[OSGeo-Board] board nominee list
dbrookshier at collab.net
Tue Mar 14 18:04:21 EST 2006
I'll post it.
On Mar 14, 2006, at 3:55 PM, Chris Holmes wrote:
> Hey webcom, could you guys post this nomination text for me? And
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> best regards,
> Chris Holmes
> The Open Planning Project
> thoughts at: http://cholmes.wordpress.com
> Nominator, Seconds
> Nomination Text
> Seconds Text
> Jody Garnett
> Cameron Shorter, Frank Warmerdam
> I'd like to nominate Jody Garnett for the OSGeo Board.
> Jody sits across many of the java based OS GIS projects:
> He is the OSGeo representative, PMC member and developer for Geotools,
> He is the architect and team lead for UDig,
> He is a developer on Geoserver,
> In the OGC he is involved with GeoAPI and improving OGC standards
> (especially during the OWS3 testbed),
> He has been hacking Geospatial code for over 10 years and currently
> works for Refractions Research.
> Jody's commitment to Open Source, GIS and building communities
> ooses out of him, which is why I strongly recommend him for the board.
> I would like to second this nominations since Cameron beat me to it.
> - Frank Warmerdam
> Michael Gerleck
> Chris Holmes, Gary Lang, self
> I had never met or heard of Michael before the meeting in Chicago,
> but I found his contributions and advice to be incredibly
> valuable. He played a key role in helping to figure out the
> initial governance bootstrapping, and since has followed up with
> solid contributions to the wiki and sounding in on the irc
> channel. I think he would continue to provide a very reasoned and
> well thought out voice in the continued bootstrapping of the
> He could also prove a great resource on the board as an ambassador
> to proprietary software vendors to build on technologies like GDAL,
> OSSIM, GeoTools and FDO, a role he's excited about. And I'm happy
> to nominate him despite a short track record of os geo software
> experience, since he already seems quite committed to helping out
> and spreading OSGeo, regardless of the outcome.
> Seconded. - Gary Lang
> My "agenda", then, is to make sure we reach out to that part of the
> geo community that is today just trying to build good products and
> make some money -- to get them to understand the business proposition
> of the reuse and quality value in existing open source geo packages.
> To teach them that they can use open source internally and within
> their products, without necessarily having to give up their IP or
> open up their entire product line. To teach them about the value of
> submitting patches back, and to consider donating some money or
> manpower to these projects. Later still, perhaps, to consider opening
> up some of their own lesser projects, and to go on the record about
> their use and support of open source software.
> full text at:
> - Michael Gerleck
> Ned Horning
> Tyler Mitchell, Frank Warmerdam
> Ned works in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation for the
> Museum of Natural History (http://cbc.amnh.org/) as program manager
> remote sensing and GIS. He is an active promoter of open source
> tools in the global conservation community, including the
> development of
> teaching materials using these tools. He sees the bigger picture
> from an
> end-user perspective and has plenty of ideas for how he would like
> to see
> them come together for the greater good. I believe more of this
> would be valuable to have on the board and help ensure that the
> direction of the foundation is geared toward productive end use of our
> products. He is active in the conservation domain which has great
> need for
> OSGeo tools. He is a likable guy and easy to get along with - his
> vision and
> enthusiasm are encouraging. He is doing some great stuff...
> For further background I quote Gary Geller's nomination for Ned from
> "...Ned is the Remote Sensing and GIS Program Manager for the
> American Museum
> of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity Conservation (CBC). He
> explicitly included the development and promotion of open source
> software in his work plan to have the necessary institutional
> support to
> continue to support this work as part of his professional duties.
> He has been closely following free and open source geospatial
> development for over 10 years and has actively participated in a
> number of
> projects: Currently funding feature development for OpenEV. Added
> capabilities to NIH Image to support a NASA education project – A Mac
> application that has since been superseded by ImageJ.
> Participated in the NASA Image2000 software project that was
> eventually going
> to be released to the open source community although the funding
> plug got
> pulled and the project abruptly stopped. Secured money for QGIS
> starting in the spring of 2006. Teaches week-long remote sensing
> courses using
> only free and open source software.”
> I would like to second Ned's nomination.
> Ned has a thoughtful vision of where open source geospatial
> applications can go, and has worked to making them get there.
> Mark Lucas
> Frank Warmerdam, Gary Lang, Ned Horning, Pericles Nacionales
> Mark has been a supporter of Open Source for many years, and launched
> the RemoteSensing.org portal back in 1999 or so. For me, the
> and community focus it provided was pivotal in launch of GDAL. Mark
> also launched the OSSIM project and held together his team after they
> migrated out of ImageLinks. Mark has good contacts in the US federal
> government, and is helping to bring open source methodologies into
> groups there.
> Also telling was a comment Mark made in the Chicago meeting. He
> that we were all there because we wanted to find a way of making what
> we love to do (writing/using open source geospatial software)
> I think he has the organizational smarts, contacts, enthusiasm and
> perseverance to held us accomplish that as a foundation.
> Second - Gary Lang
> Well said. I'd like to echo your support for the nomination of Mark
> to the board. I don't know him well but have noted all of the
> qualities you mention through personal communication, his
> participation in RemoteSensing.org and OSSIM, and the Open Source
> Geospatial meetings. He seems to be a good compliment to the existing
> - Ned Horning
> I second this nomination. +1
> Helena Mitasova
> Markus Neteler, Ari Jolma
> Helena is in Open Source GIS since the '80s and a strong and long term
> contributor not only to the GRASS GIS project, but to Open Source
> geospatial technologies in general. I know Helena for 10 years, others
> in this forum maybe for even longer.
> She provides a valuable link to academia and also brings perspective
> from academia. Not just North Carolina State University, but she meets
> with people from other universities as well, including Michael
> Goodchild. She wants to promote OSGeo in UCGIS - University Consortium
> for GIScience), and can also bring some insight into US government
> sponsored GIS-research (federal and NC state). She can provide
> connections to East Europe, too.
> She wants to contribute to the core curriculum project of OSGeo and
> has a lot of experience with graduate students from a great variety of
> disciplines, from engineering, natural resources, computer science,
> Dave McIhagga
> Frank Warmerdam, Jason Birch, Gary Lang, Tyler Mitchell, Pericles
> I have known Dave since around 1997 when he, Daniel Morissette and I
> all worked for PCI. When he and Daniel struck out on their own he
> had a great client service ethic. But over the following few years he
> also came to appreciate the transformative power of Open Source in his
> own business and in providing his clients better value and quality.
> Since then the name DM Solutions has become synonymous with open
> source and
> he has become a prophet of the benefits of MapServer and Open
> Source around the world. His efforts on the OSGIS'04 conference,
> and his support for
> MapServer and MapTools.org have also been appreciated by the
> Dave has great experience in selling the value of open source
> technologies in the hard edged business world. He also has community
> building skills, and a willingness to do the right thing even if it
> the most expedient for his own business needs.
> Dave played a critical role in the launch of OSGeo, and I look forward
> keeping his nose to the grindstone to help make it a big success.
> Seconded - Jason Birch
> I second the nomination.
> - Gary Lang
> I agree wholeheartedly - Dave has helped fill critical needs in the
> osgeo community and was key in launching the foundation initiative.
> I would really like to see him on the board to help provide his
> insights, ideas and management skills. I have presented alongside
> Dave at various conferences and kicked many ideas around with him
> over the past few years - it is always a pleasure to work with him.
> I second that!
> Venkatesh Raghavan
> Markus Neteler, Jeff McKenna, Helena Mitasova
> I am honored to nominate Dr. Venkatesh Raghavan
> professor at Osaka City University in Japan, for one of the
> OSGeo board of directors seats.
> Venka is well known in Asia for his promotion of FOSS4G. He co-
> ordinated the
> successful FOSS/GRASS 2004 International conference in Bangkok,
> Preceeding this conference Jeff McKenna from DM Solutions and me (I
> awarded a fellowship from Venka to come to Japan and hold a couple
> of seminars
> in FOSS geomatics) came to Osaka to join the discussions. It was
> there in
> Bangkok then, over a few drinks, that initial discussions of a joint
> international FOSS geomatics conference for 2006 were discussed, in
> by Venka, Dave McIlhagga, Jeff and me. But I can honestly say that
> it was
> Venka's passion for FOSS geomatics that got the ball rolling. A very
> personable person, Venka has a way of setting you at ease, that
> hopefully all
> of you will get to experience.
> Venka has been a big promoter of FOSS geomatics in the Asian
> market. He has
> personally contributed to FOSS by being instrumental in bringing
> character support (i18N) to GRASS and MapServer (see http://
> writing a tutorial as well as creating FOSS4G installers for
> Mandrake Linux
> (including a MapServer/MapLab rpm available on maptools.org).
> Venka possesses a passion for FOSS geomatics, and, after discussing
> this with
> Jeff McKenna, we both feel that he would be a great asset to have
> on the board.
> Venka is currently traveling through Vietnam and Thailand, but he
> has said that
> when he returns he is excited to take more of an active role in the
> I second the nomination. As mentioned by Markus, it was Venka's
> vision that brought (and will bring) the GRASS and MapServer
> communities together initially. He is already a respected voice in
> SE Asia for FOSS4G, and his voice would be even stronger with a
> seat on the board.
> Having travelled to SE Asia, I can tell you that I was surprised
> and impressed with how vibrant and active the FOSS4G community is
> there. It's for this reason that I think this is an important
> - Jeff McKenna
> I second Venka's nomination too. - Helena Mitasova
> Jo Walsh
> Jason Birch, Schuyler Earle, Tyler Mitchell
> Jo Walsh is a respected member of the open geospatial community,
> with a strong involvement in open data.
> I feel honoured to nominate Jo for consideration in the upcoming OSGeo
> board elections.
> - Schuyler Earle
> I second that as well. Jo is level-headed and has been looking out
> for the end users and public in general, particularly with her
> advocacy for open data, but certainly not limited to this. Whether
> it's natural or not, she appears to be a natural organiser for
> bringing together people of like mind for the greater good. I also
> believe she can see the bigger picture of how tools, processes, data,
> etc. can all be tied together into a more cohesive infrastructure for
> future possibilities - that is something that I think we could all
> -Tyler Mitchell
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