New Member Nominations 2010

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Steve Woodbridge
  • Steve has long been a strong advocate and user of the open geospatial world of products. It would be hard to find someone who is more helpful and willing to help on any topic than Steve. From his early help on Mapserver until now, Steve has been a very active member and contributor in the geospatial community.
Jesse Eichar
  • Jesse Eichar has been a long-time developer on the uDig open source desktop GIS, and has contributed important work to the GeoTools library. He is a constant presence on the uDig community list, helping new users and developers. He has participated in the FOSS4G conference over the years, giving talks and teaching workshops. He knows the open source geospatial world, and is a part of the larger community.
Alex Mandel
  • Alex is an excessively active contributor to the numerous facets of OSGeo. You have likely seen him on one of the many OSGeo IRC channel he haunts, regularly offering advice to newbies, contributing to conversations and volunteering to take on tasks. I've seen him contribute significantly over the last couple of years to the core development of the OSGeo-Live project and the marketing committee. He also helps out of the System Administration Committee, acts as a representative at numerous trade fairs, helped found the Californian OSGeo chapter, helped develop numerous Geography academic courses which use a variety of FOSS applications and he has contributed directly to QGIS. Alex brings a valuable "user perspective" with him, as he has a degree in Wildlife Biology and field experience with State and Federal agencies.
Hirofumi Hayashi
  • He is one of the most active member of OSGeo-Japan Local Chapter and is deeply involved in promoting OSGeo in Japan and elsewhere. He is a great team player and also contributed significantly to Internationalization of OSGeo software, localization of documentation, enhancement to OSGeo4W package and organization of FOSS4G events in Japan. He is the Vice-Representative of OSGeo Japan Local Chapter and PSC member in the ZOO project. He bears all the positive attributes desired of a OSGeo Charter Member
Gavin Fleming
  • Gavin is the chief organizer of FOSS4G 2008. I attended the FOSS4G2008 conference, which Gavin was instrumental in organising. He and his team attracted delegates from some 50 countries, and subsequently produced a hugely successful conference. This is a tribute to Gavin's exceptional hard work and dedication to the task at hand. In so doing, he managed to put South Africa firmly onto the FOSS4G map. I particularly appreciated his kind manner, for regardless of the pressures on him, he always treated people with dignity and respect.
Suchith Anand
  • Suchith is the chief organizer of OSGIS UK 2009 and 2010, as an OSGeo charter member. Suchith has done a major service to the interests of our foundation by organizing OSGIS UK conferences and by setting up an open source geospatial lab at University of Nottingham and negotiating a MoU with OSGeo, I think he definitely should be a charter member.
Dr. Xianfeng Song
  • Dr. Xianfeng Song, Associate Professor, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, for his contributions to the FOSS4G2010 as a academic chair and also his great activities in OSGeo China and Japan chapters to involve international collaborations.
Milena Nowotarska
  • Milena_Nowotarska is very active member of Poland OSGeo Chapter. She is the key person in localization of Quantum GIS, GRASS, gvSIG and author of first polish QGIS manual. Milena has been involved in translations of GUI, manuals, brochures and promotional materials. Co-founder of polish forum and wiki for mentioned projects and GRASS-wiki manager. Trainer and teacher of FOSS4G at university and during several workshops. Milena plays important role in popularization of FOSS in local governmental agencies in Poland. Co-organizer of upcoming QGIS Hackfest in Wroclaw 2010.
Hirofumi Hayashi
  • Mr. Hayashi is one of the most active member of OSGeo-Japan Local Chapter and is deeply involved in promoting OSGeo in Japan and elsewhere. He is a great team player and also contributed significantly to Internationalization of OSGeo software, localization of documentation, enhancement to OSGeo4W package and organization of FOSS4G events in Japan. He is the Vice-Representative of OSGeo Japan Local Chapter and PSC member in the ZOO project. He bears all the positive attributes desired of a OSGeo Charter Member.
Bruce Bannerman
  • Bruce has been very hard working toward the OSGeo cause and often provides valuable insights to OSGeo discussions from a government purchasing perspective. He currently works as the key a GeoSpatial Architect at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where he plays a key role in international programs such as the Global Earth Observation System of Systems . Bruce was incredibly hard working on the FOSS4G 2009 organising committee, and was key in fostering OSGeo/OGC relationships by coordination and sourcing substantial sponsorship for the Climate Change Integration Plugfest. He has done a lot of local OSGeo evangelism, manning OSGeo booths at conferences, writing papers for Government committees on behalf of OSGeo and helping found and run the Australian/New Zealand local chapter of OSGeo.
Nicolas Bozon
  • Nicolas Bozon is specialized in design and GUIs for FOSS4G based applications, he has contributed to various FOSS4G projects and used OSGeo tools for scientific research projects. He actively promoted OSGeo during many trainings and workshops in France and participates actively in national and international conferences (OSGeo fr + jp + th, ...), giving talks and teaching workshops. Nicolas co-founded the ZOO Project (, is ZOO PSC member and important contributor.
Jo Cook
  • Jo Cook is the patient leader of the UK OSGeo community. For years she has stuck with it, waiting for the world around her to catch up. Now she is providing a guiding hand to the flourishing OSGeo:UK chapter as its members put on conferences, masterclasses, training. Jo's notable FOSS4G presentations include "Portable GIS - GIS on a USB stick" in 2007 and "Open source archaeology - two years later" in 2010. One reason i am nominating Jo is that i think she'd make a good board member for the OSGeo foundation. I was surprised to learn that Jo's not already an OSGeo charter member.
Daniel Ames
Karsten Vennemann
  • Karsten is an active and well-known OSGeo champion in the Seattle area, running his own OS-based consulting shop and regularly promoting the OSGeo agenda by running training classes and workshops on free and open source GIS tools.
Simon Mercier
  • Simon is indeed an active member of the geospatial free and open source community in the Quebec Province. As an employee of the Quebec Ministry of Public Security (MSP), he has contributed to the implementation of several innovative and effective geospatial systems based on free and open source technologies, such as G.O.LOC ( and SAG 911 ( He is to my mind one the person responsible for the successful transition initiated by the MSP for the use in its every day missions of geospatial free and open source technologies. Based on these successful initiatives, the geomatics department of the MSP acts now as a pioneer among the different public organisations in the adoption of open source technologies in the Quebec Province. In 2009, Simon has also been elected as a board member of the steering committee of the OSGeo Quebec local chapter. He has been one of the co-organisers of the 1st rendez-vous OSGeo-Quebec ( which have gathered about 100 attendees from different organisations and offered the Quebec community to meet and discuss with different members of the OSGeo international (see Recently, Simon has joined Spatialytics (, a new startup in Quebec city which at developing a commercial open source Geospatial BI (Business Intelligence) Suite.
Pedro-Juan Ferrer
  • Pedro-Juan has been an active member of OSGeo-ES since the LC started. He has presented the OSGeo Foundation in several events doing a hard job on advocacy on free software blogging, at mailing lists, etc. He's doing a lot of work in other fronts like translations, documenting, advocacy, support at mailing lists and so on. Finally he is part of the Board of Directors of the Local Chapter and also the Liason Officer.
Miguel García Coya (Micho)
  • Micho has been an active member of OSGeo-ES for more than two years and nowadays he is part of the Board of Directors of the Local Chapter. He is a FOSS4G expert and apart from working on GIS projects is also doing a hard job at OSGeo-es advocacy tasks. Now he's living at North Spain (Galicia) and he is promoting a microchapter with a recently succesful first meeting.
Anne Ghisla
  • Anne is an active member of OSGeo and a FOSS evangelist. In 2008 she first participated in Google Summer of Code as a student She contributed the Home-range analyses in QGIS using R through Python and in 2009 she developed v.krige, a GUI for Kriging analysis for GRASS GIS. This summer (2010) she was a mentor in the Google Summer of Code program and helped the administration team by presenting GSoC at FOSS4G in Barcelona. Anne has also shown interest in helping out as an administrator for GSoC in 2011. She is also spearheading the still relatively fresh OSGeo Women Chapter, and is a member in the Web Committee. Anne also participates on the OSGeo IRC channels and mailing lists. She is very eager to be more involved with OSGeo!
Astrid Emde
  • Astrid is an active member of OSGeo and contributes to Open Source software projects for many years. She has been active in organizing the FOSSGIS conference in Germany ever since it's inception and promotes OSGeo in the German language community. She spreads word and disseminates Open Source technology and know-how through her work as training instructor in the companies CCGIS and the WhereGroup. She is an active PSC member of the OSGeo Project Mapbender, contributed to the OSGeo Live project and MapServer, gives talks at events in Germany and abroad and contributes to publications on Open Source geospatial. She helps to organize OSGeo appearances at professional trade fairs like Intergeo and scientific conferences like AGIT. Astrid will be a valuable addition to the OSGeo Charter Members and help to tie local chapter activities in with the global mission and vision of OSGeo.
Maria Brovelli
  • Maria has been very active in promoting OSGeo for Education and Research and has made great contributions in enhancing OSGeo tools, developing educational contents and course using OSGeo tools and helping inthe organization of FOSS4G conferences. She bears all the positive attributes desired of a OSGeo Charter Member.
  • Maria is a professor of geomatics at Politecnico di Milano, Campus in Como, Italy and one of the most active members in the OSGeo educational committee. She has provided invaluable leadership in organizing academic tracks and tutorials at FOSS4G conferences and her work with students is highly regarded in the GFOSS community. She has incorporated GFOSS in her teaching for many years and advised numerous student projects that produced sophisticated modules for GRASS GIS. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Applied Geomatics, and co-chair of the ISPRS working group IV/5 on Distributed and Web-Based Geoinformation Services and Applications providing important OSGeo connection to the WebGIS professional community.
  • Maria was also the chair of the recent WebMGS2010 event in Como Italy (1st International Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services), containing many presentations on the use of OSGeo projects and OGC standards
  • Maria Antonia Brovelli has been an active promoter of Open Source long before OSGeo's inception in 2006. She works in the academic domain and has organized and co-organized many conferences and events, her latest contribution being the 1st International Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Service WebMGS 2010. She uses and promotes Open Source geospatial tools for hydrological and noise modelling and contributed papers on using Open Source tools for archaeological web maping and mobile uses. Maria is an active member of the Italian academic Open Source community and helped to establish OSGeo and Open Source GIS software as an integral component in research and science curricula. Maria will not only bring international academic reputation, quick thinking and culture to the OSGeo Charter Membership but also add a touch of Italian liveliness.
Jason Fournier
  • Jason has been an active member of the newsletter and journal activities within OSGeo and is a participant in many open source communities including MapServer and MapGuide. He is a strong proponent of open source software in general and participates in other geospatial and non-geospatial projects outside of OSGeo.