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Also see the [https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Chapter Pacific Islands Chapter page] for history of events and developments in the Pacific Islands.
Also see the [https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Chapter Pacific Islands Chapter page] for history of events and developments in the Pacific Islands.
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Revision as of 23:41, 24 August 2019


OSGeo Oceania is governed and managed by a Board of Directors (the board). The board can delegate responsibilities to sub-committees as needed.

Its purpose is to foster the growth of the geospatial open source & open data community in the Oceania region, including the oversight and stewardship of a FOSS4G & SotM Conference series.

How to learn more & get involved

The best way to stay up to date on what we're doing is to join our mailing lists:

  • Oceania - discussion about OSGeo Oceania and the regional open geospatial community
  • FOSS4G-Oceania - FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference planning
  • FOSS4G-Oceania-Discuss - a place for conference delegates to get in touch with each other

There's also a lot of informal chatter on the Maptime Oceania Slack group: join here

And you can head to the conference website (link below) and join the conference updates mailing list there.

If you want to talk about how you can get involved, feel free to post on any of these lists, or drop us a line at admin@foss4g-oceania.org.


OSGeo Oceania Terms of Reference, ratified on 2018-12-17.

Company Constitution, 2019-05-01.

Board of Directors

The inaugural board consists of the following directors:

  • Alex Leith - OSGeo Oceania Treasurer - OSGeo Charter Member
  • Andrew Harvey
  • Cameron Shorter - OSGeo Charter Member - OSGeo Marketing Committee
  • Daniel Silk
  • Edoardo Neerhut
  • Greg Lauer - OSGeo Oceania Secretary
  • John Bryant - OSGeo Oceania President - OSGeo Charter Member
  • Jonah Sullivan
  • Kerry Smyth
  • Martin Tomko
  • Trisha Moriarty


The primary responsibilities of the board are to:

  • govern and manage OSGeo Oceania, with regard to finance, risk, and sustainability of the organisation
  • provide oversight of the conference committee, and ongoing stewardship of the conference series
  • coordinate other related outreach activities, including local FOSS4G and State of the Map events
  • maintain a relationship with OSGeo and the OpenStreetMap Foundation, and maintain OSGeo & OSMF chapters in good standing
  • hold accounts, domain names, and other administrative tools, data, and assets as needed
  • enter into agreements with other parties as needed.

In order to guide the organisation towards a mature state, in 2019 this board will aim to:

  • determine a process for recruiting and managing an appropriate general membership
  • determine a process for renewal of board membership, including accountability to the general membership, and clarify such items as term limits and staggering of terms
  • determine a process for inviting expressions of interest and selecting groups wishing to host the annual FOSS4G SotM Oceania event
  • determine and formalise an appropriate non-profit structure
  • submit an official expression of interest to the OSGeo board to form an OSGeo local chapter
  • apply to the OpenStreetMap Foundation board to form an OpenStreetMap local chapter.

Meeting minutes


  • Finance subcommittee (Alex Leith, Greg Lauer, Edoardo Neerhut, John Bryant)



See the Aust-NZ wiki page for a former incarnation of this community. OSGeo Oceania picks up where Aust-NZ left off, and aims to build on that foundation.

Some notable open geospatial events in the region:

  • 20-23 November 2018: FOSS4G SotM Oceania, Melbourne [1]
  • 17 November 2017: Australian QGIS user group meetup, Sydney [2]
  • May 2017: QGIS Noosa Hackfest [3]
  • 1 March 2017: NZ QGIS User Forum, Wellington [4]
  • 23 September 2015: NZ QGIS User Conference, Wellington [5]
  • 22 September 2015: NZ GeoNetwork Users Meetup, Wellington
  • 12 May 2015: QGIS Forum, Perth
  • 14 May 2015: QGIS Forum, Melbourne[6]
  • 18 April 2013: Melbourne QGIS User Conference [7][8]
  • 14 March 2013: Perth QGIS User Forum/Group [9]
  • 15-16 November 2012: FOSS4G-AU 'unconference', Brisbane [10][11][12]
  • 20-23 October 2009: FOSS4G international conference, Sydney [13]

Also see the Pacific Islands Chapter page for history of events and developments in the Pacific Islands.