[OSGeo-UK] Minutes from OSGeo:UK chapter AGM

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Mon Jul 25 10:34:37 EDT 2011

Hi Jo, All,

Thanks for the update on 3rd OSGeo: UK AGM (apologies for delay in reply because of  lot of workload). Definitely it is good to see the OSGeo: UK chapter building up from strength to strength and i am hoping this continues.

Thanks for the info about you setting up bank account for OSGeo: UK with AGI. My suggestion is that you request AGI to send yearly summary of the accounts of OSGeo:UK bank account and make it publically available at OSGeo: UK website. Also you can present this at the AGM each year.

Good to know about the code repository being developed under OSGeo banner. Also the OSGeo:UK monthly press release is an excellent idea. Any volunteers for taking this forward?

Best wishes,


Dr Suchith Anand
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From: uk-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:uk-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Jo Cook
Sent: 23 June 2011 00:03
To: uk at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: [OSGeo-UK] Minutes from OSGeo:UK chapter AGM

Many thanks to everyone who attended the OSGeo:UK 3rd AGM at OSGIS in Nottingham today. Here's some short minutes for those that couldn't make it.

Chapter membership (using the mailing list as the only available metric) has increased from 80-115 over the last year. This surpasses what we hoped for- which was to pass the 100 mark, so thanks to all the new people who have got involved!

The big success in terms of community building has been our regular IRC meetings. These take place monthly on the #osgeo-uk channel, on the last monday of the month, between 1 and 2PM GMT (or BST as appropriate). We get a regular group of around 15 people, and it's the best place to find out about events, training etc.

The Association for Geographic Information have kindly agreed to provide a bank account for us. This is a role they extend to a number of smaller geospatial organisations in the UK, and it's extremely helpful as it means we don't need to worry about the infrastructure needed to do this ourselves. We have had a number of donations this year, which is extremely kind and has allowed us to begin producing marketing materials such as our conference banner, and also to begin sponsoring some small events such as the AGI Northern Group meeting on open source geospatial software that took place on June 16th.

We have begun asking for case studies, and have produced a template to make it as easy as possible for people to do this. We have received around 8 this year, with a number of others "promised". These are all available on our website.

Our plans for the next 12 months are to build on the great foundations of the last year. We need to come up with some fund-raising targets and mechanisms, to allow us to continue producing marketing materials and sponsoring events. If we wish to host FOSS4G in the UK in 2013 then we need to submit an expression of interest in June next year.

We are going to set up a code repository under the OSGeo banner, to allow us to host a number of UK specific small pieces of code such as the Ordnance Survey Mastermap Loader and QGis plugin that are being developed collaboratively by Astun Technology, Faunalia and the Ordnance Survey.

We are also going to start producing monthly press releases, probably following on from the monthly IRC meeting. These will be distributed to the UK Geospatial Press. We are also going to focus our "social media" attentions on LinkedIn and Twitter rather than Facebook. Volunteers are requested to help with keeping these channels up to date and relevant, via our twitter hashtag #osgeouk or by contributing news items to the LinkedIn group.

I think that's about it- again many thanks to all those that attended- I hope you all had a great conference and I hope to see you all in September 2012 if not before!



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