Talk:Local Chapter Guidelines

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As posted by FrankW to International-Discuss and the board list. Please send all major edits on this page also to

Concerns and Sggestions

  • Local chapter does not need to have a voting member of OSGeo involved

Suggestion to have 2-3 "levels" of chapter.

Level one

does not need to have any "official" existance
  • mailing list
  • wiki pages
Working Group
Interest Group

Level two

Official existance
reports to the board
no OSGeo funding or management
  • mailing list
  • wiki pages
  • web pages
  • Documents directory
  • SVN(?)

Level three

Official Organization in the country where it is formed
own chapter board
no OSGeo oversight of finances
  • bank account
  • funding and management
  • local conferences

Groups working on building some momentum to form a chapter (level 1) might start in category 1, and might never get past that level if there is no need.

General Guidelines

Some local chapters that are essentially very local "social and support" groups. For instance the "OSGeo Ottawa Chapter" would be focused around a local group that meets regularly as opposed to a "language or national" based group that might not meet in person frequently.

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

Beyond that OSGeo shouldn't need to interfere much.

FrankW likes the idea of language based chapters acting as an advocate for translation into their language.