Board Meeting 2006 03 17
The 4th board meeting is planned for Friday, March 17th 2006 at 8:00 a.m. PST (wold times), by phone and IRC (#osgeo) at the same time.
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- Appoint meeting secretary.
- Approve (with review) Third Board Meeting minutes
- Notice on Open Letter regarding the INSPIRE Directive (Markus)
- Notice/Motion to establish Public Geodata Committee/Project/WorkingGroup based on Public Geospatial Data Project (Markus/Jo)
- Notice on Education and Curriculum Project progress (Markus)
- Discussion of priorities (Gary)
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OPEN SOURCE GEOSPATIAL FOUNDATION
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On March 17, 2006, at 8:00 am Pacific time, pursuant to notice duly given, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (the "Foundation" or "OSGeo") held a meeting by teleconference.
Present at the meeting were the following members of the Board: Chris Holmes, Gary Lang, Markus Neteler and Frank Warmerdam and Arnulf Christl. Also present at the request of the Board was Daniel Brookshier, VP Website Project, and Laura Rivera. All participants indicated that they could hear one another. Additionally, Internet Relay Chat was used for backup purposes (#osgeo on irc.freenode.net). Ms. Rivera was appointed secretary of the meeting.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The Board first approved by general consent the minutes of the meeting held on March 10, 2006.
NOTICE ON OPEN LETTER REGARDING THE INSPIRE DIRECTIVE
The Board next reviewed and discussed the Open Letter Regarding the INSPIRE Directive. The Board ratified the actions of Markus Neteler in signing the open letter on behalf of the Foundation. The open letter was sent to the ENVI Committee on March 15, 2006.
PUBLIC GEODATA COMMITTEE
The Board next discussed forming a Project Steering Committee (PSC) for a Public Geospatial Data project, to be chaired by Jo Walsh. Mr. Neteler received Ms. Walsh's consent to so act through IRC while the meeting progressed. After discussion, and upon motion duly made and seconded, the following resolutions were passed:
WHEREAS, the Bylaws of the Foundation permit the Board to establish Project Steering Committees (PSCs); and the Board deems it to be in the best interests of the Foundation and consistent with the Foundation's purpose to establish a PSC.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Project Steering Committee, to be known as the "Public Geospatial Data Project Steering Committee" (Geodata PSC), be and hereby is established pursuant to Article VI of Bylaws of the Foundation;
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Geodata PSC be and hereby is responsible for activities of the Foundation relating to: promotion of the use of open geospatial formats; promotion of public access to state-collected geodata; maintaining a public repository of open geodata; and presenting and explaining licenses for public geodata;
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the office of "Vice President, Public Geospatial Data Project" be and hereby is created, the person holding such office to serve at the direction of the Board of Directors as the chair of the Geodata PSC, and to have primary responsibility for management of the project within the scope of responsibility of the Geodata PSC;
RESOLVED FURTHER, that Jo Walsh be and hereby is appointed to the office of Vice President, Public Geospatial Data Project, to serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until death, resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification, or until a successor is appointed;
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the chair of the Geodata PSC be and hereby is given the authority to select the members of such PSC, who need not be voting members of the Foundation.
NOTICE ON EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM PROJECT PROGRESS
The Board next discussed the proposal to form an Education and Curriculum Committee. It was decided that this would move to be discussed on the Foundation's discuss mail list. It was resolved that a motion be prepared for the next Board meeting along with a proposed committee chair.
DISCUSSION OF PRIORITIES
Gary Lang collected lists of priorities from all members of the Board and will roll them up into a spreadsheet with the Top 3 - 5 which he will distribute via email. The Board determined that they would like to include "Milestones". This will be followed up with an action item for discussion at the next Board meeting.
The Board next discussed adding a Newsletter (weekly/monthly) to the OSGeo website. This would provide a snapshot of what OSGeo is currently working on. Frank Warmerdam volunteered to contribute to this newsletter which will be distributed to the discuss list and posted to the website. Mr. Brookshier will setup the RSS feed for news, and add dates on all news items along with Announcement Items on front page of website with RSS feed by next week.
The Board next discussed the potential of members meeting 2-3 days to work as a team on different committee projects. Mr. Holmes suggested an "Incubation Sprint" possibly in June as an add-on to a conference he and Jo Walsh will be attending in New York.
The Board next discussed having the community manager collect a list of upcoming events that OSGeo members are or would be interested in attending. It was resolved to post a list of key events to the board discuss list. Motion to put on agenda for next week - Review event list.
There being no further business, upon motion duly made and seconded, the meeting was adjourned.
/s/ Laura Rivera Secretary of the Meeting