[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter member nomination: Ben Caradoc-Davies

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Sep 6 13:45:48 PDT 2017

*name:* Ben Caradoc-Davies
*country:* New Zealand
*contact email:*  ben at transient.nz

Ben Caradoc-Davies is a longstanding member of the GeoServer community -
first with his role at the Australian research group "CSIRO" and more
recently as a independent contractor from is native New Zealand.

As a contributor Ben has demonstrated excellent leadership (volunteering
with the GeoServer Project Steering Committee and GeoTools Project
Management Committee) and mentoring of new contributors by answering
questions, offering encouragement, backed by kind words and constructive

Ben is exceptionally generous with his time: willing to take on the day to
day challenges of running a project, leading meetings, issuing multiple
releases a year, and stepping in for emergencies. The team has come to
depend on Ben's dedication to quality watching out for the build servers
and monitoring the travis automated builds.

Ben is also takes on some of the harder open source challenges for the
foundation as a whole. In my time as an OSGeo board member Ben has helped
clearly articulated our legal questions, and taken part in meetings with
our legal council.

I also had the privilege of organizing a foss4g-au event with Ben and
follow his open source advocacy work in Australia.

Although it is perhaps not a character reference I personally appreciate
Ben's coding and communication skills. His ability to contribute code in a
consistent, professional manner, and his communication skills make working
on the GeoServer project that much easier.
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