[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGEO US National Chapter

Randal Hale rjhale at northrivergeographic.com
Thu Mar 15 12:02:44 PDT 2018


Thanks to a few successful events here in the US, (Especially Boston
FOSS4G 2017) several of us have been working toward formation of a US
OSGEO Chapter. We've talked to several people in and around the US and
multiple people involved in local chapters. I guess consider this a first
shout of "Hello OSGEO World".

Following the Guidelines [1] for Chapter formation we have a good start:

1. Self Organizing: Based on informal discussions with OSGeo members
online and at the FOSS4G conference there is a major interest in how to
support and build community across the nation. Technocation [2] is a
non-profit that can act as a formal home for the OSGeo.US chapter.

2. Mission Statement: OSGeo.US will cultivate and support local OSGeo
chapters and projects in the United States. OSGeo.US will also support
activities and events that build awareness of the OSGeo and create
opportunities to grow the OSGeo community.

I also realized in this email - we've yet to stick anything on the
wiki.osgeo.org site - we'll get that done shortly.

3. As for an official rep for the chapter: I was nominated by the group
to be the official Spokesperson for now. So I'll do what I can to answer
emails or drag someone else into the mix to answer them if I can't.

4. I'll be sending more information to the OSGEO Board - I
wanted to start a discussion now and see if there was any angst that I
or anyone else could address and if anyone else was interested in
helping push this along.

5. TBD Later

Anyway - Since I've not quit done anything like this before - Excuse
anything I've forgotten or not done properly in this first announcement.


[1] http://www2.osgeo.org/content/chapters/guidelines.html

[2] https://technocation.github.io/

Randal Hale
rjhale at northrivergeographic.com

Randal Hale
rjhale at northrivergeographic.com

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