[OTT_OSGEO] Mission Statement

Scott Mitchell smitch at connect.carleton.ca
Sat Jul 29 16:08:23 EDT 2006

Both the mission statement and the list of objectives look good to  
me.  The statement is nice and concise, the list provides elaboration  
and invitation to prospective participants to help them evaluate  
their interest in participating/helping out.  The focus and range of  
activities seem very appropriate in terms of value and sustainability.


On Jul 29, 2006, at 15:13, Frank Warmerdam wrote:

> Folks,
> I don't want to do too much navel gazing with regard to the mission
> statements and the such.  But I have prepared a draft mission  
> statement
> for wider review.  Let me know if you have concerns.  Note the mission
> statement is deliberately not detailed.
> """
>  Mission
> The OSGeo Ottawa Chapter exists to provide support for local users  
> of Open Source Geospatial software, and to promote the goals and  
> projects of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. The Chapter is  
> focused on the National Capital Region around Ottawa with face to  
> face meetings providing networking, support and educational  
> opportunities to the local members.
> """
> Some noteworthy implications:
>  o I have tried to stress the role of the local chapter in helping  
> it's
>    members by explicitly listing "support for local users" and by  
> indicating
>    the local meetings are for "networking, support and educational
>    opportunities"
>  o It also notes that the local chapter exists to promote the goals  
> and
>    projects of the foundation.  We can chose to interprete this  
> somewhat
>    liberally to include projects not formally part of the  
> foundation (like
>    PostGIS, etc), and to emphasize the goals for which there is local
>    interest.
>  o I have included the whole national capital region, but  
> specifically avoided
>    trying to imply a broader mandate.  Basically, I'm suggesting a  
> focus
>    around face to face meetings rather than this being a provincial or
>    national group.  Of course we may take on a few broader items  
> but that
>    isn't our focus.
> Dave has prepared a bunch of more specific objectives which I have
> augmented a bit.  These are currently:
> """
>  Objectives
>     * Monthly face to face meetings
>           o Networking
>           o Presentations
>           o Workshops and Tutorials
>           o User to user support
>           o Job Opportunities
>           o HowTo's
>     * Colaborative Projects
>           o Documentation
>           o Local Data Sets
>           o Supporting OSGEO projects at large
>     * Regional Events
>           o Conference
>           o Demonstrations
>     * Communication
>           o Active mailing List
>           o Content Rich Wiki
>           o Outreach to local Geo community
>           o Documented Activities
> """
> I added "Networking", "User to user support" and "Job Opportunities"
> because I think these are especially achievable at the local level.
> To a large extent participation in broad OSGeo projects can be done by
> folks without a local chapter, though discussing and working on  
> some of
> them as a local group may prove helpful.
> Best regards,
> -- 
> --------------------------------------- 
> +--------------------------------------
> I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam,  
> warmerdam at pobox.com
> light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
> and watch the world go round - Rush    | President OSGF, http:// 
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