[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo-EU toward a new OSGeo scenario?

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Tue May 3 03:28:40 PDT 2016

Dear Dirk and all,
I came across the eu at list.osgeo.org which I didn't know the existence
before of your last message. The archive [1] is showing very low traffic (2
thread, one of 2015 and one of 2016) with few contributors to the
discussions (3 people).
In my opinion times are very immature for creating an OSGeo-EU; it seems to
me that the discussion just started.

Apart from visions and perspective which could be different, i'm concerned
about the creation of an European OSGeo chapter and maybe in the next
future of an Asian one.
To my point of View, this may be the start of a disruption process which
could lead to to the creation of  multiple regional foundations.

I have to say that I was already reluctant on the formation of North
American chapter for the same reason.

This structure is one option, but then I see the "international OSGeo" (now
OSGeo only) to be totally redesigned in the case.

Probably each continent should then elect one/two representatives for the
"international OSGeo" and each "continental chapter" will have their
members and their rules that scale down to "national local chapters" that
have their own rules and members and elects representatives for the
continental chapter.

Also each "continental" will have its annual conference and the
International could happen once every two years.

Said that, I have no recipe and while understanding the motivation behind
this disruption process I have some fear of splitting communities. This may
lead in the future to different incubation processes, visions strategies

If this is the selected "option" I which that the process of
de-localization could be run in a more democratic way - doocracy is good
but when important matters involves several people democracy is far way
better as it explicitly involve everyone, not only those who " tends to
favor the more vocal people, leaving the "general opinion" largely unknown."

So my question (with no prejudices) is, are we going toward and do we seek
for a different OSGeo scenario?


[1] http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/European-Union-Chapter-f5250537.html

Sorry if I garbled my understanding of the initial email, I did ask for
clarification :P

Jody Garnett

On 2 May 2016 at 12:23, Massimiliano Cannata <massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch>

> Dear Board Members,
> while I understand the call for presentation for the OSGeo vision,
> regarding FOSS4G Europe, i see different visions within the community.
> One things is the EU local chapter, another is the FOSS4G local event
> which has a different vision in my understanding and my opinion.
> What is your opinion?
> Maxi
> 2016-05-02 17:56 GMT+02:00 Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com>:
>> Thanks Till:
>> I see that the presentation covering our mission/vision/goals has been
>> accepted <http://2016.foss4g.org/talks.html#306> - perhaps that can take
>> some pressure of keynotes? I would appreciate company if Maxi (who has been
>> doing so much planning work) was willing.
>> To clarify point two - are you considering a european foss4g event? Or a
>> vision for how OSGeo can be effective in Europe.
>> --
>> Jody Garnett
>> On 2 May 2016 at 11:19, <till.adams at fossgis.de> wrote:
>>> Dear OSGeo board,
>>> I come to you in sight of OSGeo presence @FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn. After
>>> sending out the accteptance-emails for the proposals for the regular track
>>> we now also care heavily about all the other programme related issues.
>>> One thing we want to finalize ASAP are the plenary talks/sessions we
>>> will have.
>>> We would be very pleased, if we could have two presentations from OSGeo
>>> within the limits of our plenary sessions:
>>> 1. Traditionally the OSGeo president should run the Sol Katz Award
>>> session as well as the student awardings - both together in the closing
>>> session.  So we would be happy if Venka would agree in adopting that. This
>>> would be  on friday afternoon, the detailed time schedule will come soon.
>>> 2. In order to have both, a presentation of OSGeo's new "Vision and
>>> Mission" but also to present the "Vision of an European FOSS4G" I would
>>> like to ask kindly whether Vice-President Dirk Frigne wants to talk about
>>> this in a keynote on wednesday noon. I think especially on an european
>>> FOSS4G with a lot of european organisations being advocated, showing the
>>> vision of a worldwide, but also of an european FOSS4G makes a lot of sense.
>>> Dirk as a Vice-President is the perfect person to combine both talks into
>>> one.
>>> Please also consider organizing the OSGeo booth, for questions just
>>> contact me.
>>> Till
> --
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