[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Members: What kind of an OSGeo Board do we want?

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 07:12:33 PDT 2017

First up my respect and thanks to the 9 candidates that have agreed to stand for a position on the OSGeo Board. https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Member_Nominations_2017 <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Member_Nominations_2017> It is a fantastic indication of our vibrant, passionate community that we have 9 people willing to offer their experience, wisdom, energy and most importantly time to serve.

Charter members, we have a tough choice to make to select 5 of these 9 outstanding candidates to serve for the next 2 years. I thought I would share some of the considerations that will influence my choices when we get to vote, they may help others to identify what is important to them in making their choices and they may also prompt some of the candidates when they write their personal statements/manifestos.

We have an opportunity to shape the board in terms of professional background, gender and experience

The current board is balanced between practitioners/developers and academics - do we want to maintain that balance?
Currently 3/9 of the board are women (Anita is standing down, thanks for your contributions, Helena is standing for re-election)
4 of the 5 board members standing down are standing for re-election, additionally 2 past members of the board are standing for election. There are 3 candidates who have not served on the board.

Some questions for candidates:
If you are standing for re-election - what roles have you taken in the last 2 years? what do you believe you have achieved and what has not worked as well as you hoped?
All candidates - what role, specific topics would you like to work on within the board and why? what do you hope to contribute and achieve in the next 2 years?
If there was only 1 thing you could change in the next 2 years what would it be?

May the FOSS be with you all 

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