[OSGeo-Discuss] Polling charter members

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 20:36:05 PDT 2014

I agree it is a bit strange P Kishor:

I helped organise a very small foss4g-au "unconference" in 2012 with Nathan.

A couple weeks ago Rob Emanuele asked if I could help out with foss4g-na -
not sure what I will be doing yet. Rob is a passionate scala developer, and
it is great to see that enthusiasm directed towards holding an event.

I would rather make use of this time to hear tips and tricks for running a
successful regional foss4g event. So if we are playing with a football, at
least we are on the same team.


Jody Garnett

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM, P Kishor <punk.kish at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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