New Member Nominations 2014

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The Charter Member nomination (part of the Election 2014) will be open from 2014-XX-XX to 2014-XX-XX. The list of nominees for the 2014 Charter Member Election is maintained by the Chief Returning Officer (cro at This page is write protected and can only be edited by SysOps.

To submit a charter member nomination:

  • Please confirm with the nominated person first!
  • Please email with their name, country, contact email and paragraph describing why you are recommending this person as a Charter Member
  • Please also feel free to cc: the nomination to the OSGeo discussion list - - so the community can be nudged along and have a sense of what is going on.
  • Also, you might want to reference your OSGeo Advocate profile.

The list of nominees will be maintained by the CRO here:

_______Name_______ ______Country______ Notes
Santosh Gaikwad India From: Ravi Kumar

Santosh is with Open Source GIS for more than a decade and he has conducted training sessions in the same. His LinkedIn profile is copy pasted below. WEB-GIS trainings are the most well attended events that he conducts. He is a very active member of OSGeo India.

Thijs van Menen Netherlands From: Bart van den Eijnden

When I first started to work on a large open source geospatial project in The Netherlands in 2002/2003, Thijs was part of the government agency (Rijkswaterstaat) that did the tender for a geospatial infrastructure based on open standards. Our open source proposal got chosen, and we worked many many years on setting up the SDI and maintaining it. The project was called GeoServices, and as with many things, the project was unfortunately a bit ahead of its time.

Thijs is one of the few people at government agencies that truly understands what open source is. He is very passionate about open source software development, and a few years after the inception of the project he led a team of consultants hired by the Ministry to work on the maintenance of the software as well as on applications built on top of it.

He has also been a frequent attendant of FOSS4G, with attendance in Victoria, Cape Town and Denver. Some of the Denver people might remember Thijs by his frequent use of the phrase “Tik hem aan ouwe”. He was also involved in the inception of the Dutch language chapter.

Through this nomination I’d also like to thank Thijs for everything he did for open source geospatial in The Netherlands. His enthusiasm really helped things move forward.