Election 2020 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.

1. Angelos Tzotsos, Greece OSGeo profile

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. I started working with Free and Open Source Software as an undergraduate student in engineering. I was very excited with the quality of the code and got determined to contribute back and help the community. I am very proud to be a member of the OSGeo community and honored to be nominated again for a position at the Board of Directors.

My vision

In my early days in academia, my vision was to 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. In the last few years, while being also active on the business side, I have realized the need for a sustainable future for our FOSS4G projects and the need to keep promoting open source solutions to governments, organizations, universities, research institutions, private companies, users and decision-makers. I also see the need to continue reaching out to other communities and organizations.

What you have done within the community in the past

  • OSGeo President since 2020
  • OSGeo Board member 2016-2020. Participated in all board meetings.
  • OSGeo Vice-President 2017-2019.
  • OSGeo charter member since 2011.
  • Chair of the OSGeoLive PSC and core developer.
  • OSGeo Project Officer for pycsw and OSGeoLive.
  • Core developer and contributor of many projects like pycsw, GeoNode, pygeoapi, ZOO-Project, OTB (more contribution details can be found on my wiki page https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Angelos_Tzotsos).
  • Maintainer of UbuntuGIS.
  • Maintainer of openSUSE Geo.

What your interests are in terms of the board

My first priority is keeping a healthy and viable OSGeo community. During the COVID-19 crisis the community remains strong (as seen by the level of participation in our online events) but we need to reach out and bring more new people in our community. My plan is to help organize more online events, while waiting to see each other again face to face in 2021. I also want to help keep a strong connection between OSGeo and OGC, since I feel this cooperation benefits both organizations. During my term as a board member, I have helped our projects being active in OGC especially in the certification program. I plan to keep working towards this direction. For my previous board term, one goal was to increase support for SAC and marketing committees (in terms of funding) so that OSGeo is more attractive for new projects to join. I feel we need to keep making our infrastructure stronger and provide more services to our member projects. A critical priority of the board is to ensure that our graduated and incubated projects are sustainable. The board has introduced funding support for our projects in the last years, and my goal is to keep this happening. We also need to focus on keeping the projects healthy: as a board member I focused on monitoring our projects' status and asking their officers and PSCs to report to the board regularly. 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 expanding our community with more code/community sprints and regional/online FOSS4Gs around the world. Let's be more inclusive for projects and new members.

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

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

2. Name, Country (OSGeo profile)

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 fulfill on the board (if any)