[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Charter Member Nomination: Tina Cormier

Kristin Bott bottk at reed.edu
Fri Sep 8 10:36:48 PDT 2017

All --

I've been asked to provide further details on my +1. Again, positive
<https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Membership_Process#Positive_Attributes> below
for your reference.

I was also impressed by Tina's involvement in this year's FOSS4G; I feel
that her numerous contributions at the conference (talks, workshop) work
speaks to her dedication to open source approaches and making those
approaches accessible to users. Notably, as R continues to grow in
popularity within the data/science community as an analytical platform, I
believe that OSGeo stands to gain if the community is able to be conversant
with R in addition to the other platforms/languages with which folks might
already be familiar. (I believe this plus Alex's nomination speaks to
Tina's fit under the "positive attributes" of *"support[ing] and
promot[ing] the use of free and open source geospatial software, education,
and data..."* as well as "*participation in or support of OSGeo activities"*

As to diversity, I believe that Tina's proficiency in R (in addition to
many other open source platforms) is a mark in her favor. And, to continue
singing the same old song (see Aleda Freeman nomination +1 follow-up) I
don't believe that the list of Charter Members is representative of the
user community of OSGeo projects; I believe we're skewed on a couple of
demographic axes. One of those is gender. Let's work on that.

Further discussion / opinions / information needed, let me know.

cheers -

*Recommended membership selection criteria include:*

   - *Members should believe in the general goals of the Foundation. To
   support and promote the use of free and open source geospatial software,
   education and data in a collaborative manner.*
   - *Previous participation in or support of OSGeo activities*
   - *The person should already have made a contribution to free and open
   source geospatial software, education or open data.*
   - *The person should be willing to put in time and effort on the
   Foundation, perhaps joining committee(s), or volunteering in some other way
   that gets the Foundation going.*
   - *Members should be prepared to work constructively and positively
   towards the goals of the Foundation. Good teamwork skills are an asset.*

*Membership nominations should strive to promote diversity:*

   - *Nominate members representing a diversity of geographic regions,
   diversity of projects, diversity of programming languages.*
   - *Nominate members representing and diversity of interests (e.g.,
   corporate, hobbyist, educational, scientific).*
   - *Nominate members representing a diversity of humanity including
   gender and race *

On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 3:53 AM, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>

> Forwarding Tina Cormier nomination by Alex Mandel. The 2017 member
> nominations list was updated [1].
> Best regards,
> Vasile & Jeff
> 2017 OSGeo Elections CROs
> [1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_Member_Nominations_2017
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> I would like to nominate Tina Cormier for OSGeo Charter Membership.
> Tina was a star of FOSS4G2017 in Boston, presenting a workshop (‘Geo
> with R? Yes We Can!’) and three talks (‘A Journey through R for Geo’, ‘R
> in the Z-dimension: Processing lidar data for free’, and ‘Two laptops
> and a bag of thumb drives: Knitting together a global community using
> FOSS4G’)
> She has taught workshops in countries all over the world, from Peru to
> Nepal, as well as her home country the USA. Workshop topics range from
> programming in R, using QGIS, to processing lidar with open source tools.
> Tina promotes open source actively on Twitter and is now working with
> OSGeo-Live project on R quickstarts, and lidR package on improving user
> friendliness.
> Tina would be an asset to OSGeo as a remote sensing data scientist who
> works in academic research and industry, and helps represent women, R,
> LIDAR, and power user communities.
> -Alex Mandel
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