CodeOfConduct Committee

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Note: this committee is currently in formation...

The Code Of Conduct Committee (describe purpose here)...This committee is responsible for defining internal workflows and sharing organization knowledge related to the maintenance, enforcement, and continued improvement of the OSGeo Code of Conduct (


  • The committee will consist of X members. NEED TO FILL IN. Would like to emphasize both experience and diversity. So maybe a mix of community members and people who have experience organizing FOSS4G events??


  • The committee will be responsible for developing and receiving board approval for Code of Conduct enforcement policy. Once approved, this policy (and associated documentation) will be circulate amongst the community, with a strong focus on those who moderate OSGeo IRC channels, organize OSGeo gatherings, as well as those who steer existing OSGeo projects and/or incubate potential new ones.
  • The committee will maintain the list of banned individuals and retain a copy of all incident reports.
  • The committee will review and respond to online incident reports.
  • The committee will serve as a resource to LOCs


The group maintains a mailing list at, and meet in the IRC channel AT SOME REGULAR INTERVAL??


Code of Conduct Workflow Discussions

SOTM - OSGeo CoC Implementation BoF Session - 5 June 2015

Some notes from our discussion - Consider adding CoC to RFP for all upcoming OSGeo events? -- not sure how to deal w/ this retroactively / for ongoing projects - Would it be possibly to codify/package CoC implementation ideas/methods? - Need to make sure that we engage a variety of people in these discussions; different cultural contexts/backgrounds - Remember that moderators (for listservs, of etc) need support and resources for dealing w/ difficult situations - OSM/F as an example of a place where support might be needed; consider joining, perhaps... - Not going to come up with the full process today but going to organize “To-Dos” - Focus on OSGEO - Different groups deal with enforcement in different ways. - OSM has a mailing list policy buried in the wiki somewhere (so buried I couldn’t find it) - open forum enforces the status quo

to do's - Form a code of conduct committee in OSGEO; purpose is (1) Knowledge transfer year to year (2) Deal with enforcement - Checklists to create: (1) reporting guidelines (2) incident reports -The code of conduct should be part of the RFP template for the FOSS4G conference process; (1) have suggestions/guidelines (2) part of the application will state how the organizers will implement the code of conduct (part of RFP scoring) - Split up the pieces -- figure out how to trickle CoC into all aspects of the organization (Conferences, mailing lists, IRC, etc.) - Process of projects joining OSGEO be comply with CoC

Proposed MAJOR next step:

Consider creating a formal Code of Conduct committee to formally handle creating reporting guidelines, responding to incidents, enforcing the CoC (including creating language and identifying actions for dealing with the perpetrators of incidents, tracking warned or suspended individuals over time (institutional knowledge), deciding when to allow suspended individuals back to OSGeo spaces (events, listservs, etc).

Resources from other groups:

Reporting Guidelines

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Responding/Enforcement 'Source: Source: Source: Source:

Language/Actions for Dealing with Banned Person

Sample Language When Banned Person Attempts to Register Dear Name

Thank you for your interest in attending This Event. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate your attendance at this event. We apologize for the inconvenience, and have issued a full refund to your credit card.

Many thanks

Event Organizer

Keeping Track of Banned Individuals Source: ( I think it should be tracked but I am worried about it being public facing)

When/How to Let Banned People Come Back Source: Source: