New Member Nominations 2014

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The Charter Member nomination (part of the Election 2014) will be open from 2014-07-19 to 2014-08-01. The list of nominees for the 2014 Charter Member Election is maintained by the Chief Returning Officer (cro at osgeo.org). This page is write protected and can only be edited by SysOps.


To submit a charter member nomination:

  • Please confirm with the nominated person first!
  • Please email cro@osgeo.org with their name, country, contact email and paragraph describing why you are recommending this person as a Charter Member
  • Please also feel free to cc: the nomination to the OSGeo discussion list - discuss@lists.osgeo.org - so the community can be nudged along and have a sense of what is going on.
  • Also, you might want to reference your OSGeo Advocate profile.

Note: simple script to scrap this page to generate meaningful lines for the electronic voting system

The list of nominees will be maintained by the CRO here:

_#_ _______Name_______ _____Country_____ Notes Thread
1 Santosh Gaikwad India From: Ravi Kumar

Santosh is with Open Source GIS for more than a decade and he has conducted training sessions in the same. His LinkedIn profile is copy pasted below. WEB-GIS trainings are the most well attended events that he conducts. He is a very active member of OSGeo India.

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2 Thijs van Menen Netherlands From: Bart van den Eijnden

When I first started to work on a large open source geospatial project in The Netherlands in 2002/2003, Thijs was part of the government agency (Rijkswaterstaat) that did the tender for a geospatial infrastructure based on open standards. Our open source proposal got chosen, and we worked many many years on setting up the SDI and maintaining it. The project was called GeoServices, and as with many things, the project was unfortunately a bit ahead of its time.

Thijs is one of the few people at government agencies that truly understands what open source is. He is very passionate about open source software development, and a few years after the inception of the project he led a team of consultants hired by the Ministry to work on the maintenance of the software as well as on applications built on top of it.

He has also been a frequent attendant of FOSS4G, with attendance in Victoria, Cape Town and Denver. Some of the Denver people might remember Thijs by his frequent use of the phrase “Tik hem aan ouwe”. He was also involved in the inception of the Dutch language chapter.

Through this nomination I’d also like to thank Thijs for everything he did for open source geospatial in The Netherlands. His enthusiasm really helped things move forward.

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3 Stephan Meißl Austria From: Helmut Kudrnovsky

Stephan(1) is a committer to MapServer(2) and also a member of the MapServer PSC(3). As well known in the OSGeo community, he has organized the wonderfull OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 (4)(5) in Vienna which was great step forward in community building between all the nice OSGeo projects.

So I am convinced that Stephan will be very valuable OSGeo Charter Member.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Schpidi
  2. https://github.com/mapserver/mapserver/blob/master/COMMITERS
  3. http://mapserver.org/development/rfc/ms-rfc-23.html
  4. http://vienna2014.sprint.osgeo.org/
  5. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Vienna_Code_Sprint_2014
  6. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Hellik
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4 Jeffrey Johnson United States From: Bart van den Eijnden

Jeff is truly passionate about open source geospatial and he brings a lot of skills to the table (deep technical skills, project management, business skills). He is one of the driving forces behind the GeoNode project(1), an open source geospatial content management system based on technologies such as pyCSW and GeoServer. In his professional career he was a Brigade Captain at Code For America and he worked for OpenGeo / Boundless up until recently. Jeff is also very involved in the OSM community.

  1. http://geonode.org
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5 Régis Haubourg France From: Vincent Picavet

I would like to nominate Régis Haubourg as OSGeo charter member. Régis has been a long supporter of OpenSource, and was among the first in French Public administration not only to support and use FOSS4G, but to actively promote and fund it.

Régis is very active in promoting QGIS and other FOSS4G tools, and maintains a constant and close relationship between users and developers. He funds a lots of QGIS feature development and bugfixing.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Rhaubourg
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6 Johan Van de Wauw Belgium From: Jeff McKenna

It is my pleasure to nominate Johan Van de Wauw for OSGeo Charter membership.

Active in the Belgium community, Johan has been working hard lately on helping with the OSGeo-Live project. He is also active in the SAGA GIS community. He also helps organize the FOSDEM conference in Europe.

I had the pleasure of meeting Johan in Bremen recently, and I really like his raw enthusiasm and passion for all-things-FOSS4G.

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7 Bruce Bannerman Australia From: Cameron Shorter

Bruce has been very hard working toward the OSGeo cause and often provides valuable insights to OSGeo discussions from a government purchasing perspective. He currently works as the key a GeoSpatial Architect at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where he plays a key role in the World Meteorological Organisation and Open Geospatial Consortium where he is a member of several expert teams.

Bruce was incredibly hard working on the FOSS4G 2009 organising committee, and was key in fostering OSGeo/OGC relationships by coordination and sourcing substantial sponsorship. He has done a lot of local OSGeo evangelism, manning OSGeo booths at conferences, writing papers for Government committees on behalf of OSGeo and helping found and run the Australian/New Zealand local chapter of OSGeo. He is also the rasdaman mentor, helping guide the rasdaman project through incubation.

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8 Alexandre Neto Portugal From: Giovanni Manghi

Alexandre is a very active member of the Portuguese and International Osgeo community. He is very active on several Osgeo mailing lists and on gis.stackexchange.com were he usually helps a lot of people solving their issues (1). He is one of the main contributors of the QGIS translation to Portuguese. He publishes a blog in Portuguese with posts about practical issues (2) and he is quite known for its maps (3). He is a QGIS plugin author (4) and recently was part of the group that funded the Portuguese QGIS user group (5).

  1. http://gis.stackexchange.com/users/6191/alexandre-neto?tab=answers
  2. http://sigsemgrilhetas.wordpress.com/
  3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/95677407@N05/
  4. http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/author/Alexandre%20Neto/
  5. http://qgis.pt/
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9 Thomas Gratier France From: Even Rouault

Thomas is a member of the OSGeo-FR association and has been involved into the organization committees of the FROG 2013 event and the successful 3-day FOSS4G-FR 2014 that took place in last may. He contributes to several of our projects, mainly focused on translation :

  • parts of the OSGeo-Live DVD, which he presented as well as OSGeo4W during a session at FOSS4G-FR
  • contribution to the i18n translation mechanism of MapServer
  • French translation of TinyOWS documentation
  • French translation of ZOO Project

Thomas is involved into other user forums such as GéoRezo, and has redacted tutorials and press reviews for GeoTribu.

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10 Ivan Minčik Slovakia From: Jáchym Čepický

Ivan(1) is very active at Slovakia, working with, promoting and providing support to the OSGeo stack. Among his publicly available work, GISLab (2) is to be mentioned. He is also active in the packaging community.

I had possibility to talk to Ivan several times and I think, he would be valuable charter member of OSGeo.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Imincik
  2. https://github.com/imincik/gis-lab
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11 José García Spain From: María Arias de Reyna

Although he is not very active on general mailing lists of OSGeo, he is a very active and prominent developer of geoNetwork. He is also commonly seen participating on FOSS4G events and codesprints.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Josegar
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12 Alexander Bruy Ukraine From: Alex Mandel

He is a well known contributor in the QGIS and OSGeo-Live realms, a leader in of OSGeo interests in Ukraine, a GSOC mentor, and a lead translator for many OSGeo projects into Russian and Ukrainian.

Though I've never met him in person we run into each other all the time on IRC and mailing lists competing to help people use FOSS4G.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Alexbruy
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13 Mohammed Rashad India From: Margherita Di Leo

Rashad[1,2] is from Kerala, India. He is currently at the end of his internship at CNES [3], Toulouse and completing his master degree at IIIT Hyderabad [4].

He started working on GRASS GIS for his engineering project, a web application deployed using Cartoweb PHP framework and GRASS GIS. When he started his master at IIIT Hyderabad, he began working on a collaborative mapping platform called VRGeo [5] (Village Resource Geo data repository), LSIViewer and WebGRASS. He participated in GSoC 2012 and 2013 for OSSIM projects under OSGeo.

Currently he is working in OTB and OSSIM python bindings. Moreover, he packages GRASS GIS and OSSIM for Ubuntu PPA [6]. He's always helpful with users through the various ML and GIS Stack Exchange[7].

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Rashad
  2. http://rashadkm.wordpress.com/
  3. http://www.cnes.fr/
  4. http://lsi.iiit.ac.in/
  5. http://vrgeo.in/
  6. https://github.com/rashadkm/
  7. http://gis.stackexchange.com/users/10212/rashad
  8. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Madi
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14 Sittichai Choosumrong Thailand From: Jeff McKenna

It is my pleasure to nominate Sittichai Choosumrong (known as Bomp) for an OSGeo Charter Member. I have known Bomp for many years now, and have worked with him in Japan while he was doing his graduate schooling under Venka-sensei. Bomp regularly gives workshops and talks on various OSGeo projects, and his youthful enthusiasm rubs off on students. He is now a researcher at Naresuan University in his beloved home country of Thailand, where I am sure he will continue to promote OSGeo. He has worked very hard to promote OSGeo and I want to thank him for this.

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15 Milan Antonovic Switzerland From: Massimiliano Cannata

Milan is a passionate and excellent FOSS developers, that during the last 6 years (from Cape Town FOSS4G) he's actively participating in International, Continental and Regional Free and Open Source for Geomatics communities.

During these years he worked with a large number of OSGeo software with an excellent spirit of innovation in application development and service creation. He's currently a core contributor of istSOS, he largely contributed to the development of GeoShield (a precursor for OWS security access and privilege management system).

Enthusiasm and competence make of him a perfect FOSS4G advocate.

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16 Jeremy Morley UK From: Suchith Anand

It is my great pleasure to nominate Jeremy Morley for OSGeo Charter membership. I have known and worked with Jeremy for many years now and his help and support was key for expanding OSGeo in the UK. He is the cochair of OSGIS conference series and has been the co-chair of the very successful FOSS4G 2013 at Nottingham.

Jeremy is Theme Leader for Geospatial Science at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute. He has worked in the academic GIS sector since the mid-90s. Jeremy has promoted and researched Open GIS standards (through the OGC TC since 2000), data (UK Location Programme User Group) and software (hosted the “EOGEO” workshops, predecessors to FOSS4G, in 2000 & 2004). He has also been actively giving training programs (good example is the very successful GIS Open Source Summer School in Girona) , workshops, talks etc. He is also leading new module on our MSc GIScience called "Geospatial Information Services" at fully using OSGeoLive. This is a good example for other universities to follow in the future for their Master, undergraduate programs etc.

I am surprised that Jeremy is not already a charter member and i am sure not only the UK Chapter colleagues but also our Edu community will be happy to see him as a charter member.

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17 Takayuki Nuimura Japan From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my pleasure to nominate Takayuki NUIMURA [1] for OSGeo Charter membership. Active in the Japanese and international community, Nuimura-san has been actively lately on promoting OSGeo at various forums, conducting training and workshops and helping with the OSGeo-Live and QGIS translation projects. He helps organize the FOSS4G conferences in Japan.

His enthusiasm and passion for all-things-FOSS4G is second to none.

  1. http://researchmap.jp/nuimura/?lang=english
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18 Florin Iosub Romania From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my pleasure to nominate Florin IOSUB[1] for OSGeo Charter membership. Active in the Romanian and international community, Florin has been actively lately on promoting OSGeo at various forums, conducting training and workshops and helping with the several FOSS4G related projects. He helps organize the FOSS4G conferences and code sprints in Europe.

His enthusiasm and passion for all-things-FOSS4G is second to none.

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/in/floriniosub
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19 Oliver Tonhofer Germany From: Cameron Shorter

I'd like to nominate Oliver Tonnhofer to be an OSGeo Charter Member. I can vouch for Oliver's contribution to the OSGeo-Live project where he is the maintainer of MapProxy on OSGeo-Live. He is also the core-developer of MapProxy and Imposm, and has spoken at FOSS4G, FOSSGIS and FOSS4GE conferences.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate#Oliver_Tonnhofer
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20 BJ Jang South Korea From: Shin, Sanghee

It’s my great pleasure to nominate BJ Jang[1] for the OSGeo charter membership.

He’s been very active in OSGeo Korean Chapter for many years. He is in charge of all open source GIS education and trainings through OSGeo Korean Chapter. With his efforts OSGeo Korean Chapter has carried out many open source GIS trainings successfully.[3] He is also an enthusiastic translator. He’s gotten involved in many translations and had led the most of those translations including PostGIS[4], GeoSever[5], QGIS[6].

BJ is also a prominent GIS SW developer who loves to share his knowledge & experiences with others. He has carried out many challenging GIS projects using open sources.[7] He is now developing GeoStatistics QGIS Plug-in[8] and contributes much to Tadpole project, an open source DB management tool.[9]

I believe that his enthusiasm, experiences and leadership will definitely give new energy to OSGeo community.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:BJJang
  2. http://www.osgeo.kr/152
  3. http://is.gd/BQqKPZ
  4. http://www.osgeo.kr/141
  5. http://www.osgeo.kr/149
  6. http://www.osgeo.kr/171
  7. http://www.slideshare.net/jangbi882
  8. http://opentutorials.org/module/982/
  9. https://github.com/hangum/TadpoleForDBTools
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21 Hugo Santos Portugal From: Jorge Sanz

It's my pleasure to nominate Hugo Santos[1] from Portugal for the OSGeo Charter Membership. Hugo is one of the key members of the OSGeo Portugal community and one of the organizers of the small but wonderful GeocampPT unconference[2]. On his everyday job he is the manager for GIS and forest resources for the Rio Maior municipality. I met him at Campo Maior, at GeoCamp 2012, and since then it's always a joy to find him at Geocamp (PT an ES) and see his passion for FOSS4G and OSGeo.

  1. http://pt.linkedin.com/in/hdsantos
  2. http://geocampers.com/
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22 Jorge Arévalo Spain From: Jorge Sanz

It's my pleasure to nominate for the OSGeo Charter Membership Jorge Arévalo[1]. Jorge is a long time developer of FOSS4G software, mainly developing on the PostGIS Raster GDAL driver[2]. He is reviewer of many FOSS4G books and has been actively working on Geoinquietos Madrid[3], a local microchapter, as well as participating in some conferences and trainings. This year he is mentor of one of the GSoC projects. Finally Jorge is one of the main contributors of a nice set of free workshops on FOSS4G topics called GeoTalleres[4].

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jorgearevalo80
  2. http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/frmts_wtkraster.html
  3. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geo_inquietos_Madrid
  4. https://geotalleres.readthedocs.org/
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23 Kate Chapman United States From: Schuyler Erle

I'd like to nominate Kate Chapman[1] for charter membership in OSGeo. Kate has been an active advocate of Open Source GIS software for many years, and a regular presenter at FOSS4G. For the last several years, Kate has served as Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, where she works tirelessly to promote the development of Open Source software and data as part of a comprehensive response to problems of international crisis response and economic development. Kate continues to be a vocal proponent of OSGeo and its ideals, and would be an ideal addition to our organization.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Wonderchook
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24 Zoltan Siki Hungary From: Jeff McKenna

Zoltan[1] has been a longtime advocate for OSGeo by being very active in the Hungarian community. He has contributed translations and tutorials for many OSGeo projects, and has given several hands-on workshops.

I have had the pleasure to meet Zoltan at several FOSS4G events, and I was surprised to hear that he is not a Charter member yet. I believe he deserves to be thanked for his hard work supporting OSGeo and FOSS4G.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Siki
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25 Jukka Rahkonen Finnland From: Even Rouault

Jukka is one of the few people who belong to several PSCs of our OSGeo projects, namely Geoserver since 2012 and GDAL since 2013 (and among the very few to make the bridge between the Java and C/C++ tribes !)

As far as GDAL is concerned, Jukka is one of our most active power users since many years. You've probably noticed him many times answering to questions from other users on the mailing list, testing bleeding edge trunk or doing precise bug reports. It was a pleasure for me to finally meet him in person at Nottingham last year.

Jukka is also involved into other OSGeo (or related) communities such as MapServer, TinyOWS or Spatialite, which gives him a quite broad vision in the geospatial field.

Jukka also maintains Finnish translations for OpenJUMP and Kosmo GIS and has given a workshop on GeoPackage in the Finnish OSGeo seminar this year.

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26 David Fawcett United States From: David Bitner

David Fawcett has been an integral part of the Twin Cities Local Chapter of OSGeo / Twin Cities Mapserver Users Group for over a decade. David has been a vocal proponent of Open Source, Open Data, and Civic Participation in GIS over the years. Notable contributions have included founding of the Spatial Hotdish "GIS mashup competition" and acting as Program Chair of the 2013 FOSS4G North America Conference. David has also been very active in the Minnesota GIS/LIS consortium including helping to bring forward the ideals of Open GIS to the broader GIS community with workshops, presentations, and general advocacy. David has a strong knack for bridging the traditional GIS world with the developer centric Open Source world.

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27 Moisés Arcos Spain From: María Arias de Reyna

He is a very active member of the Spanish local chapter in Sevilla (GeoInquietos). Right now he is promoting a mapping party in Sevilla with the local SDI and he is actively working opening data. A recent example of his work opening data is OpenCycleSeville[3].

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Moiarcsan
  2. https://github.com/moiarcsan
  3. https://github.com/GeoinquietosSevilla/opencycleseville
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28 Simon Mercier Canada From: Daniel Morissette

Simon has been quite active in the Quebec Local Chapter since it was created in 2008. He is still today one of the most active members of the steering committee of the local chapter and in this role he has been involved in the organization of multiple editions of the "Rendez-vous OSGeo-Quebec" event and also contributed to the organization of the GeoHack Challenge 2013 in Montreal and is currently working with a team on the organization of a new edition for 2014.

His contributions also include speaking at conferences about OSGeo projects/products and open data, as well as training new users on QGIS, MapServer, OpenLayers, PostGIS, OSM and related technologies. Finally, Simon has been promoting the use of OSGeo software in his work at Ministère de la Sécurité Publique, Spatialytics, MGeospatial and now at Mapgears since 2012.

Even if he is not very visible at the international level, he is a very active promoter of OSGeo at the local level and has all the attributes expected of a charter member.

More info about Simon:

  1. Blog: http://simonmercier.net/blog/
  2. Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimonMercier

From: Vincent Picavet

I would like to nominate Simon Mercier to be part of OSGeo charter Members. Simon works at Mapgears in Quebec, and is a long time OpenSource GIS supporter.

He contributes to various opensource projects, mainly around Mapserver. He created the Scribe language for Mapserver, on top of which is based ScribeUI, an interface for easier Mapfile writing.

He regularly writes on Opensource GIS topics on internet, in its own name or representing Mapgears.

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29 Iván Sánchez Ortega Norway From: Jorge Sanz

It's a great honour to nominate Iván Sánchez[1][2] (Spaniard now living in Norway). He is well known by usual FOSS4G attendants by his funny musicals (i.e. [3]) but Iván is much much more than a passionate geonerd. He is one of the main promoters of Open Data and OpenStreetMap in Spain (in fact he's currently the -exiled- president of the OSM.es association); he was for a period member of the Boards of Directors of the OSM Foundation and has leaded many activities around OSM and Open Data in Spain. He usually presents FOSS4G projects on conferences and is also well remembered by the Cake Test for Open Data[4] (specially when he brings cakes to smaller-than-FOSS4G conferences)

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Iv%C3%A1n_S%C3%A1nchez_Ortega
  2. https://github.com/ivansanchez
  3. http://vimeo.com/29203100
  4. https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2009/11/11/921/
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30 Alejandro Díaz Spain From: María Arias de Reyna

Alejandro is an active member of the Spanish local chapter in Sevilla (GeoInquietos). He has been working with foss software for a long time, collaborating with different projects like geonetwork and mapstore. He is also known on several spanish foss4g events like the last Girona Conference, where he collaborated on several presentations.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Alediator
  2. https://github.com/alediator
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31 Andrea Antonello Italy From: Luca Delucchi

I would like to nominate Andrea Antonello as Charter Member. He is long time contributor to several OSGeo Java project.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate#Andrea_Antonello
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32 Steven Feldman UK From: Anne Ghisla

It is my pleasure to nominate Steven Feldman [0] from London, UK for OSGeo Charter membership.

Steven has been involved in a combination of GIS, business and open source for many years [1], and is currently an External Lecturer at Nottingham University, a strategic advisor to Astun Technology, chairman of geo.me Solutions and Exprodat Consulting and a board advisor at OpenCage Data [0, 1].

Steven's most recent and substantial contribution to open source geospatial has been serving as Chair of the LOC of FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham. At that event I started insightful discussions with him about OSGeo future and long term sustainability, that continue to the present date.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Stevenfeldman
  2. http://knowwhereconsulting.co.uk/biog/
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33 Pieter De Graef Belgium From: Dirk Frigne

I'd like to nominate Pieter De Graef to be an OSGeo Charter Member. Pieter is an active member and chair on the PSC of the Geomajas project [1]. He also is a regular speaker on FOSS4G conferences, having a talk in Cape-town (2008), Sydney (2009), Barcelona (2010), Denver (2011), Nottingham (2013) One of the presentations I could find back online was [2].

Pieter also is an advocate to implement open source solutions into the processes of administrations. He is a project leader in some large integration projects, completely based on open source. A nice example of a public service can be found here [3] [4] among a lot of other examples.

Pieter is also responsible for the geomajas section on the liveDVD and is working hard to bring the usability of the framework to a level it becomes very easy to adopt, without giving up on the original goals and standards.

I work with Pieter almost 10 years together and I am happy to see he is working really hard to spread the word of FOSS in his environment. I asked Pieter to create an advocate profile asap

[1] http://www.osgeo.org/geomajas [2] http://2013.foss4g.org/conf/programme/presentations/68/index.html [3] https://www.dov.vlaanderen.be/bodemviewer/ [4] https://www.dov.vlaanderen.be/rubriek55/

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34 Christian Mayer Germany From: Marc Jansen

Chris (as he is usually called) is involved in the development of several OpenSource Projects. He is one of the cofounders of the GeoExt Mobile (GXM) and SHOGun projects and a committer for GeoExt and GeoExt 2. He has provided patches for several other projects (OpenLayers, MapFish) as well. Furthermore he does beta testing (e.g. for GeoTools on Windows machines), blogs about tech and is a frequent speaker at international and German conferences (where he shares his love for OpenSource). Additionally he also helps users via mailinglists etc. Lastly I'd like to stress that I personally value the opinions and thoughts of my friend Chris very much. I am sure that the OSGeo will profit from him being a future charter member.

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35 Marie Silvestre France From: Vincent Picavet

I would like to nominate Marie Sylvestre as a Charter Member for OSGeo. Marie does not have the chance to be able to travel to every and each FOSS4G, but she is for long a strong advocate of FOSS4G.

She is a research engineer in GIS for the CNRS at Pierre and Marie Curie University since 2006, its main work focus on water quality modelling of large watersheds.

She initiated and performed the complete redesign and recoding of the model she works on to use only Opensource GIS. She makes a great job at promoting the use of FOSS in GIS among researchers and students in the university and gives twice a year a 4-days training course on GIS with QGIS and GRASS.

She has been an early enthusiast for OSGeo and its Francophone Local Chapter and has been an active member of translation projects such as the OSGeo website and Journal.

Since then she became the unique and coordinator of the French translation team for QGIS documentation and website, hard work.

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36 Nadiia Gorash Ukraine From: Cameron Shorter

Nadiia has been a user of OSGeo applications (with PostGIS and QGIS) and has been actively been giving back to the OSGeo community by translating OSGeo-Live documentation to Russian.

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37 Pirmin_Kalberer Switzerland From: Cameron Shorter

I have known Pirmin through his very active role on the OSGeo-Live, where he has taken on the responsibility of packaging and supporting documentation for many Open Source GIS applications, including QGIS Server, TinyOWS, osgEarth and QGIS additions.

He has also been involved across a range of projects, including QGIS, GDAL, OGR, Mapfish, MapLayers, Mapserver, TinyOWS, osgEarth, GIS-Knoppix, as well as with UbuntuGIS.

More about his experience is at[1]

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Pirmin_Kalberer
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38 Silvia Franceschi Italy From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my pleasure to nominate Silvia Franceschi[1] [2] for OSGeo Charter membership. Active contributor to several FOSS4G projects and also international community particulatrly in Africa. She is a co-founder of HydroloGIS where she develops and uses JGrassTools, uDig, Geopaparazzi for practical applications. Her commitment and passion for all-things-FOSS4G is second to none.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Silvia_franceschi
  2. https://sites.google.com/a/hydrologis.com/hydrologis-environmental-engineering-en/azienda
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39 Simone Dalmasso Italy From: Angelos Tzotsos

Simone Dalmasso is active in developing Open Source Geographic applications since 2007, in 2010 he got his Ph.D. in geomatics engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and ITHACA where he released the Extreme Rainfall Detection System. He started developing on GeoNode in 2010 and became GeoNode core developer in 2011. From 2011 he moved to Rome at the UN World Food Programme (WFP) where he deployed the first WFP GeoNode instance. From 2013 he works at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre as responsible for the geographic open source web projects of the Institute for the Security and Protection of the Citizen - Geospatial Emergency Management Action.

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40 Toshikazu Seto Japan From: Cameron Shorter

I know Toshikazu through OSGeo-Live, where he has been active in the translation of documentation to Japanese. I understand that he has also been very active in OSGeo-Japan, where he has been a board member since its start. More details in his OSGeo Advocate profile[1]

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate#Toshikazu_Seto
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41 Carolina Arias Italy From: Maria Brovelli

Carolina has a BS degree in Environmental Engineering from Medellin University (Colombia) and a MS degree in Master of Science in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, were she started the use and promotion of Free and Open source software like Geoserver, istSOS, 52° North, Quantum GIS, OpenLayers and Geonode. She is a Associate professor in San Buenaventura University in Colombia since 2007, working and teaching on the fields of environmental planning and Geographical Information Systems. Since November 2013 is a PhD student at the Hydroinformatics Lab[1] Politecnico di Milano. Research activity is focused on Spatial Data Infrastructures and geospatial web services, using Free and Open source software specially for water resources management data.

  1. http://hydroinformatics.polimi.it/
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42 Christos Iosifidis Greece From: Cameron Shorter

I know Christos from how he has been involved in translating OSGeo-Live documentation to Greek. He has also been a user and teacher of OSGeo software. More details about him are explained at[1]

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate#Christos_.27Chiossif.27_Iosifidis
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43 Ariel Nuñez Colombia From: Tom Kralidis

Ariel is an electronic engineer with experience in sensor networks and software development. He has contributed to many open source software projects centered around web development and GIS. His work in disaster risk reduction centers around the use of open source geospatial tools to improve resilience to natural hazards. He is doing a masters degree on Electronic Engineering and his research involves finding abnormal patterns using computer vision and machine learning.

Ariel's contributions to OSGeo Live, pycsw, OWSiLib, Orfeo Toolbox, development on the InaSAFE QGIS plugin as well as his leadership within the GeoNode [1] project demonstrate his excellence in integrating numerous diverse open source (spatial and non-spatial) technologies in support of humanitarian and open data efforts.

  1. http://geonode.org
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44 Darrell Fuhirman United States From: Eli L Adam

Darrell Fuhirman is chairing FOSS4G 2014. His monumental efforts for this alone demonstrate his support for the OSGeo mission. Additionally Darrell has taught PostGIS classes at Portland State University. He often provides hosting for PDX-OSGeo meetings and has been involved with PDX-OSGeo for many years. Darrell's get-stuff-done approach produces results.

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45 Paul Meems Netherlands From: Cameron Shorter

I'd like to nominate Paul Meems for OSGeo Charter Membership. I know Paul as someone who has been very helpful in MapWindow onto the OSGeoLive, and writing the OSGeoLive documentation for the project. Further, as you can see from his OSGeo Advocate profile, he has been actively advocating MapWindow and other Open Source GIS applications at conferences, as well as translating documentation for many years now. As such, I think Paul would make an excellent addition to our Charter Membership.

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46 Patricio Soriano Spain From: Jorge Sanz

It's my pleasure to nominate Patricio Soriano for the OSGeo Charter Membership. Patricio[1][2] is the force behind one of the most active micro chapters efforts in Spain: Geoinquietos Córdoba[3]. He is a consultant on geomatics, mainly focused on heritage conservation, lecturer and an amazing advocate of FOSS4G and Open Data (mainly OSM). He usually writes in Spanish in two geospatial blogs[4][5]. I really think he would be a great asset for OSGeo.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Pasoriano
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/patriciosorianocastro/en
  3. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Category:Geoinquietos_C%C3%B3rdoba
  4. http://cordopolis.es/des-coordenado/
  5. http://sigdeletras.com/
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47 Václav Petras Czech Republic From: Martin Landa

it is my pleasure to nominate Vaclav Petras [1] for OSGeo Charter membership. Vaclav started to actively contribute to the GRASS project during his studies at the Czech Technical University in Prague where I met him as the lecturer. Vaclav together with his colleague Anna Petrasova (formerly Kratochvilova) formed an excellent micro-team. They are eg. authors of QGIS plugin for working with Czech cadastral data. Vaclav is also author of several GRASS modules, he is currently working on "Testing framework for GRASS GIS" within Google Summer of Code project. He is studying for his PhD at NCSU under supervision of Helena Mitasova. I am sure that the OSGeo will profit from him being a future charter member.

  1. https://sites.google.com/a/ncsu.edu/vaclav-petras/
  2. https://www.openhub.net/p/grass_gis/contributors/15745350675372
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48 Ionuț Iosifescu Switzerland From: Vasile Craciunescu

I'd like to nominate Ionuț Iosifescu[1] for charter membership in OSGeo. Ionuț is a senior researcher at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation at ETH Zurich - Switzerland and an active advocate of FOSS4G for many years. He contributed to projects like QGIS and QGIS MapServer. I would also like to remember that he did some important scientific contributions in the field of Cartographic Web Services [2] and FOSS4G promotion for education and research by setting up the Open Source Geospatial Laboratory at ETH Zurich[3] (part of ICA-OSGeo network).

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Ionut
  2. http://e-collection.library.ethz.ch/eserv/eth:4541/eth-4541-02.pdf
  3. http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/osgl/index.html
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49 Andreea Marin Romania From: Markus Neteler

It is my pleasure to nominate Andreea Marin for OSGeo Charter Membership. Andreea has just earned her Master's degree in GIS at the University of Bucharest (Romania); now planning to pursue a PhD in geography. I first meet Andreea during the FOSS4G-CEE 2013 conference in Bucharest, where I learned about her dedicated work within the Romanian OSGeo Local Chapter. She has been actively involved in the Romanian Local Chapter's workshops and seminars for several years, most visible with contributions as a GRASS GIS trainer, strong supporter, software translator and promoter.

Given her passion for the academic environment, Andreea has strongly pushed forward the first Romanian ICA-OSGeo Lab[1].

Although Andreea is not a "hardcore" FOSS developer, her devotion to the OSGeo principles and her continuous work in promoting and supporting FOSS4G in the Romanian geospatial community should be recognized and appreciated.

  1. http://www.geoforall.org/locations/
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50 Anna Petrasova Czech Republic From: Martin Landa

It is my pleasure to nominate Anna Petrasova [1][2] for OSGeo Charter membership. Anna started to actively contribute to the GRASS project during her studies at the Czech Technical University in Prague where I met her as the lecturer. She quickly joined the GRASS development team and became a core developer with excellent results. She also participated in Google Summer of Code project, in years 2014 and 2011. Currently she is studying for her PhD at NCSU under supervision of Helena Mitasova. I am sure that the OSGeo will profit from her being a future charter member.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Anna_Petrasova
  2. https://sites.google.com/a/ncsu.edu/anna-petrasova/
  3. https://www.openhub.net/p/grass_gis/contributors/15745350675371
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51 Luciene Delzari Brazil From: Suchith Anand

Dr Luciene Delazari[1] is assistant professor in Cartography and GIS at the Federal University of Parana, Brazil. Over the years Luciene taught many courses in Cartography and GIS, both at undergraduate and graduate level. She gave guest lectures, tutorials and courses at universities and conferences in many cities around Brazil. She is leading Cartography and GIS research at Geodetic Science Program and published over 20 journal papers in this field. Her research interests and publications are in cartographic visualisation, interface design for cartographic products and automated cartographic design. Luciene is the cochair of the Geospatial IG of the Research Data Alliance[2] and also is coeditor for Special issue is on "Open Geospatial Science and Applications" of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.Her details are at [3].

Luciene has provided us huge support in our education efforts esp in establishing Open Source Geospatial Labs in Brazil and now is actively helping and supporting colleagues in other universities in Brazil and across South America to start Open Source Geospatial Labs in their universities.

I also had the opportunity of working with her when she visited Nottingham University for a one year visiting research fellowship. During her time at Nottingham, she actively contributed to "Geo for All" initiative and also helped build many collaborations in Open GIS. She also is supervising a Google Summer of Code student in schematisation plugin for QGIS . Now back in her university in Brazil, i am sure she will further build more momentum for OSGeo's education activities there.

I believe Luciene Delzari will be an excellent OSGeo charter member and will help in further building up our global strength. Thanks.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Lu_delazari
  2. https://rd-alliance.org/group/geospatial-ig.html
  3. http://people.ufpr.br/~luciene/site.htm
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52 Dan Little United States From: Bob Basques

I would like to nominate Dan (Ducky) Little. I've worked with him over the years on many projects, and he's a staunch advocate of Open Source software. He was instrumental in Open Sourcing the GeoMOOSE project and continues to develop and use Open Source tools.

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53 Miguel Ángel Blanco Argentina From: Jorge Sanz

It's my pleasure to nominate Miguel Ángel Blanco for the OSGeo Charter Member elections. Miguel Ángel is lieutenant-colonel of the Argentine army, in charge of the GNU Linuxmil project[1] and member of the Argentine Free Software association (SOLAR)[2]. He has been supporting free software for many years, presenting the migration efforts at Argentine army in many international conferences. Over the years he's being coordinating the GIS of the American Armies Conference (CEA)[3] using OSGeo Live and many other FOSS projects. Similarly, he's conducting a GIS based on FOSS4G projects like Ushahidi for the Department of Military Emergency Coordination[4]. Finally he was part of the team of FOSS4G Buenos Aires 2013 and this year State of The Map, also in Buenos Aires.

  1. http://www.linuxmil.org.ar/
  2. http://www.solar.org.ar/
  3. https://sig.sytes.net/
  4. https://scmae.sytes.net/
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54 David Percy United States From: Eli L Adam

David Percy ("Percy") is involved with so many different aspects of open source geospatial in the PDX area that I can't cover it all and he probably can't even remember it all. He's been doing this longer than the seven years I've know him but I will cover that period.

Percy uses and teaches open source geospatial at Portland State University. Much of his work focuses on geological issues. He has also been involved with international geologic standards, software and mapping and he includes open source geospatial in those as well. Percy has been the center of various open source geospatial organizational efforts locally. Percy organized the PDX-OSGeo chapter for many years. He also has developed open source tracks in local GIS conferences. He is also the contact for the ICA-OSGeo lab at Portland State University.

  1. http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/template/NamlServlet.jtp?macro=user_nodes&user=190999
  2. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Percyd
  3. http://www.slidefinder.net/m/mapserver/32418793
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55 Tanya Haddad United States From: Eli L Adam

I'm happy to nominate a long time cornerstone of OSGeo activities in the PDX region and wider coastal discipline, Tanya Haddad.

Tanya Haddad is a local user and supporter of open source geospatial. Tanya is also a key connector of people both locally and nationally (especially in the catalog, metadata, and coastal contexts). Tanya works in State government in the Oregon Coastal Management Program and has successfully deployed open source solutions for web mapping and reporting (MapServer, GeoNetwork, PostGIS, ka-Map!, OpenLayers and others).

Tanya is a long time and effective open data advocate.

Tanya has also organized PDX-OSGeo for many years and continues to welcome and mentor new members and leaders in PDX-OSGeo. She is a key contributor to the FOSS4G LOC. Tanya's well reasoned thought process and emails and patient interactions are a benefit to any endeavor she undertakes.

  1. http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/template/NamlServlet.jtp?macro=user_nodes&user=194697
  2. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tanya-c-haddad/9/54b/3a6
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56 Nimalika Fernando Sri Lanka From: Anne Ghisla

It is my pleasure to nominate Nimalika Fernando [1], from Sri Lanka, for Charter membership.

Nimalika is attached to Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) [2] and initiated the Institute's ICA-OSGeo Lab, named OSGeoSLIIT [3,4], that strongly focuses on free and open source software. In March 2014 she was instrumental in organising the first FOSS4G event in Sri Lanka [5],which was a success, with 60 participants including students from several Sri Lankan universities [6].

Yann Chemin introduced me to Nimalika when I visited Sri Lanka early this year, and I have soon been impressed by her enthusiasm and proactivity in spreading open source GIS, especially in education. I believe that her contribution in teaching is crucial to the future of OSGeo, as it connects the international experts in the field with young generation in Sri Lanka, where open source GIS can make a very positive impact.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Nimalika
  2. SLIIT academic staff page http://www.sliit.lk/academic-staff/
  3. OSGeoSLIIT http://osgeolab.sliit.lk/
  4. OSGeoSLIIT inauguration in February 2014 http://www.osgeo.org/node/1430
  5. FOSS4G Sri Lanka http://foss4gsrilanka.lk
  6. FOSS4G Sri Lanka summary: http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/srilanka/2014-February/000023.html
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57 Jim Klassen United States From: Bob Basques

I would like to nominate Jim Klassen as a Charter member. He's been instrumental over the years in promoting OpenSource software whenever he's been involved in a project and will help the community for years to come.

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58 Vivien Deparday France From: Tim Sutton

Motivation: Vivien is an Open Source GIS advocate working for the WorldBank involved heavily with humanitarian work where he uses FOSSGIS products including QGIS to train disaster relief workers in techniques for the mitigation of disasters. He is a great ambassador for OSGEO and exposes many new people to FOSSGIS tools each year through his work. I hereby nominate him for charter member status.

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59 Nikos Alexandris Greece From: Dimitris Kotzinos

Nikos has been a long advocate of Open Source GIS and OSGEO [1] and has been one very active person in supporting both since 2007 (and we know him since). He actually sees OSGEO as the means to actively cultivating a technologically advanced and socially aware geospatial way of thinking and acting. He has been actively involved in pushing Open Source GIS and OSGEO in both academic and industry-oriented settings and his passion has taken him recently from Greece up to India (TERI and Kurukshetra Universities) in order to promote specifically GRASS-GIS. He has participated in community sprints for GRASS-GIS, in the translation of the OSGEO web site to Greek and has been very active in the OSGEO Greek Chapter and the Greek Open Source community in general, especially by having participated in numerous events in Greece about Open Source in general and Open Source GIS specifically and has been interviewed about this for magazines. You can find more about Nikos at [2]. We think that Nikos gathers all the required qualities specified in the OSGEO nomination pages for a charter member.

Dimitris, as the founder of the Greek OSGEO Chapter, considers Nikos a valuable member of the OSGEO Greek Chapter and OSGEO in general and as OSGEO Charter Members we both think that Nikos' passion and dynamism will bring a lot of energy to OSGEO and that he carries all the necessary qualities to serve OSGEO from many different positions.

  1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Nikos_Alexandris
  2. http://nikosalexandris.net/xpress/cv/
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60 Jose Santos Portugal From: Cameron Shorter

I'd like to nominate José Pedro Santos for OSGeo Charter membership. I know him through his contributions for translating OSGeo-Live documentation to Portuguese. He has also been active in the Portuguese OSGeo Chapter.

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61 Olivier Courtin France From: Even Rouault

I'd like to nominate Olivier Courtin, from France, for OSGeo charter membership.

Olivier is in the MapServer PSC as the creator of TinyOWS, the WFS-T capable component of the MapServer Suite. He is also a commiter of PostGIS where has worked on import/export functions, and is busy with the R&D around the 3D functions of PostGIS (SFCGAL backend).

You may have meet him at various OSGeo related events, code sprints or conferences, where he regularly gives talks about his work.

Olivier took part to the organization team of the first FOSS4G-FR this year.

Olivier co-founded Oslandia in 2009 with Vincent Picavet, providing services around FOSS4G and focusing on quality and innovation for opensource GIS.

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62 Chris Helm United States From: Andrew Turner

Chris has developed and promoted open source JavaScript geo tools for years. He started by introducing OSGeo to the US NREL and then building GeoCommons. He builds numerous open source visualization libraries in OpenLayers and Leaflet and recently started the Koop open source data api converter. Chris is a frequent speaker to OSGeo and OSM events and runs the JS.Geo conference.

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63 Chaitanya Kumar India From: KS Rajan

I would like to nominate Chaitanya Kumar, an Open source developer/programmer, who is an active member of OSGeo-India Chapter and contributed to GDAL maintenance. In the last couple of years, he has been actively sharing his technical knowledge at various FOSS4G training programmes conducted in India, has been a GSoC mentor and developing solutions. Chaitanya's profile can be seen at [1]

  1. http://in.linkedin.com/in/chaitanyakumarch
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64 Kristin Bott United States From: Eli L Adam

Kristin Bott is a relative new arrival to PDX-OSGeo and has approached FOSS4G with such enthusiasm and dedication and adapted her relevant background experience to FOSS4G/OSGeo that she rapidly became a key contributor to the FOSS4G LOC. She has also brought new ideas to the group and been willing to articulately share them.

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