Election 2016 Candidate Manifestos

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A space for the candidates for election to the Board to share some information about themselves, their aspirations for OSGeo, what they would like to change, improve or introduce and what role they would like to play on the board.



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About me

My vision

What you have done within the community in the past

What your interests are in terms of the board

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

Michael Smith

For those os you that don't know me, I'm Michael Smith, a physical scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers. I've been involved with the MapServer community since 2001 and OSGeo since its inception. For the last 2 years, I've been honored to be a OSGeo Board member and OSGeo treasurer. Its been quite a learning experience and I greatly thank Daniel Morissette, the previous OSGeo treasurer for so much support in handling the transition.

In my time on the board and as treasurer, my focus has been on encouraging governments (in general) and the US in particular, especially the Department of Defense which, personally I know makes extensive use of OSGeo projects, to more actively participate is OSGeo and the projects beyond just use and occasional commits.

I've also been honored to be appointed the LocationTech representative from OSGeo and I've been working to make the relationship between OSGeo and LocationTech a real partnership with respect and appreciation for all the work that both organizations do. And that is my view of the relationship, these are two important organizations that work to achieve similar but compatible goals but with different focuses and with different strengths. As OSGeo is a welcoming, inclusive community, I feel strongly that we should work openly and honestly with all our partner organizations, with LocationTech being one of the most important.

If reelected, I plan to continue as OSGeo Treasurer and as the LocationTech representative.

I must say I am very humbled to see the strong list of candidates to the board. If I'm nor elected, I can see that OSGeo will be in very good hands. This is a particularly great group of candidates and it shows off the strength and diversity of the OSGeo community.

Thank you for the nomination, OSGeo community.

Maria Antonia Brovelli

About me

You can find information about me: https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Maria (the nickname “Queen of FOSS4G” was added by lovely fans ;-) ) https://www4.ceda.polimi.it/manifesti/manifesti/controller/ricerche/RicercaPerDocentiPublic.do?EVN_ELENCO_DIDATTICA=evento&k_doc=1262&lang=EN&aa=2016&tab_ricerca=1&jaf_currentWFID=main Click on download CV

Then you can find me on Linkedin, twitter, facebook. Unfortunately I’m not able to keep everything updated and therefore you find here and there pieces of my life.

My vision

I have been all my life a strong supporter of open source GIS because I believe that knowledge as well as data are commons (Common good) of humanity. Geography, together with history (space and time) is one of the keys for analyzing the world around us and GIS in a broad sense (i.e., the geospatial web) are the tools allowing these analyses. Geospatial tools, data and information have to be accessible by everyone in the world and here education plays a fundamental role. We will bring our free geospatial tools to every child in every part of the world, hoping to give him the possibility of becoming a better human being. And we will spread our free geospatial tools everywhere.

What you have done within the community in the past

Mainly I have been educating people who become then part of the community. I helped in the Education and Curriculum Committee and in the organization of many Academic Tracks. I organized the first national conference about FOSS4G in 2000 (http://geomatica.como.polimi.it/grass_2000/ only in Italian) and I was involved in the organization of the International Open Source Free Software GIS - GRASS users conference 2002 in Trento (Italy) (http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/conferences/GRASS2002/home.html) I was one of the founder of the Italian Chapter. In fact the first official headquarters of GFOSS was in Politecnico di Milano – Como Campus. I was the chair of FOSS4G Europe 2016. I am currently part of G4A (chair of two networks: the European and the Geocrowdsourcing CitizenScience and member of the Board) and one of the two chairs of the United Nation Committee (https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/UnitedNations_Committee). As a researcher, I contributed to development of FOSS4G methods and tools.

What your interests are in terms of the board

I want to help as a connection between the Board and G4A (I’m mainly a researcher and an educator). Secondly I want to make stronger the connections we have with many sister associations (the ones we already have MoUs and those we want to create them) especially humanitarian associations like HOT, Missing Maps and so on. I will go ahead in working for the UN OSGeo initiative and I will act as contact between the Committees supporting this initiative and the Board. But above all, I will try to make us keener not only to accepting diversity but to paying more attention and value on it. OSGeo is a great community also because of its diversity. This is a richness we have to cultivate. I want to see more ladies and in general people of the Rest of the World (not only North America and Eu) in the boards of the different committees.

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

I want to work in such a way to give the possibility to everybody in actively participating to OSGeo and to our meetings (e.g. FOSS4G conferences). Part of this will be giving more possibility to women to show up. We need more female leadership in general and in OSGeo also. Women are more or less the half of the population, but we have only 12 % of ladies as charter members. Can we start from this point and try to improve the situation?

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

Considering what I said above, I want to be involved as one of the G4A point of contact and as one of the UN Committee point of Contact. Moreover I will be actively support discussion and actions for improving diversity in the OSGeo leadership.

María Arias de Reyna

"What should the community expect from my board membership?"

<TL;DR> I am a very active activist :) More known on the spanish speaking geo-world, I would say. I work with spatial metadata and GeoNetwork.

I intend to make OSGeo as inclusive and free (as in free puppies) as possible. I want OSGeo to continue being transparent, comfortable and useful to promote FLOSS in the geo world. I would like to press on public administrations so they promote open data and software. I would like to increase diversity of OSGeo (because, you already noticed, most of you are white men on developed countries with a similar vision, you know).

Anyway, all the candidates proposed are really good. So, whoever you choose to vote, you will make a good choice. But vote, be involved, please :) </TL;DR>

Many of you don't know me, I know. Maybe if I say "metadata" and "(meta)cat" some bell will ring. Maybe not. Let me talk you a bit about me, let's put humility aside for a moment.

I work for GeoCat, which you *should* remember from sponsoring many geo-events. I work with metadata. Ever heard of GeoNetwork, the data catalog? Well, that's part of my work. I am also part of the geoinquietos (georestless) group, which is one of the most active group in the spanish speaking geo-world. We are a very unorganized welcoming group spread all around the spanish speaking countries that tries to make geothings fun. Unconferences, mapping parties, geobeers, workshops,... Anything we can enjoy while sharing our knowledge and help people around us.

Some people say I'm very straight forward when talking. I can't help it. I don't like dancing around an idea losing time while the elephant sits on the center of the room eating all the peanuts. So this I can assure you: I will openly fight for what I think is better, even if it means making me look unpolite or the "bad cop". I'm used to get my hands dirty, I don't care. And if OSGeo decides to do something I don't agree with, I promise you I will fight the same (unless it makes me so uncomfortable I have to step down, but I don't think this can happen, we share the same goals). It will not be the first time I have to defend something I don't fully agree with. But, anyway, unless OSGeo changes a lot, this is not bothering me.

To me, transparency is key. You will never hear me saying opposite things in private and in public. I will not say things in public I understand they shouldn't be made public. But you will never hear me defend something in private and another thing in public. I can change my mind, of course, and that happens more often than what I am willing to admit :) But I will not be a hypocrit and I usually have no problem in sharing my knowledge or perspective on something. I don't like being manipulative. I don't like lies. I don't think the end justifies the means. I always try to be as transparent as possible.

Let's focus on OSGeo and how I see it. As we heard on the FOSS4G: This is about people. And I couldn't agree more. I see OSGeo as an organization built on top of regional chapters which are built on top of local "chapters" which are built by people. So my idea of OSGeo is like a pyramid, where local "layers" work together to get the same goal at the top. "Think globally, act locally". And that's how I think it should work. Spread the work into very small pieces so we all can contribute to a greater good. I think this is how we should always work.

So I think it is important to promote small events all around the world. Specially if they focus on target groups we are not very close to. I would like to see more diversity in the OSGeo membership, we are all very "standard". As we diversify our base, we will get better ideas and visions on the top. On my utopic OSGeo vision, there will be a group of local geoactivists everywhere, all of them making the world better while having fun. Contributing with small pieces to the complex puzzle.

But let's not forget that in the end, public administrations play an important role on the promotion of FLOSS. I am confident we can explain to them why they should work more in the open and collaborate with us. It is a win-win situation. And this can only be achieved if we are a strong organization with clear objectives. We have to show them how much can be done when we all work together.

Changing the subject to something more earthly: I see there is some buzzing around LocationTech. To me, they are important allies. They are more "open" and we are more "free", but as we agree on, let's say, 80% of the goals, why not work together on that 80%? Once we achieve those goals (if!) we can start an open war about that 20%. In the meantime, it would be stupid to fight. They are our close relatives, let's treat them like that.

If you don't understand why I distinguish between open and free, here is the answer: http://ftp5.gwdg.de/pub/misc/openstreetmap/FOSS4G-2016/foss4g-2016-1106-free_open_and_libre-hd.webm Yes, that's me. Now you know my face too :)

I think this is it. I hope to have convinced you to vote for me. If not, well, I will have to focus more on the "lower" layers of the pyramid.

Jeffrey Johnson

About me

I became a lifelong map geek when I was a small child and someone gave me a Landsat atlas, and I’ve been enjoying the freedom of Open Source software since about 1996 with my first install of Slackware linux on a stack of floppy disks. These 2 interests aligned when I started studying GIS as an undergrad and decided to install GRASS GIS since I was unable to do my coursework at home using Esri tools without a license. I started developing mapping applications with Open Source tools in about 2003 initially using Mapserver. I’ve co-founded several startups using open source GIS in specific domains. In 2010 I began my involvement with the GeoNode project and have been an active contributor ever since, helping it grow from a small project to a flourishing, sustainable open source community with many contributors and stakeholders. Along the way, I’ve been involved with several other community projects, helped organize the QGIS US Chapter, organized several local GIS events and helped found the local San Diego Code for America Brigade (http://opensandiego.org). For the past few years, I’ve been a consultant at the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (http://gfdrr.org) and have traveled all over the planet giving workshops and organizing code-sprints in Open Source GIS tools and bringing the gospel of open source and open data to governments and local organizations as part of the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (http://opendri.org). Part of my role at the Bank has been to mentor young computer science students in the process of collaborative development and the mechanics of actually doing open source development via the Code for Resilience program (http://codeforresilience.org). I’m now running a small technical consultancy (http://terranodo.io/) specialized in core development and integration and deployment of Open Source geospatial tools for some of the largest GIS Agencies in the world. Along this winding path, I’ve had the opportunity to work with local, regional and national governments, with defense and intelligence users, academic institutions, GIS professionals at small consultancies and large organizations and all kinds of non-governmental organizations focused on local, regional or global issues. I have a very strong desire to help all these types of professionals and organizations understand the freedom that comes with using, contributing to or developing open source software and the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from using GIS tools to understand the earth or the local environment and using this understanding to solve problems and improve people’s lives.

My vision

  • Help us grow beyond a relatively small club of developers, users and academics primarily in North America and Europe to being more active in marketing and outreach locally and globally as well as being active in advocacy for use of Open Source by large and small GIS organizations.
  • Take a strong focus on growing local osgeo organizations around the world into sustainable communities of users helping users and local developers and consultants working with users and organizational stakeholders in their area to meet their needs.
  • See the organization offer stronger and more coherent support to the projects in terms of policy and governance, infrastructure, marketing, branding, outreach, advocacy etc. Help the projects in terms of ‘accreditation’ of their software and professional support offered so they are considered on par with similar commercial offerings.
  • Have OSGeo be active in the promotion of the economic arguments behind open source to organizations big and small and work with the projects to ensure their communities become sustainable financially and organizationally.
  • Become an alternative route for GIS Professional (GISP) certification enabling professionals to provide demonstrable proof of their skills in open source GIS technologies (https://www.gisci.org/)
  • Continue the great work of Geo4All and spread the gospel of open source to the next generation of GIS professionals before they are indoctrinated in the GIS==Esri mindset
  • Have the organization be a stronger resource for consultants, companies and organizations using and promoting open source commercially.
  • Take a strong focus on growing the number of people who earn their living developing, using and implementing OSGeo tools, not only in europe and north america, but around the world.

What you have done within the community in the past

  • GeoNode Core developer, steering committee member, Osgeo project representative
  • One of the founders of the QGIS-US Chapter
  • Conducted trainings/workshops around the world in Open Source GIS tools for Governments, NGOs and local consultants.
  • Helping to manage GFDRRs (World Bank) investments in core development with various osgeo focused consulting organizations. One of the team behind the OpenDRI Initiative.
  • Co-founder of San Diego’s Code for America Chapter, working with the City of San Diego on their Open Data Policy and implementation and open source adoption.
  • Taught workshops at many global and local FOSS4G events.
  • Co-organizer of many local GIS events

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

  • (US/North America Focused) Develop an MoU with URISA (http://www.urisa.org/) and work closely with the North American GIS professional community to normalize and promote the use of Open Source GIS in local, state/provincial, regional and federal government agencies. Have OSGeo regularly participate in local and regional URISA events. Grow the community of GISPs using OSGeo tools.
  • Develop an integrated certification program for the entire stack of OSGeo tools and link this to the G4A initiative so there is a clear path from academic knowledge to demonstrated professional proficiency.
  • Work with the Marketing committee to develop a modern, coherent and focused marketing strategy for the organization that guides the promotion of OSGeo locally, regionally and globally.
    • Redevelop the website to be more modern and easy for projects to contribute to.
    • Develop and execute a social media marketing strategy that actively amplifies the good news and wins from the projects and organizations using them.
    • Develop a regular print publication that shares good news stories and interesting developments with people in the wider GIS community that might not normally hear about our community’s success.
  • Help the System Administration Committee become more sustainable by focusing on modern lean infrastructure (containers etc), and leveraging existing external resources.
  • Clarify the relationship between LocationTech and OSGeo and resolve the latent conflict by being very clear about the roles of each within the community. Leverage the strengths of each to move the entire community forward.

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any) / What your interests are in terms of the board

  • Liaise with and be an advocate for consulting organizations and others who are making their living doing Open Source GIS in the marketplace/commercially.
  • Liaise with organizations like LocationTech, Apache etc that are more commercially focused.
  • Liaise with and evolve synergies with standardization organizations (OGC etc)
  • Be an advocate for the needs of government agencies in developing countries in terms of open source policy and acceptance in their organizations and the need for capacity building and continued professional development by their staff.
  • Liaise with global development organizations and the NGOs they work with promoting the use of open source in the developing world.
  • Liaise with external large projects like OpenStreetMap to promote the practical use of Open GIS data and the communities involved in collecting and using data locally.
  • Liaise with external Open Data focused organizations.
  • Become actively involved with Marketing Committee
  • Spearhead GISP Certification Program efforts & liaise with organizations like URISA
  • Whatever else I am asked to do :)

Dirk Frigne

About me

I am an Electrical Engineer from the University of Ghent - Belgium [1]. Since more than 30 year Software Engineer in different roles. Founder and spiritual father of the OSGeo project Geomajas. Father of 3 daughters and happy married for almost 30 years. Founder of a couple of technology companies. OSGeo advocate. Since 8 months board member and vice president of OSGeo

[1] http://www.ugent.be/

My vision

OSGeo celebrates 10 years of existence. From a community of open source communities it is now transforming into an organisation that takes part of the Civil Society. As an organisation of individuals together we can act and play a role in the Civil Society. Creating strong partnerships with liked minded organisations is a strong way to defend the (geo-) open source rights towards not yet convinced friends, and to help already convinced friends to act in an open and inclusive way towards a more open world.

What you have done within the community in the past

  • OSGeo member since 2007 and became a charter member in 2013.
  • member of the steering committee of geomajas and am a regular speaker on FOSS4G conferences since 2007.Some of them are uploaded here [2] and [3].
  • try to keep contact with several Local Chapters.
  • Foundation of OSGeo Belgium.

In 2015 I took the initiative, together with a team of enthusiastic open source adepts to found The Belgium OSGeo local chapter, and I am actively involved in the organisation of the FOSS4G.be in Belgium. (Second edition last week and I had to prepare 3 presentations).

  • evangelising the foundation of the European chapter, which is now official in formation since the last FOSS4G conference in Bonn [4].
  • Right now: preparing a presentation for a Workshop on the INSPIRE conference on 26 september 2016: “Financing the Evolution of SDI” (starting 18 hours from the time of this writing) with the world bank where I will present OSGeo as an organisation, part of the Civil Society, thinking about way’s to fund (geo-) open source projects in a sustainable way.

[2] http://www.slideshare.net/DirkFrigne/presentations

[3] http://ftp5.gwdg.de/pub/misc/openstreetmap/FOSS4G-2016/foss4g-2016-1566-keynote_ii_-_osgeo_think_global_-_act_local-hd.webm

[4] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Europe

What your interests are in terms of the board

OSGeo is a community of communities. It is a global organisation which is growing year after year. I want to help OSGeo grow in a more professional organisation. I started this proces 8 months ago, when I became part of the board to replace Jeff who resigned. I was the following in the list of elected board members in 2014 and in 2015. 8 months is very short to have already some visible results, but I am working on a partnership with GEO [5]; establish partnerships with European programs; work more on internal communication [3]. Bring OSGeo outside her comfort zone by organising outreach activities such as the Global World Forum – OSGeo day in 2015. Presenting OSGeo on different occasions, in different countries. Learn more about OSGeo by working together actively with the other board members and OSGeo officers.

[5] http://www.earthobservations.org

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

I want to have the chance to continue the work I’ve started 8 months ago.

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

If I get the necessary support for it, I want to continue my role as Vice President

Nicolas Bozon

Dear OSGeo,

First of all, thank you for nominating and considering me as a potential OSGeo director. This is a great honor to take part to this election and to run along with good and numerous candidates. Only 40% of us will get a sit this year, exciting ! Charter members, a real choice is given to you this time so please make use of your votes ! I a writing this statement to tell you why you should consider giving me one. It is also available on the wiki [1], if you are more confortable with reading long text in a web page rather than inside your email client.

About me

I am a cartographer in daylight hours, and a UI/UX designer in the night time. I have a deep interest into everything visual and love to create (geo)graphics that may add value to open source technology. I've came to open source GIS during my PhD back in 2006, while i was looking for tools and libraries that i could fully control in order to achieve my research goals. It did not take long at that time to realize how relevant OSGeo was, adapt/extend the software to my needs, attend my first FOSS4G, and then just feel like at home in our community. I've been using, designing and promoting open source technologies since that time, alternating research and business experiences, and sometime make them interact the good way :) Please find more details about me on my OSGeo user page [2] and Linkedin profile [3].

My vision

Today, my passion and commitment towards the OSGeo Foundation have never been stronger. Looking at our global growth and significant achievements in term of technology, education and outreach activities, I am even more proud to be part of such a lively, determined and clever community. However, OSGeo has entered an important transition period and i believe it needs to evolve now in order to strengthen its aura and adoption across the broader geospatial community and industry. Of course OSGeo needs to be more inclusive, not only about people, country or gender, but also about software projects, collaborations and the numerous ways of doing open source, open data and open knowledge. I believe the Foundation especially needs to find a more appropriate balance between the non-for-profit, academic and business approaches, but also between individual and collective interest and way of thinking. It must also avoid loosing time and energy with useless conflicts, baseless rumors or low level politics. Implement change probably means taking more risks, that's why we also need to be careful to protect our open culture and principles at the same time. Charter members also need to be empowered in a more effective way according to me, and every meaningful initiative that meets our goals should be encouraged and supported. Enough about governance :) You understood that i am in favor of enhancing our do-ocraty a bit, and why not mix it with some democratic flavors as we grow. Another very important point of my vision is that OSGeo must become more visible and accessible through a very clear message and image, with a stronger and modern identity. Everything is in our hands to show the value of our work better, and that would significantly help us to get the most out of our 501(c)(4) status IMHO.

What you have done within the community in the past

I am a Charter member since 2011 and a Marketing Committee Member since 2012. I have already been nominated for the Board elections in 2012 [4]. I co-founded ZOO-Project [5] in late 2008 with the goal to provide an open platform able to make OSGeo librairies communicate with each other. This was achieved using a cross-project approach and by implementing WPS, which i've been promoting worldwide along with co-founders since then. Later on, I co-funded MapMint [6], the 100% service-oriented SDI, in order to bring the full power of ZOO and MapServer to end users. Not only to developers. Most recently, i created mapskin [7], the visual language for geospatial. This one provides scalable vector icons illustrating concepts and objects of modern cartography in a clean iconic web font. Please help your self :) I am also keen on participating in FOSS4G events organization and had the great pleasure to help for FOSS4G-FR 2014 (program and web), FOSS4G-Asia 2014 (web/print), FOSS4G-Europe 2015 (web) and FOSS4G 2016 (program). I am presently working on FOSS4G-Asia 2017 (LOC) and FOSS4G-Europe 2017 (LOC).

What your interests are in terms of the board

The board of directors stated on a new strategic plan for OSGeo earlier this year, which i believe goes into the right direction. I would like to help implement it and get some of the things done, especially on the marketing side which has become an urgent priority.

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

I would like to improve OSGeo marketing and branding, and i suggest the Web and Marketing Committees should merge now to do so. Mark' Comm recently rebooted and is now fully conscious that our marketing activities must go way beyond OSGeo-Live, including a stronger identity, modern branding assets, up-to-dates exhibition packs, a much better web presence, media coverage and more. This new energy in the committee inspired me and i have subsequently started to work on a new version of our logo. This work is presented in the "OSGeo graphic style guide" [8], which i am planing to enrich and maintain through regular releases. This document mainly helps to showcase the new proposed logo for now, but it will provide detailed rules/policies/specs for every aspect of the OSGeo brand usage and will link to every official branding material lying in our svn. It will probably move there soon btw, and i hope it can become a reference resource for OSGeo branding in near future.

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

I'd like to be the liaison with the Marketing Committee, but i am fully ready to take any other role and responsibility if elected.

Special thanks

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Venkatesh Raghavan, Gérald Fenoy, Jeff McKenna and the whole ZOO-Tribe for sharing ideas, passion and enthusiasm since 2008. Special thanks also go to Markus Neteler for sharing his knowledge and for his continuous support since 2009.

Mark Vloemans

Dear Charter members et al,

For those of you that I have not had the pleasure to meet, drink and/or work with, I am Marc Vloemans. Since 2000 I have been instrumental in raising the profile for open source in general in The Netherlands and abroad. More specifically, I have been active as a market and business developer for open spatial IT; finding and convincing end-users.

My strategies, tactics and methods to achieve more traction for open spatial IT include(d) writing books, articles and blogs, acting as a lobbyist with Dutch and EU Parliament, setting up a market leading Dutch open GIS company, organising a cooperation of open spatial IT players, LOC FOSS4G Bonn and Dutch Local Chapter memberships, OSGeo Marketing Chair and the like.

Besides I have served and still serve on various (non-)profit boards. This is where my past experiences, learnings and achievements ultimately come together and hopefully complement those of my fellow board members. Our projects and local chapters are the corner stones of OSGeo. As Marketing Chair I am in the process of organising a bottom up approach to our strategic direction. I hope to close the loop as a Board member; from strategy to implementation.

Judging from the list of great candidates I am pretty sure I can contribute my own unique skills and experience to cast our open spatial net farther afield then ever before. Building bridges towards adjacent communities, reaching out to new geographical and sectoral user groups, engaging our own community..

Please feel free to contact me for more information. Thank you for your time and my nomination.

Angelos Tzotsos

About me

My name is Angelos Tzotsos. I am a remote sensing scientist/researcher and have been a FOSS developer for more than half of my life. I wrote my first program at the age of 11 and installed my first GNU/Linux distribution in 1997. During my first year as an undergraduate student, I started looking for Free and Open Source Software to use in my surveying engineer studies, and I was excited to find out that people were already working on it, long before OSGeo was officially formed. I promised myself to promote their work and contribute back as much as I could; and here we are today. I am proud to be a member of the OSGeo community and honored to be nominated for a position at the Board of Directors.

My vision

In my early days as an educator, my vision was clear: inspire young people to join our community (or any other FOSS community) and discover the technical and ethical revolution of Free and Open Source Software, the way I did. As I grow older, I become “greedier” and wish that governments, organizations, universities, private companies and users could join us in more active ways. In this direction, I feel we need to make greater efforts in marketing our work and promoting our success stories, especially now that open source is becoming mainstream in technology. We also need to continue reaching out to other communities and organizations, and also help the business part of our ecosystem grow.

What you have done within the community in the past

I have been a charter member since 2011. So far, I have mostly been involved in the technical part of our community: I am the chair of the OSGeo-Live PSC, the OSGeo project officer for pycsw, core developer and contributor of many projects like GeoNode, ZOO-Project, OTB (more contribution details can be found on my wiki page https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Angelos_Tzotsos). I am also heavily involved in packaging efforts for GNU/Linux distributions.

What your interests are in terms of the board

I want to help keep a strong connection between OSGeo and OGC, since I feel this cooperation benefits both organizations. I also want to help strengthen our connections with large communities like OSM and Open Data. Another goal is to increase support for SAC and marketing committees (in terms of funding) so that OSGeo is more attractive for new projects to join. This can happen if we make our infrastructure stronger and if we deploy a more professional marketing plan. I also wish to be one of the voices in the board that remind all of us of our Free Software roots (Free is part of FOSS4G, even if not reflected in the OSGeo name), avoiding proprietary systems as much as possible.

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

I would like to work towards making our main event (FOSS4G) more accessible to people who cannot afford it today. For students from low income countries it is nearly impossible to attend, the entry point being too high. Perhaps we should re-think whether our main income should be FOSS4G or how to reach out to more funding (e.g. more sponsors, crowdfunding campaigns, participation as a partner organization in project opportunities)

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

I would be happy to serve the OSGeo Board in any role I am assigned.

Massimiliano Cannata

About me

Thanks to the type of projects I have carried out I used to consider myself academic with a private company perspective. I am Professor in Geomatics and head of the Geomatic Division, which is one of the established ICA-OSGo-labs, at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

- http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate#Massimiliano_Cannata - https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Massimiliano_Cannata - https://www.linkedin.com/in/massimiliano-cannata-45a04617


  1. family, #team, #equity, #inclusiveness, #rules, #transparency

This six keywords tell a lot about my vision of OSGeo and of the world. I see OSGeo as a big family who's members work in team to achieve and share success and prosperity. I also see OSGeo open to everyone and ready to discuss with everyone given that respect and rules are followed.

What you have done within the community in the past

  1. istSOS #GRASS #ZOO-project #board #UnitedNation #Geoscience #GFOSS.it

I have participated in the foundation mainly at project level since the beginning of OSGeo, after Bangkok as a GRASS PSC members, then as ZOO-project PSC members, then chairing the istSOS project. I am (co)chair of the United Nation committee and of the Open Geoscience Committee. I was board members for the last two years. At local level I'm a founding member of the italian local chapter GFOSS, i was official liaison officer for several year and member of the Italian OSGeo local chapter board. Over the last decade I have been a regular presenter, workshop lecturer, code sprints and organizer of academic sessions in numerous international and regional FOSS4G conferences and events.

What your interests are in terms of the board

  1. serve_community #education #conference_fees #individuals

I have server the board in the last two years and i believe i got a good understanding of the geo-system, i want now to fruitfully use this experience to better serve the community. What Can you expect from me? To take the role seriously, to critically review each motion and rise any type of concern i see motivating each single -1 . All this in an honest and direct way without any influence or negative intention, but with open heart to innovation and discussion. Education, conference fees, continental chapters are some of the things to be carefully followed.


Any things that you would like to change or introduce

  1. participation #committes_governance #balance #committees_budget

I would like to foster charter members participation, but i recognise it is not easy. I have pushed, with other board members, the definition of a strategy and I believe it's time now to determine an action plan for achieving objectives. Working in Switzerland has led me to appreciate rules, which are at the base of the common respect and equity. Not many, not complex but enough to motivate clear decisions. Moreover I wish we have clear governance in all our groups and I will strive to bring more clarity: I will ask for project open governance and written rules that we don't have for several committees, I think we should work on these aspects, equally distributing the efforts with all the groups and members of OSGeo, because we are not a business company, we are a foundation of people with the objective of pushing high quality FOSS4G software to the world.

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

  1. board_member :-)

I don't want to be in the board passively or for exhibitionism, every decision, every discussion has its own weight and have to be fully weighed because no decision can be made lightly. Putting a +1 vote or -1 must be argued. I will rise my voice to defend publicly my foundation. This is the role of the board in my opinion, all the other roles and action are done in the clothes of a charter members contributing.

And as in Bangkok was said may the foss be with you [1].

[1] http://gisws.media.osaka-cu.ac.jp/grass04/slogan.html

Vasile Crăciunescu

About me

I'm a researcher in the geospatial realm and I'm here because is my belief that sharing knowledge is the way to make it on this planet. I attended my first FOSS4G in 2006, in Lausanne, and that change my life in many ways, not only professionally. Since then, I got involved in the community activities, I attended all the FOSS4G conferences and I did my best to give back as much as possible.

My vision

I share the vision defined by the board during my previous term "Empower everyone with open source geospatial".

What you have done within the community in the past

  • In 2006 I started geo-spatial.org (http://geo-spatial.org - the Romanian OSGeo local chapter), a collaborative effort by and for the Romanian community to facilitate the sharing of geospatial knowledge and the discovery and publishing of free geographic datasets and maps. Under this umbrella I was part of the team that organized 16 national FOSS4G events.
  • Co-founder of the first Romanian ICA-OSGeo Lab at the Faculty of Geography - University of Bucharest;
  • Chairmen of the FOSS4G Central and Eastern Europe 2013. Organizing committee member of FOSS4G-Europe 2014. General Track committee chair of FOSS4G-Europe 2015;
  • Served as member of the Conference Committee since 2013;
  • Acted as CRO for the 2015 charter members and board members elections and 2016 charter member elections;
  • Served in the OSGeo Board of Directors for the last two years.

What your interests are in terms of the board

  • For years I'm working with European institutions like European Commission, European Space Agency, Joint Research Centre, EUMETSAT. All these institutions are using our software and they are funding open source geospatial software development. It's natural to have a strong partnership with this kind of institutions and I'm willing to work on this.
  • Support the educational initiatives;
  • Keep OSGeo a inclusive and friendly organization;
  • Defend our values and spirit;
  • Have fun while working for OSGeo;

Any things that you would like to change or introduce

  • Change the Charter members election mechanism;
  • Find ways to make the FOSS4G conference more accessible, especially to the developing countries;

What role you would wish to fulfil on the board (if any)

  • Liaise with relevant European institutions.