Board Meeting 2021-03-29

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This board meeting is scheduled Monday 29 March 2021 at 15:00 UTC through Jitsi, a record of motions is preserved on loomio and actions on osgeo todo issue tracker.

Agenda

Current items

  1. roll call
    • appoint meeting chair, meeting scribe/secretary
  2. proposal to become a Participating Organisation with the Group on Earth Observation (Steven Feldman)
  3. other fiscal alternatives (GDAL)
  4. Review and approve past minutes
  5. Marketing Committee Astrid Contact board about communication with Partners from MOUs
  6. Set up OpenCollective fiscal host for projects to facilitate donations
  1. add your topic here

Minutes

  • Presiding: Till
  • Scribing: Till, Codrina
  • Attending: Angelos, Astrid, Tom, Mike, Michele, Codrina, Helena, Vicky, Till
  • Guests: Steven Feldman (for topic 1), Even Renaud and Howard Butler (for topic 2), a dog


1. proposal to become a Participating Organisation with the

  • Group on Earth Observation (Steven Feldman)
  • Steven reports on background. About 100 Space Agencies and ministries/governments are members.- Also, GEO has engaged with OSGeo previously, by being a partner to FOSS4G 2019 and giving a keynote.
  • question to board: Do we want to become participating organsation of Group on Earth Observation (150 part. org. yet)
  • fill in form of 2 pages (Steven will support us here)
  • The form will be signed and submitted by Angelos.
  • motion 1: Become participating organisation of GEO 9x "+1"


2. other fiscal alternatives (gdal)

  • Howard reports on topic https://gist.github.com/hobu/8bdca018fe0ada0660ea3562813e46d5
  • maintainer of GDAL took small jobs adding new features to the software and thus GDAL was funded, but it is not a sustainable way to go- difficult to bring in new contributors
  • private funding call brought 125k US$, concentrated on bigger organisations, mainly based in US;
  • There is no knowledge yet on how donations coming from Europe would be handled.
  • OSGeo is not the right organisation for managing the funding because we lack paid personal to handle fiscal issues on behalf of projects
  • Looking for alternative organisations to manage the funding / fiscal activity.
  • The most likely alternative for getting fiscal services is NumFocuse https://numfocus.org/, but OpenCollective [1] is also a possibility.
  • Question to the board, if that is okay for OSGeo if GDAL selects another organisation to manage the fiscal activities, GDAL is not leaving OSGeo (!!)
  • the board is open to this kind of support, use this example as draft for other projects later- The board will also discuss in future meetings on how to recognize sponsors that support open source projects through these other organizations/foundation offering fiscal services.


3. Review and approve past minutes

  • happened already on Loomio


4. Marketig Committee Astrid Contact board about communication with Partners from MOUs

  • Question: Are we aware with the organisations, that we signed a MOU with?
  • We could send them updates/news, if such contact is alive
  • Helena went through and suggests to update connections
  • Helena suggests to re-contact them one-by-one
  • Marketing committee reviews all the MOU's, then reports to the board


5. Set up OpenCollective fiscal host for projects to facilitate donations

  • Helena shared email about the topic, GRASS GIS is looking for a fiscal host organisation
  • we had this discussion already with Alyssa Wright and decided to have PGRouting as a pilot
  • we need the feedback from Daniel Kastl (PGRouting) in order to setup guidelines for other projects


6. Go through the old issues (https://git.osgeo.org/gitea/osgeo/todo/issues/)

  • #108 "OSGeo projects on OSGeo website" - keep in track
  • The Lexicon Committee could pick this subject up, as it has applied for a Google Season of Docs grant [2]. This grant will allow paying a technical writer to support OSGeo in implementing a cross-projects glossary with geospatial relevant terminology. Part of the working team are also volunteers from OGC and ISO/TC211. The used software is open source https://www.glossarist.org/. Results regarding the grant will be announce mid-April.
  • follow up with HOT in the next meetings (TODO Angelos)


7. Vicky reported on video on "opening doors"

Actions

IRC Log

  • the meeting was held via Jitsy