[Marketing] Marketing meeting to finalise definition of an OSGeo Ambassador role

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue May 29 13:59:39 PDT 2012

I've set up a meeting next week to discuss then finalise the setting of 
an OSGeo Ambassador role. Hope to see many of you at the meeting, or if 
you can't make it, please share your thoughts (and vote?) on email 
before hand.

Location: irc://irc.freenode.net/#osgeo

Location 	Local time 	
Wellington <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=264> (New 
Zealand) 	Tuesday, 5 June 2012 at 8:30:00 AM 	
Sydney <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=240> 
(Australia - New South Wales) 	Tuesday, 5 June 2012 at 6:30:00 AM 	
Rome <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=215> (Italy) 
Monday, 4 June 2012 at 10:30:00 PM 	
New York <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=179> (U.S.A. 
- New York) 	Monday, 4 June 2012 at 4:30:00 PM 	
San Francisco <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=224> 
(U.S.A. - California) 	Monday, 4 June 2012 at 1:30:00 PM 	

The current proposal is here:

This topic has been discussed by many of you on discuss, marketing and 
board email lists. Here is a summary of comments, along with my suggestions:

1. There has emerged to be two roles which people have been categorising 
under the title of "OSGeo Ambassador"
a. Someone knowledgeable in OSGeo, who can speak at conferences and the 
like. This is what we are focusing on for this definition of the role.
b. Someone who can negotiate MOU and similar on behalf of the OSGeo 
board. This is proposed to be treated separately, with the OSGeo Board 
delegated to someone they see fit to do the job, on a case-by-case basis.

2.  There has been concern (from FrankW?) about defining a role which is 
exclusive and prevents people from just stepping up an volunteering. 
This is addressed by letting anyone who believes they have OSGeo 
experience and thinks them self worthy can step forward and volunteer.

3. There has been concern (from Arnulf?) that our categorisation is too 
complicated. (We are proposing Board Members, Charter Members, Voted 
Positions, Community Members). I believe that we do need some way to 
define OSGeo experience, because that is one of the key criteria that 
conference organisors look for when selecting speakers and key notes. We 
can potentially de-emphasise the categorisation by moving it into the 
"Description" field rather than making a heading out of it.

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Solutions Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

Think Globally, Fix Locally
Geospatial Solutions enhanced with Open Standards and Open Source

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