Board of Directors
- 1 OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors
- 2 Board Activities and Meetings
- 3 Working Groups
- 4 Planning
- 5 Reference
OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors
Period: November 2017 - August 2019
- María Arias de Reyna- Sevilla, Spain (Central European Time Zone UTC +1h)
- Astrid Emde - Cologne, Germany (Central European Time Zone UTC +1h)
- Helena Mitasova - Raleigh, USA (Eastern Time UTC -5h) Vice-President
- Jeff McKenna -Lunenburg, Canada (Atlantic Time Zone UTC -4h)
- Jody Garnett - Victoria, Canada (Pacific Time UTC -8h)
Period: September 2016 - August 2018
- Michael Smith - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA (Eastern Time UTC -5h) Treasurer
- Vasile Craciunescu - Bucharest, Romania (Central European Time UTC +2h)
- Maria Brovelli - Como, Italy (Central European Time UTC +1h)
- Angelos Tzotsos - Athens, Greece (Central European Time UTC +2h)
More detailed information is available in the Board Member Profiles.
Board Activities and Meetings
- Next IRC meeting
- Board Meeting 2017-12-07 14.00 UTC (first thursday of the month)
- IRC Meeting timeslot
- additional november meeting requested to focus on budget and project updates, date TBD
- conference committee chair has requested the board schedule an additional breakout meeting mid December due to an extension in the foss4g selection process
- Face to Face Meeting
- board will get together in person and work through discussions and tasks that are not easily handled in a 1 hour IRC meeting or via e-mail. For fact to face meetings travel costs will be covered by the foundation.
- Next fact to face meeting
- not scheduled
- informal "work party" of board members (and officers?) to work on tasks not easily handled in IRC meeting / email.
- Next hangout
- not scheduled
The board is using Loomio to track motions and facilitate voting:
This web applications provides an email record and is less overload than managing voting directly on the board email list.
- Previous meetings
- Board Meeting 2017-11-21 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-11-02 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-10-05 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-09-07 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-05-11 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-04-12 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-03-02 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-02-02 14.00 UTC
- Board Meeting 2017-01-05 14.00 UTC
While the board is focused on decision making occasionally there is a call for action. The following working groups are focused on accomplishing a specific 2-3 week objective and will report back to the board list when completed.
- none at present
This is in contrast to long term activities handled by committees.
Previous Working Groups
- 2015 Sponsorship Drive Working Group - contact prior sponsors, blog post inviting new sponsors
- GeoForAll OSGeo Relationship: Revised Education Committee mandate pending clarification of relationship with Geo4All advisory board (our GeoForAll representatives are Venkatesh Raghavan and Jeff McKenna)
Operational Budget for 2017
The board is dividing this years budget up by committee:
Operational Budget for 2016
Thanks to our sponsors, and a series of successful events, OSGeo does has an operational budget for 2016.
The Board has divided the above budget up according to our priority as an organization. Please keep in mind that prior boards have taken this approach - and spent nothing due to lack of volunteers willing to lead the charge. The following is budget and does not provide a commitment to spend money on the actives listed - to do that we need your commitment as a volunteer!
Strategic Plan 2016
From Anne: See the parallel Skate-Boarding of Fedora at http://fedoramagazine.org/lets-talk-about-fedora-project-objectives/ - I really like the idea of having 18 months goals, that are measurable, backed up by community agreement. Let's discuss this at the first Sprint. There are also some thoughts on Ubuntu governance that can inspire us, but I haven't gone through the whole discussion yet, and there are many differences between OSGeo and Ubuntu; so I'm not sure on how much we can learn from it.
Strategic objectives for 2016:
- S01: showcasing excellence in our communities
- S02: proactively engage with external partners
- S03: Fostering our mission, vision and goals
- S04: Empowering our communities and extending our reach
These objectives were taken to the community for concrete / measurable actions volunteers were interested in tackling over the course of 2016.
Update: We did not receive enough feedback to form a strategic plan.
- OSGeo Board : Board Priorities 2013 - establish OSGeo as a low capital, volunteer focused organization focused supporting communities and initiatives which support themselves
- Please see foundation bylaws for official responsibilities
- Arnulf Christl's OSGeo Director Retrospective. Arnulf was an OSGeo Board member and President of OSGeo.
- Draft OSGeo Director Responsibilities offering guidence on understanding bylaws
- Executive Positions and Director Responsibilities
- Board Election Procedure
- Election 2015: Election 2015 Candidate Manifestos
- Election 2014: Board Election 2014 Results
- Election 2013: Board Election 2013 Results
- Election 2012: Board Election 2012 Results
- Election 2011: Board Election 2011 Results
- Election 2010: Board Election 2010 Results
- Election 2009: Board Election 2009, see 2009 section of Proposed Board Election Procedure
- Election 2008: Board Election 2008, see 2008 section of Proposed Board Election Procedure
Executive Director (rough ideas), Executive Director Job Description(no such position at time)
- Election 2007: Board Election 2007, see 2007 section of Proposed Board Election Procedure
- Foundation Sponsorship (adopted), Project Sponsorship (adopted), Local Chapter Sponsorship (idea)
- Conflict Of Interest Policy
The http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/board mailing list is used for most public board discussions. There is also a private board mailing list used only for matters that are considered needful to be kept private.
Previous OSGeo Foundation Boards of Directors
- Board of Directors 2016 (Aug. 2016 - Aug. 2017)
- Board of Directors 2015 (Aug. 2015 - Aug. 2016)
- Board of Directors 2014 (Aug. 2014 - Aug. 2015)
- Board of Directors 2013 (Aug. 2013 - Aug. 2014)
- Board of Directors 2012 (Aug. 2012 - Aug. 2013)
- Board of Directors 2011 (Aug. 2011 - Aug. 2012)
- Board of Directors 2010 (Aug. 2010 - Aug. 2011)
- Board of Directors 2009 (Sept. 2009 - Aug. 2010)
- Board of Directors 2008 (July 2008 - Sept. 2009)
- Board of Directors 2007 (Aug. 2007 - July 2008)
- Interim Board of Directors 2006 (Feb. 2006 - July 2007)
An interim Board of Directors with 5 members was elected on February 4th, 2006, by the initial members of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. On March 18th, 2006, the board has been completed to now total nine members:
Q: What do board members do?
Q: That doc doesn't say anything about meetings. How often to board members meet?
A: The foundation bylaws say the board meets after the after the annual members meeting and then at regular meetings on a schedule fixed by directors. In practice, the board schedules monthly meetings in addition to the annual face-to-face meeting after the AGM at the FOSS4G conference.
Q: How are board decisions made?
A: The bylaws (section 4.5) describe that a majority of members must be present for an event to be considered a meeting. At a meeting, each member present is given one vote. Strictly speaking (according to the bylaws) an affirmative vote by the majority of members present at a meeting constitutes a decision by the board. In practice, we don't consider a motion passed if there are any negative votes (see the page Board Voting Procedure that explains voting notations +1, +0, -0, -1).
Q: Is an IRC gathering a meeting?
A: The bylaws (section 4.4) say that an electronic medium may be used and an event will constitute a meeting if members can hear one another at the same time. In practice, we often have IRC meetings and then have a vote by voice if there are items that need voting on (TODO: document the convention on email voting if this is an alternative to voice voting).