OSGeo Oceania's purpose is to support and grow the open geospatial community in the Oceania region, including the oversight and stewardship of the FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference series.
The Oceania region includes countries listed in the United Nations Geoscheme for Oceania. We have also included Timor-Leste in our Travel Grant Program. We recognise the important cultural and social connections with other countries in the broader region, such as the Philippines.
We recognise the long-established Pacific Islands Chapter of OSGeo, and work closely with them to build a strong community across our region.
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 the regional open geospatial community and OSGeo Oceania
- foss4g-oceania - FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference planning
- oceania-board - OSGeo Oceania board discussion (public, but read only)
- oceania-board-private - non-public OSGeo Oceania board discussion (private, board member access only)
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 email@example.com.
OSGeo Oceania Calendar
Membership of OSGeo Oceania is an opportunity to engage more actively with the support of open geospatial software & data in Oceania. Members can support OSGeo Oceania in a variety of ways:
- Helping to organise the annual FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference series
- Organising local geospatial events
- Editing in OpenStreetMap
- Active discussions in Oceania related mailing lists
- Writing developer documentation for open source geospatial projects
- Contributing to open source geospatial repositories
Becoming a member allows you to run for the board of OSGeo Oceania and/or vote in the election process.
Membership is free, and you can apply for membership at any time using this form
Applications are reviewed by a membership working group. Generally memberships are approved within a few weeks.
Member list here: Oceania Membership (only includes those who have agreed to be listed).
Microgrants Program: aimed at providing small grants to support local initiatives, for example paying for pizzas for a meetup. The process is designed to be relatively quick and easy. The maximum grant per activity is AUD $250. Details here.
Documents & policies
|OSGeo Oceania Terms of Reference||2018-12-17|
|Finance Committee Terms of Reference||2019-10-03|
|Communications & Outreach Working Group Terms of Reference||2020-03-16|
|Special Interest Group Guidelines||2020-10-21|
|OSGeo Oceania Annual Report 2019-2020||2020-12-14|
|QGIS Special Interest Group charter||2021-03-01|
Board of Directors
OSGeo Oceania is governed and managed by a board of directors. The board delegates responsibilities to committees as needed. As per the constitution, directors are elected by the membership in annual elections. Details of process, current and historical election records can be found on Oceania_Elections.
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.
Committees & working groups
- Membership working group: Ewen Hill (chair), Emma Hain
- Finance committee: Alex Leith (chair), Greg Lauer, Dionne Hansen
- Communications and outreach working group: Emma Hain, Martin Tomko, Trisha Moriarty, Emily Hurry, Celina Agaton, Joeli Varo, Hamish Campbell, Elisa Puccioni, Paul Worwor, Dionne Hansen
- Microgrants working group: Elisa Puccioni (chair), John Bryant, Jonah Sullivan, Carrol Chan, Nemaia Koto
Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIG) are ad-hoc groups that have been established to support a specific topic. Their narrow, topic specific focus is what distinguishes them from the functionally focused working groups. Any member of OSGeo Oceania can propose the creation of a new SIG by following the SIG Guidelines outlined here.
QGIS Oceania is a "Special Interest Group" of OSGeo Oceania. Its purpose is to provide support to the QGIS network in Oceania promoting the use of QGIS, advocating for professional development, and combining resources (time and monetary) to meet targets identified by the community. The SIG is not intended to replace the roles and responsibilities of local QGIS User Groups, but to support them in their endeavours.
The QGIS SIG charter is here.
Steering committee: Andrew Jeffrey, Emma Hain, John Bryant, Nathan Woodrow, Nyall Dawson
OSGeo Oceania has been recognised by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) as the official local chapter in the region. A charter to establish OpenStreetMap Oceania is a SIG is currently awaiting board approval.
As the official local chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation in the region, we are able to support the development of the OpenStreetMap community in Oceania while making sure our diverse range of interests are represented, supported, and promoted. A working group has been established under OSGeo Oceania to focus specifically on OpenStreetMap and our role as a local chapter. The working group is still determining its long term priorities, so feel free to contribute to the discussion here.
Minutes from the inaugural meeting can be found here.
Anyone within Oceania is welcome to join the working group and attend working group meetings.
Chair TBD. Interested parties are currently: Edoardo Neerhut, Andrew Harvey, Luke Stewart, Jonah Sullivan, Martin Tomko, David Brown, Angus Scown, Violaine Doutreleau, James Nuccio, Carrol Chan, Kamsin Raju, Greg Lauer, Kasaqa Tora, Edwin Liavaa, Malcolm Archbold, Julie Callebaut, David Garcia
Note, while OSGeo Oceania is currently the recognised local chapter in the region, we are fully supportive of other groups that may form in Oceania with the intent of becoming a local chapter. One example would be a national entity that determines their interests would better represented as an independent local chapter. If this was to occur, OSGeo Oceania would be fully supportive and will not claim to speak for groups who do not wish to be represented.
See the Aust-NZ wiki page for an earlier incarnation of this community. OSGeo Oceania picks up where Aust-NZ left off, and aims to build on that foundation.
Also see the Pacific Islands Chapter page for history of events and developments in the Pacific Islands.
- Elected at the last election
- Continuing 2-year term
- Re-elected at the last election