[OSGeo-Discuss] Code of Conduct in Real Case

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Jun 24 05:03:39 PDT 2015

I thank Sanghee for bringing this to the community.  I want to point out
that having just a "Code of Conduct", words, on a website is not enough,
there needs to be a whole structure of how to handle this.  In bold
letters I want to state publicly: there is currently no implementation
plan for the OSGeo Code of Conduct.  This is not acceptable.  A few good
volunteers have been discussing offline how to setup an implementation
plan, as well as possibly even a new OSGeo committee for this, great,
but, it is still in discussion stage.  Without some sort of plan,
community members are already contacting me directly with reports, and I
have no formal way to handle these reports.  (Sanghee was nice enough to
help me solve this together publicly, but, this obviously cannot apply
to all reports)

I suggest, propose, that if there is no implementation plan for the Code
of Conduct by the 1st of September, that the Code of Conduct is removed
from all visible OSGeo pages, and is replaced with a simple Diversity

I am sorry for being direct here, but, as you can see, this needs to
move forward, or not at all.


Jeff McKenna
President, OSGeo

On 2015-06-24 7:22 AM, Sanghee Shin wrote:
> Dear All,
> It’s now time to apply OSGeo CoC(Code of Conduct)[0] in real case.
> I was asked to remove a few slides from my presentation "7 Reasons why you should come to FOSS4G 2015 Seoul”[1], which is at the main page of FOSS4G Seoul, as being possibly offensive to women. Specifically to say, slide #6 (nude female in painting) and slide #20 (row of female models) are those controversial ones.
> I refused this asking immediately because I don’t believe my presentation breach the OSGeo CoC and I don’t agree with that view.
> However since this is not the first time asking me to remove those slides from my presentation and OSGeo now have CoC, I think we’d better discuss this issue more openly to reach conclusions.
> I might be wrong and I’d like to hear other people’s opinion on this from all around the world. Also I expect Conference Committee’s input as well, because this is the matter of OSGeo conference.
> I’m open to remove/amend/keep those slides after hearing other people’s opinions on this. Also I believe it’ll be a great chance for OSGeo to learn how to apply CoC in real cases.
> *Sidenote for defending myself:
> - Slide #6 is the part of Salvador Dali’s well known painting named “Lincoln in Dalivision”[2]
> - Slide #20 is the picture of famous girl group, Girls’ Generation(SNSD)[3], which I believe as symbolic icon of wide spread of Korean culture(K-Culture) in/around Asia.
> All the best,
> Sanghee
> [0]http://www.osgeo.org/code_of_conduct
> [1]http://2015.foss4g.org
> [2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_in_Dalivision
> [3]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls%27_Generation
> ---
> Sanghee Shin, Chair of FOSS4G 2015 Seoul
> "Toward Diversity! FOSS4G Bigbang from Seoul!"
> http://2015.foss4g.org
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> email: foss4gchair at osgeo.org

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