[GRASS-PSC] GRASS PSC elections in 2016

Helena Mitasova hmitaso at ncsu.edu
Sat May 14 19:17:25 PDT 2016

> On May 14, 2016, at 11:34 AM, Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org> wrote:
> Dear PSC,
> time has passed since the last elections in 2012. As the chair of the
> PSC I suggest that we renew part of the current PSC (see:
> https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/PSC#Members).
> I suggest the following tentative schedule:
> - May 2016: preannounce elections (see this email) and
>  - identify members who do not stand for election
>  - identify inactive members (here the Geoserver PSC has some useful rules [1]

I find the Geoserver rules rather drastic - they are really important for governance model where 
PSC makes a lot of decisions about development which is not the case for GRASS
I assume that our inactive members won’t be interested in standing for election and
that way their membership will end.
As suggested, we should have 3 year term membership so everybody will have to be
re-elected at least once in 3 years.
I like the way how the board of directors is elected - it ensures both the continuity and rotation of members.

>  - assign free'd up slots to election
> - May 2016: officially announce PSC elections
> - 16 June 2016, 12:00 UTC: nominations possible by community
> - June 2016: elections (here it would be great use the technology of
> the OSGeo charter member elections)

there will be new technology used this year - Vasile knows more about it.

>  Here we have the problem to not have a charter membership.

we can have a system where anybody can nominate a candidate and the contributors with 
svn access (both core and add-ons) vote - can you find out how many we have ?
This is just my suggestion to keep things simple - we can put this out for dicussion on the 
GRASS dev and users list.
> - July 2016: PSC communicates the new members.
> We need to solve the following issues:
> - how to remove members from the PSC? (see [1] for inspiration)

see my comment above - I don’t think the Geoserver model is good for us
(I don’t like kicking people out of anything), I think members should go through re-election every 3 years
if we start with this elections, third of the current member slots should open up
and the current members affected should stand or not stand for re-election.
We can randomly  pick up the slots to be freed to start the cycle.

> - how to elect new members?

if we have enough developers with svn access (core and add-on) they could represent “charter members”
because they are considered trusted members of the community.
But it would be good to find a way how to include power users who do not have svn access.
In the document [2], I think the nomination should go also to GRASS dev list (in addition to PSC and users list).

These are just my thoughts, others may have better ideas,


> Best,
> Markus
> [1] http://docs.geoserver.org/latest/en/developer/policies/psc.html#stepping-down
> [2] https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/PSC/Election2016 (draft)
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Helena Mitasova
Professor at the Department of Marine, 
Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
and Center for Geospatial Analytics
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
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