[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Nominating Brent Wood as OSGeo Charter Member

Vasile Craciunescu vasile at geo-spatial.org
Sun Jul 17 15:15:09 PDT 2016

Forwarding Brent Wood nomination by Bruce Bannerman.

Best regards,
2016 OSGeo Elections CRO

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Subject: 	Nominating Brent Wood as OSGeo Charter Member
Date: 	Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:12:33 +1000
From: 	Bruce Bannerman <bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com>
To: 	cro at osgeo.org

Dear CRO,

I would like to nominate Brent Wood as OSGeo Charter Member.

I have known Brent for over eight years, starting from our time as 
members of the FOSS4G-2009 Local Organising Committee. Brent was a key 
member of the LOC.

Brent is a tireless advocate of open source spatial software solutions.

Brent has been actively involved with FOSS GIS as a user since the early 
days of GRASS & PC MOSS in the early 1980's on IBM PC XT clones, back 
when a 10Mb hard drive was considered large, spacious and fast!

He is not a software developer, but through his role at NIWA, NZ, he has 
funded work on QGIS, Geonetwork, Geoserver, GDAL & Postgis, and also 
contributed to the non-OSGEO but open source Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) 
mapping & analysis tools.

He has run GIS, Postgres/Postgis, QGIS and GMT presentations and 
workshops both through his work, and through other Open Source 
initiatives in New Zealand for over 20 years, and has been a member of 
the New Zealand Open Source Society council for some years.

A web portal he developed in 2008 (totally open source) was described as 
"an exemplar for government open data discovery and delivery". The 
Geonetwork metadata catalogue he implemented for New Zealand's 
contribution to the Census of Antarctic Marine Life was described as the 
best such facility of all (global) participants in the International 
Polar Year/CAML initiative.

He is also active in the open data and open standards arenas in New 
Zealand. He has just been nominated for an award under the NZ Open 
Source Awards for his contribution to open source in New Zealand in the 
geospatial arena.

As a user, rather than developer, Brent is a regular on several OSGeo 
and other mailing lists, offering answers and help, as well as sometimes 
asking for the same. He is a regular attendee and presenter at FOSS4G 
since 2009, and organises the NZ QGIS User Group.

I commend Brent to you as a worthy OSGeo Charter Member.

Bruce Bannerman

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