[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] Polling charter members

Maria Antonia Brovelli maria.brovelli at polimi.it
Thu Sep 18 02:04:38 PDT 2014

Dear All
I agree completely with Margherita. The most of people are asking themselves what it is happening.
Please who was and is involved, please write the history of what has happened on a wiki page. When the plot is finalised the charter members  vote.

Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli
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Da: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org <discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Margherita Di Leo <diregola at gmail.com>
Inviato: giovedì 18 settembre 2014 10.13
A: Jachym Cepicky
Cc: <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>; conference; osgeo-board List; Steven Feldman
Oggetto: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] Polling charter members

Dear All,

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM, Jachym Cepicky <jachym.cepicky at gmail.com<mailto:jachym.cepicky at gmail.com>> wrote:
Just noting,

discussion about relationship between LocationTech and OSGeo is here
since 2012 (IIRC). That many people did not pain attention to it
(actually including myself up to certain time), is not fault of OSGeo
.. or LocationTech.

It's just actually boring topic. We are community of (mostly)
developers and users of FOSS4G (not conference, but software in this
case). This sounds like politics .. who would pay attention? So, now
we are here, things are happening, we can finally talk to whole
community, because of this IMHO *is* important topic - two big
organisations are trying to find a way, how to cooperate in the future
for better free and open source software for geospatial! This is good.
If for nothing else, then for clarifying OSGeo's position.

If anyone is wondering why most charter members remained silent about the topic, here i can offer my 2 cents..
It is true that this is a long story, but it's hard to find all the elements needed for judgement. I'd ask those that have personally followed the steps, to kindly fill a wiki page with the most important facts. Another thing is that, for those that couldn't make it at FOSS4G, it is (I believe) not easy to understand on what exactly the community of charter members is being called to express their opinion. What does it mean "to cooperate" and what does it imply for the organizations involved? Is it a case by case cooperation what you're talking about? why it looks like is the FOSS4G event at stake here?

Thanks for any pointers

Best regards,

Dr. Margherita DI LEO
Scientific / technical project officer

European Commission - DG JRC
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
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I-21027 Ispra (VA) - Italy - TP 261

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Disclaimer: The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.
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