't go to FOSS4G, OSGeo means something completely
different (here is where I disagree with an earlier email—I think it was Jo
Cook—that folks know OSGeo products but not OSGeo). To suddenly hear of all
this chatter about FOSS4G being used as a football between OSGeo and
LocationTech (an org I heard about for the first time also in this thread)
is like waking up at night to find a bunch of strangers chatting in your
living room.

Definitely, involving Charter Members would be a very sound and nice thing
to do.

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Before we get to the stage of polling charter members and local chapters,
> it would be helpful if more of the charter membership and local chapters
> chipped in with their opinions. Many seem to have been very quiet, i am
> sure they must have a view
> ______
> Steven
> On 17 Sep 2014, at 20:00, conference-europe-request at lists.osgeo.org wrote:
> *From: *Massimiliano Cannata <massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch>
> *Subject: **Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Hacking OSGeo*
> *Date: *17 September 2014 19:22:24 BST
> *To: *P Kishor <punk.kish at gmail.com>
> *Cc: *OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> Puneet,
> I agree with you, this is an "hot" decision that cannot be taken by a
> small group of people without at least have heard about what the *OSGeo
> community* think about.
> In this tread I have learnt a lot on LocationTech and on motivation that
> pushed some OSGeo members to embrace also LocationTech. I can really feel
> the desire to help and foster geospatial open source software from those
> guys.
> BTW, I also believe that FOSS4G is the OSGeo event.
> For this reason I believe that if OSGeo want to change things and *share* it
> with LocationTech (not just let them organize it in the name of), we need a
> deep OSGeo internal discussion at all level: Local Chapters, Charter
> members, Committees and finally the Board which has the responsibility to
> vote on this.
> So, my proposal is:
> 1) Have a formal proposal from LocationTech which explain terms of
> collaboration, commitments and guarantees
> 2) Publish publicly this proposal for a period (let's say 2 week) for
> people to look into this proposal
> 3) Call for a vote from charter members
> 4) Call for a letter of position letter from each committee and local
> Chapters
> 5) Publish publicly the results
> 6) Discuss it on the next board meeting and finally have a vote and a
> letter of motivation from the Board
> BTW, the FOSS4G-EUROPE website (http://foss4g-e.org/) states clearly at
> the home page: "OSGeo's European Conference on Free and Open Source
> Software for Geospatial".
> I hope this doesn't hurt anyone, and brings positive point of discussion.
> It is just my personal thought as a new board member, and sorry if I've
> lost some best practice currently in place.
> Maxi
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Puneet Kishor
Manager, Science and Data Policy
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