[OSGeo-Discuss] Welcome to new OSGeo President and Vice Presidents

Ravi ravivundavalli at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 1 23:51:20 PST 2016

Welcome Venkatesh Raghavan as new President of OSGeo. Known as Venka with affection, he has been the spirit behind many an OSGeo events, and many an OSGeo Local chapters. Aa a Globe trotter, Venka for sure will take OSGeo initiatives to new heights globally.
Welcome also to OSGeo Vice Presidents Professor Helena Mitasova and Dirk Frigne. I fondly remember my visit to Helena's alma mater where in 3D printing using GRASS was being experimented. With "Open source is becoming a human right in our modern world" (from Dirk's website), I am sure Open Geospatial data will be a human right too..

All the best and Cheers
V.Ravi Kumar, OSGeo India

    On Monday, 1 February 2016 6:02 PM, Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

  Dear All,

I am pleased to share the good news of us having new OSGeo President and two new Vice Presidents and welcoming them on behalf of our community.

Welcome to our new OSGeo President Professor Venkatesh Raghavan .Venka needs no introduction to the community but i will formally introduce him in his new role.

Venkatesh Raghavan is Professor of Geoinformatics at the Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University, Japan. He coined the FOSS4G acronym in 2004 to denote Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics and has been promoting FOSS4G ever since. He is also one of the founders of OSGeo and currently serves as Charter Member and also plays active role in OSGeo Local Chapters in Asia. His research interest includes Geospatial Services, Sensor Web and Remote Sensing for change detection. Recently, involved in ZOO WPS Platform Project. He also also Team leader and member in several Geoinformatics projects and vast experience in conducting national and international training programs and development of learning materials for RS/GIS using FOSS4G. On 25th October 2012, Venka was named as the recipient of the 2012 Sol Katz Award, at the inaugural FOSS4G-India event, in Hyderabad.

Venka is also the Asia chair of our education outreach initiative GeoforAll (along with Thuy Vu) and had been actively working to expand OSGeo education and outreach by  establishing dedicated Open Source Geospatial Labs in universities across Asia to further expand geospatial education opportunities to all. His details at https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Venkatesh_Raghavan 

Also welcome to our new OSGeo Vice Presidents Professor Helena Mitasova and Dirk Frigne.

Details are at http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/board_and_officers.html  

We are pleased to see two new Vice Presidents are also included in the OSGeo structure . This is really excellent idea and is a really good plan for ensuring smooth continuity of OSGeo for the future. Presidents role is very busy role with many travel etc, so  by having Vice Presidents  we can reduce the travel and workloads associated with the role. It is also good to have a Vice President familiar with operations to ensure continuity (and accommodate vacations).

I want to take this opportunity to thank Jeff for all the excellent contributions and work he did as our OSGeo President. He has taken OSGeo to new heights through his tireless work and efforts for our community over many many years.  Jeff provided huge support for our education efforts and  expanding Geo4All. Also this is great opportunity to say thank you to each member of the OSGeo Board both past and present who all have contributed their time and efforts to help build up this amazing community.

Best wishes,

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