[OSGeo-UK] Draft Terms of Reference for the local chapter

Joanne Cook j.cook at oxfordarch.co.uk
Mon Nov 24 08:46:31 EST 2008

Dear All,

After some months of absence on the list, I have put together a draft terms of reference for official recognition of the OSGeo UK local chapter. This follows on from some very successful conferences and training workshops, and of course planning for next years conference in conjunction with the University of Nottingham.

The attached pdf includes the chapter guidelines from the OSGeo website, and at the bottom, my first attempt at the terms of reference for the UK chapter.

There are a couple of things I would specifically like comment on. The first is the name of the chapter. There is a likelihood that a Scottish chapter will be set up, but I would like to retain the name "UK" to avoid confusion with "English" as a linguistic grouping, and to ensure that Welsh and Irish colleagues don't feel excluded.

Furthermore, there is a requirement that we name an official representative of the chapter, who becomes an officer of OSGeo once the chapter is officially recognised. I have put my name down in the first instance, but if anyone objects, or particularly feels that this should be put to the vote, then do say, either on or off-list. I envisage putting this to the vote every year or so anyway once the chapter is officially formed.

I'd be grateful for feedback fairly soon about this, so I can make any changes and make the official request to OSGeo within the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again,


Joanne Cook
Senior IT Support and Development
Oxford Archaeology (North)
01524 880212

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