Talk:Local Chapter Guidelines
I reviewed the Local Chapter Guidelines wiki page at:
Generally I like it, but I have a few concerns / suggestions.
1) I don't specially see that a local chapter needs to have a voting
member of OSGeo involved. We don't require this of projects, or committees, so why local chapters?
2) I think we need to imagine 2-3 "levels" of chapter. The minimum
level might not have any "official" existance, just existing as a mailing list and wiki pages. This is roughly the same as the "working group" discussed in the past.
The second level would be authorized by the board, has a "project" on the osgeo domain, mailing lists and is expected to designate someone to report back to the board (but not necessarily an officer). The group does a variety of things, but maintains no chapter private chapter finances.
The third level might actually officially exist as an organization in the country where it is formed, has it's own chapter board, has it's own bank account, etc. This level would potentially be required if the local chapter wants to put on local conferences or pursue other kinds of projects that might require funding, sponsorship, etc. I would not necessarily expect detailed OSGeo oversight of such finances.
I imagine something like OSGeo Japan Branch being in category 3, while some other chapters not wanting too much organizational overhead might opt for category 2. Groups working on building some momentum to form a chapter might start in category 1, and might never get past that level if there is no need.
3) I foresee some local chapters that are essentially very local "social
and support" groups. For instance, the mooted "OSGeo Ottawa Chapter". Such chapters would be focused around a local group that meets regularly as opposed to a "language or national" based group that might not actually meet in person frequently.
4) Generally I think OSGeo needs to ensure that local chapters are
behaving in a manner congruent with the OSGeo mission, and not otherwise bringing the foundation into disrepute, but beyond that we shouldn't need to interfere much.
I do like the idea of language based chapters acting as an advocate for translation into their language.