New Member Nominations 2017

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The Charter Member nomination (part of the Election 2017) will be open from 2017-08-21 to 2017-09-07. The list of nominees for the 2017 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
  • Also, you might want to reference their OSGeo Advocate profile.

Note for admins: simple script to scrape 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 Second Thread
1 Arne Schubert Germany From: Astrid Emde

I would like to nominate Arne Schubert for OSGeo charter membership. Arne is active in the Mapbender Project & in the YAGA Development Team. He was involved in FOSSGIS events and organized the OSGeo & OSM Subconference at FrOSCon last week. He is a great value for OSGeo, FOSSGIS and FOSS4G. He may get involved in GSoC next year and get involved in OGC Specs. And one thing I do not want to keep secret is that he talks about Docker every day :).

Gérald Fenoy, Margherita Di Leo, Christian Mayer, Vicky Vergara, Venkatesh Raghavan, Luca Delucchi thread


2 Tom Chadwin UK From: Jo Cook

I would like to nominate Tom Chadwin as a charter member of OSGeo. Tom is the author of QGIS2Web (https://github.com/tomchadwin/qgis2web), which is any incredibly valuable tool, key in enabling a lot of new people to get involved with open source web mapping. Tom is also an extremely valuable member of the OSGeo community in the UK, successfully promoting open source geospatial use in his National Park Authority and beyond.

Moritz Lennert, Sandro Santilli, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Matthias Kuhn, Maëlle Vercauteren, Luigi Pirelli, Borys Jurgiel thread
3 Torben Barsballe Canada From: Jody Garnett

Torben Barsballe [1] is an amazing addition to the Java Tribe, in just a few short years Torben is one of the top committers[2] on the GeoServer project! Torben a dedicated and professional member of our community reviewing pull-requests, participating in code sprints, and taking lead on the occasional monthly release. His dedication shows - even going so far as to attending the bi-weekly PSC meetings (despite not having a vote.). Torben is an advocate for open source, speaking at local Victoria GeoGeek events, regional foss4g-na events, and two global foss4g evetns. Torben is a kind instructor offering workshops at the local University of Victoria, and at the gloabl foss4g events. For foss4g 2017 he painstakingly reviewed the OSGeo brochure, manning the OSGeo booth answering questions, and helping new contributors during the code sprint. It is a pleasure to honour such a wonderful member of our community with this nomination.

Kevin Smith, Ian Turton, Luigi Pirelli thread
4 Jorge Samuel Mendes de Jesus Portugal/Netherlands? From: Gerald Fenoy, Jachym Cepicky

It is a great honor for me to nominate Jorge Samuel Mendes de Jesus. Jorge is active and recognized for his work for years in the world of FOSS4G. He is currently working at Geocat and is involved in various Open Source ProjectS, amongst them the famous GeoNetwork and PyWPS. Jorge is someone with a clear vision and positive thinking. Jorge attends the FOSS4G on a regular manner and often make presentation and workshop there. I have faith in Jorge and feel that he is someone representative and that will be of big benefit for OSGeo.

--Gérald Fenoy

I would like to nominate Jorge Mendes de Jesus as new OSGeo charter member. Jorge is long time FOSS4G contributor and member of PyWPS PSC.

--Jachym Cepicky

Marc Vloemans, Pedro Pereira, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Aurelio Pires, Nicolas Bozon, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Just van den Broecke, Angelos Tzotsos, Luí­s Moreira de Sousa, Jorge Sanz, Pedro Venâncio, Venkatesh Raghavan, Luca Delucchi thread
5 Rémi Cresson France From: Gerald Fenoy

I would like to nominate Rémi Cresson for OSGeo Charter Membership. Rémi works at IRSTEA (french National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) and is involved in various Open Source projects and provide his inputs on many mailing lists. He is an active member of the OrfeoToolBox PSC and accessorily, he has a ZOO-Project developper account. In his activities, he has proven many his value as a developper or to provide his vision on how to handle an Open Source project properly. He has attended many time the OTB Hack Fest over the year and also FOSS4G. He is actively promoting use of Open Source in his research center and abroad. I am sure that Rémi will be a great addition to our Charter Member list.

Nicolas Bozon, Markus Neteler, Venkatesh Raghavan thread


6 Veronica Andreo Argentina From: Moritz Lennert

I would like to nominate Veronica Andreo as charter member. Veronica is a very active member of the GRASS GIS community and provides very valuable work in documentation, bug fixing, user support, etc. She is also very active diffusing OSGeo/FOSS4G principles through conferences, workshops, and other forms of training.

Markus Neteler, Helmut Kudrnovsky, Silvia Franceschi, Astrid Emde, Margherita Di Leo, Jachym Cepicky, Marco Minghini, Martin Landa, Nikos Alexandris, Nicolas Bozon, Codrina Maria Ilie, Anna Petrášová, Mauricio Miranda, Angelos Tzotsos, Venkatesh Raghavan, Luca Delucchi thread


7 Eva Jelínková Czech Republic From: Jachym Cepicky

I would like to nominate Eva Jelínková as new OSGeo charter member. Eva is long time experienced FOSS4G power user and advocate. She helping us, to get our software work better.

Markus Neteler, Luí­s Moreira de Sousa, Luca Delucchi thread
8 Micah Wengren USA From: Tom Kralidis

I would like to nominate Micah Wengren [1] for OSGeo Charter Membership. Micah is with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has been a proponent of open source at NOAA (GeoNode, GeoServer) since 2007. He has been a core committer to the GeoNode project since 2014. More recently, he has been active in the open data community, deploying, developing, and supporting open source software for data discovery within NOAA and in supporting other US Federal agencies through implementation of the Federal GeoCloud interagency pilot project from 2012 to 2015. Currently he contributes to the open source software ecosystem of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) [2] to publish ocean observations and forecast products for US coastal waters. Micah would be an asset to OSGeo charter membership given his background and interest in FOSS4G.

Angelos Tzotsos, Michael Smith, Simone Dalmasso thread
9 Rafael Moreno-Sanchez USA From: Suchith Anand

It is my pleasure to nominate Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez, from USA, as an OSGeo Charter Member. Rafael is working at the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, USA [1]. Rafael is also very active contributor in the OSGeo’s GeoForAll initiative . Rafael Moreno led the effort to establish the FOSS4G lab which opened in 2014 in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado , USA to fulfill a growing demand for education, research and service in Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial applications (FOSS4G) development and applications by citizens, businesses, governments, educators, students, researchers and geospatial working professionals in the Front Range of Colorado and beyond at University of Colorado Denver and constantly assisting educators and students. Rafael also initiated and leads the GeoForAll's "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series [2]. These webinars (and recordings) are viewed by hundreds of people around the world and helped us to spread the ideas and philosophy of Openness in GeoEducation and Research. We are very grateful for his contributions and help. Thank you Rafael for accepting my request for nomination and for your contributions to our community.

Maria Antonia Brovell, Massimiliano Cannata, Andy Anderson, Marco Minghini, Serena Coetze, Doug Newcomb, Sergio Acostaylara, Venkatesh Raghavan thread
10 Patrick Hogan USA From: Suchith Anand

It is my pleasure to nominate Patrick Hogan (USA) as an OSGeo Charter Member. Patrick Hogan [1] works for NASA, USA. Patrick is also very active contributor in the OSGeo’s Geo For All initiative . He along with Chris Pettit leads the OpenCitySmart thematic [2] of GeoForAll . This initiative helped us bring together key colleagues and students from around the world to work on innovative ideas and solutions specific to urban management for the benefit of all. We are especially grateful for Patrick’s efforts (in coordination with Maria Brovelli) in creating the NASA Europa Challenge initiative [3] which adds great momentum to our efforts to promote openness in education and research worldwide. We are very grateful for his contributions and help. Thank you Patrick for accepting my request for nomination and for your contributions to our community.

Margherita Di Leo, Marco Minghini, Andy Anderson, Angelos Tzotsos, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Siki Zoltan, Sergio Acostaylara, Massimiliano Cannata, Sanghee Shin, Doug Newcomb, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Luí­s Moreira de Sousa, Jorge Sanz, Venkatesh Raghavan, Dirk Frigne thread


11 Mark Iliffe UK From: Maria Antonia Brovelli

I want to nominate Mark Iliffe as charter member of OSGeo. Mark has a lot of experience both as researcher and as a consultant of important organizations, like World Bank. His main activities have been in coordinating mapping in developing countries examining the emergent phenomenon of community mapping and volunteered. Das Ramani Huria, one of the project which has been seeing him involved as a main actor, is considered as a best practice for developing (and probably could also be for developed) countries. He is also invited delegate to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN GGIM) as an expert on Volunteered Geographic Information and geography in emerging countries. He organised the 2013 FOSS4G Conference as a member of the local organising committee and is one of the two chairs of FOSS4G 2018 in Dar Es Salaam. OSGeo will greatly benefit of the presence of Mark in our community.

Andy Anderson, Marc Vloemans, Simone Dalmasso, Suchith Anand, Serena Coetzee, Paolo Corti thread
12 Barry Rowlingson UK From: Ian Turton

I would like to nominate Barry Rowlingson for charter membership, Barry is a university researcher and teacher who has supported OSGeo for many years including being part of the LOC for the Nottingham FOSS4G conference. He is also active on gis.stackexchange and twitter answering questions on spatial R.

Jorge Sanz, Suchith Anand, Helmut Kudrnovsky, Margherita Di Leo, Gérald Fenoy, Werner Macho, Angelos Tzotsos, Borys Jurgiel thread


13 Simon Miles UK From: Ian Turton

I would like to nominate Simon Miles for charter membership. Simon works in local government in the UK and has been one of the leaders in this community in moving from proprietary to open GIS systems. He also runs the local QGIS user group in his spare time.

Jo Cook thread
14 Paulo van Breugel Netherlands? From: Moritz Lennert

I would like to nominate Paulo van Breugel for charter membership. Paulo has been an active developer in the GRASS GIS community, developing many useful addons, and has also been a continuous advocate and documenter of FOSS4G solutions, notably via his blog https://pvanb.wordpress.com/ and in the course of his academic work.

Markus Neteler, Helmut Kudrnovsky, Luca Delucchi, Nikos Alexandris, Margherita Di Leo, Anna Kratochvílová thread
15 Msilikale Msilanga Tanzania From: Maria Antonia Brovelli

I'm honored of nominating Msilikale Msilanga as OSGeo Charter Member. He is consulting the World Bank on Transportation and ICT by collecting in Tanzania geospatial information on transportation, education, and public facilities and by training the government on Open Data. He has a huge experience in community based projects (using FOSS) for flooding resilience in informal settlements. He has been working with the local community since 2011 helping them to understand how to use the mapping equipment for collaborative projects. After the experience in Tanzania, he also helped the creation of the first community mapping in Mozambique. Moreover, Msilikale is one of the two chairs of FOSS4G 2018 in Dar Er Salaam. I believe that his experience on collaborative mapping is fundamental for our OSGeo Community.

Andy Anderson, Serena Coetzee, Simone Dalmasso, Victoria Rautenbach thread
16 Guido Stein USA From: Sara Safavi, Michael Smith

I would like to nominate Guido Stein for OSGeo Charter Membership. Many met Guido for the first time at FOSS4G in Boston, where he co-chaired this record-breaking conference. However Guido has been a force of nature in the geospatial community for over a decade, and those of us who know him were not surprised to see his leadership help FOSS4G 2017 achieve such great success. Guido is a passionate leader & speaker, and a tremendous asset to our community.

-- Sara Safavi

I would like to nominate Guido Stein for OSGeo Charter membership. As most people should know, Guido was co-chair of the Boston LOC for 2017. And, as was expected, he did an amazing job. The conference was a complete success and Guido's touches were everywhere, with the detail and effort that he puts into things. He is currently working efforts to establish a US local chapter of OSGeo. He is a valuable member of the community and he should be recognized as a charter member.

-- Michael Smith

Adam Steer, James Klassen, Andy Anderson, Sanghee Shin, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Simone Dalmasso, Paolo Corti, Dirk Frigne, Till Adams, Astrid Emde, Marc Vloemans, Vicky Vergara, Bob Basques, Angelos Tzotsos, Venkatesh Raghavan thread
17 Bart van den Eijnden Netherlands From: Angelos Tzotsos

I would like to nominate Bart van den Eijnden to return to his charter member status. Bart is a valuable member of the OSGeo family, has served as a Board member in the past and I am honored to propose his return.

Jachym Cepicky, Simone Dalmasso, Tom Kralidis, Kevin Smith, Venkatesh Raghavan, María Arias de Reyna, Sanghee Shin, Dirk Frigne, Luigi Pirelli, Massimiliano Cannata, Paolo Corti, Luí­s Moreira de Sousa, Luca Delucchi thread
18 Joana Simões Portugal From: María Arias de Reyna

I want to nominate Joana Simões. Joana is already a member of the OSGeo Pt board. She is a free software advocator and very active on all kind of activities around OSGeo and FOSS4G. She is currently working both for QGIS and GeoNetwork among many other OSGeo software..

Pedro Pereira, Marc Vloemans, Luigi Pirelli, Alexander Bruy, Aurelio Pires, Matthias Kuhn, Alexandre Neto, Jorge Sanz, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Pedro Venâncio, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Jacinto Estima, Mateusz Loskot, Angelos Tzotsos, Luí­s Moreira de Sousa, Borys Jurgiel thread
19 Gretchen Peterson USA From: Sara Safavi

I would like to nominate Gretchen Peterson for OSGeo Charter Membership. Gretchen is a cartographer, author, and educator whose contributions to the community have impacted many of us - speaking personally, I can say that everything I know about designing good maps in QGIS, I learned from Gretchen. Most recently, Gretchen is co-author of the book "QGIS Map Design".

Jody Garnett, Andy Anderson, Codrina Maria Ilie, Kristin Bott, , Kevin Smith thread
20 Nikos Lambrinos Greece From: Suchith Anand

It is my pleasure to nominate Nikos Lambrinos (Greece) as OSGeo Charter Member. Nikos is a Professor of Geography Teaching and Director of Digital Analysis and Educational Design Laboratory at the Faculty of Education , School of Primary Education, Dept. of Science and New Technologies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Nikos has made huge contributions to OSGeo's Geo For All initiative and leads our Schools Thematic and actively helping educators and students worldwide in expanding geoeducation opportunities for all. Nikos initiated and is the Chief Editor of the GeoForAll monthly newsletters [1] , which has now established as one of the most powerful outreach instruments that we have to spread OSGeo and Open philosophy ideas in Geoeducation to new users every month. He also setup a amazing team of editors who are all contributing to make this possible by their tireless volunteer efforts. Thank you Nikos for accepting my request for nomination and for your contributions to our community.

Sergio Acostaylara, Daria Svidzinska, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Siki Zoltan, Angelos Tzotsos, Nikos Alexandris thread
21 Dražen Tutić Croatia From: Suchith Anand

It is my pleasure to nominate Dražen Tutić , from Croatia, as an OSGeo Charter Member. Dražen is extremely active in OSGeo in Croatia. Dražen is also very active in the Geo For All initiative, and setup the First Open Source Geospatial Laboratory in Croatia at University of Zagreb [1] [2] and constantly assisting educators and students. Dražen's knowledge and work covers a wide spectrum from Free and Open software to Open Data, and he is constantly teaching, mentoring and helping students and community members. Thank you Dražen for accepting my request for nomination and for your contributions to our community.

Sergio Acostaylara, Daria Svidzinska thread
22 Luca Congedo Italy From: Angelos Tzotsos

I would like to propose Luca Congedo for OSGeo charter membership. Luca is the author of one of the most popular QGIS plugins: https://fromgistors.blogspot.com/p/semi-automatic-classification-plugin.html with a great contribution to FOSS4G.

Daria Svidzinska, Pedro Venâncio thread


23 Tõnis Kärdi Estonia From: Astrid Emde

I would like to nominate Tõnis Kärdi from Estonia for OSGeo charter membership. Tönis was present at FOSS4G 2016 and FOSS4G Europe 2017 and it was great to discuss with him. He gave talks on FOSS4G Europe and was involved in the code sprint. And he has now the chance to create an Estonian OSGeo Local Chapter and build up a great local community. Tõnis has been active in the geo field for approximately 15 years but is a relative newcomer to the world of OSGeo and works with open data and open source GIS solutions at his work at Estonian Ministry of Environment IT Center (KEMIT).

Markus Neteler, Asger Skovbo Petersen, Volker Mische, Codrina Maria Ilie, Hans Gregers Hedegaard Petersen, Luí­s Moreira de Sousa, Luca Delucchi thread
24 Manuel Grizonnet France From: Gerald Fenoy

It is pleasure for me to nominate Manuel Grizonnet [1] for OSGeo Charter Membership. Many people know very well Manuel for the huge activities he is leading for years in OSGeo. Manuel is involved in the development team and is PSC member of the OrfeoToolbox that has been successfully incubated this year. Manuel is also taking part in the organisation of the OTB HackFest each year where the OTB community can meet. Other communities can join too and are very welcome at this event, I got the luck to participate in such a kind of event and I have to say that I was amazed by the great work they do there. During the hack fest, users and developers meet to share their use cases of the software, discuss the next steps for the project, but also the issue they may face using this or that part of the project and so on. It is just a very nice and efficient way to have feedbacks from the community and to meet often. Manuel is very open to discussion even when, like I do, you have only question to ask him and not much to offer. I am confident that Manuel will be a great addition to the OSGeo Charter Members list.

Even Rouault, Alexander Bruy, Angelos Tzotsos, Nikos Alexandris, Rashad Kanavath thread
25 Cristina Domínguez Spain From: María Arias de Reyna

I want to nominate Cristina Domínguez. Cristina is a Technical Engineer in Topography. She started using gvSIG in 2010 and since then she has been a prominent user in many OSGeo software: qGIS, OpenLayers, Leaflet, GeoNetwork, GeoServer, postGIS,... She is an active OSM user since 2014. Cristina is also part of the GeoInquietos group in Sevilla and has participated and organizaed many local and regional geo events, usually related to foss and open data like mapping parties.

Jorge Sanz, Sandro Santilli thread
26 Rob Emanuele USA From: Doug Newcomb

Based on my positive experience working with Rob to organize the 2016 FOSS4GNA Conference and for his continuing work in open source geospatial software I would like to nominate Rob Emanuele to be an OSGeo Charter member.

Even Rouault, Marc Vloemans, Jody Garnett, Jeffrey Johnson, Michael Smith, Angelos Tzotsos thread
27 Anujit Vansarochana Thailand From: Sittichai Choosumrong

I would like to nominate Anujit Vansarochana as OSGeo chart member from Thailand. Anujit is very active on FOSS4G in Thailand. I have known him more than 10 years ago when I was studies in Naresun University and now we work together in Naresuan University as a lecturer, researcher.We do many project together using Open Source Software. I am sure he will continre to promote OSGeo.

Sarawut Ninsawat, Venkatesh Raghavan, Xianfeng Song, Kenya Tamura, Hayashi Hirofumi thread
28 Daniele Strigaro Italy From: Massimiliano Cannata

I'm pleased to nominate Daniele Strigaro for Charter Membership. Daniele is a young enthusiastic developer devoted to open source Geospatial. He successfully contributed to the GRASS and istSOS community. He developed GIS tools for flood risk, landslide susceptibility and glacier retreat analysis and he has been working on the implementation of the istSOS software. In addition, he experienced the web platforms development using the well-known Javascript libraries (Leaflet, Openlayer) and different OGC compliant open source software for data and map sharing.

Milan P. Antonovic, Gérald Fenoy, Venkatesh Raghavan, Mirko Cardoso, Nikos Alexandris thread
29 Jack Reed USA From: Peter Löwe

I have the great pleasure to nominate Jack Reed. Jack works as a geospatial web engineer on increasing access to geospatial data at the Stanford Libraries. A contributor to open-source software, Jack is active in the geospatial, library, and open data communities. He is co-founder of the GeoBlacklight and OpenGeoMetadata open source projects which aim to provide better geospatial data discovery tools and metadata sharing. Jack frequently attends FOSS4G conferences and was part of this years spontaneous BoF for data librarians at FOSS4G Boston. I believe Jack will be a very valuable charter member for OSGeo.

Venkatesh Raghavan, Maria Brovelli, Kristin Bott thread
30 Steven Ottens Netherlands From: Volker Mische

I'd like to nominate Steven Ottens as OSGeo Charter Member. He is a long time member of the community, founder and former board member of the OSGeo Dutch language chapter. He gave talks and workshops at several FOSS4Gs and also contributed to projects like OpenLayers, MapBuilder and MapQuery.

María Arias de Reyna, Sebastiaan Couwenberg, Gérald Fenoy, Massimiliano Cannata, Tom Kralidis, Till Adams, Jorge Sanz, Venkatesh Raghavan, Just van den Broecke, Marc Vloemans, Dirk Frigne thread
31 Rajat Shinde India From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my great pleasure to nominate Rajat Shinde as a new OSGeo Charter Member. He is a young researcher who has shown dedication and commitment to the OSGeo mission. He exclusively FOSS4G tools for his research and has contributed to ZOO-WPS and MapMint projects. He actively participates in FOSS4G events in Asia. He is currently participating in GSoC project and contributing his time and effort to improve FOSS4G tools. His enthusiasm in spreading the use of OSGeo software makes him an excellent choice for being an OPSGeo Charter Member.

Gérald Fenoy, Ravi Kumar, Massimiliano Cannata thread
32 Kampanart Piyathamrongchai Thailand From: Sittichai Choosumrong

I would like to nominate Kampanart Piyathamrongchai as OSGeo chart member from Thailand. I have known him more than 10 years ago when I was studies in Naresun University and now we work together in Naresuan University as a lecturer, researcher. We do many project together using Open Source Software. I am sure he will continue to promote OSGeo.

Venkatesh Raghavan, Xianfeng Song, Kenya Tamura, Hayashi Hirofumi thread
33 Bastian Drees Germany From: Astrid Emde

I would like to nominate Bastian Drees [1]. Bastian organizes the publishing of our conference recordings at TIB AV Portal [2]. These are recordings from FOSS4G [4], FOSSGIS [5], FROSCON [6] and other conferences and for example the GRASS video from 1987 spoken by William Shatner [7]. Bastian cares for the long term availability of OSGeo material, especially videos such as conference recordings but also research data or proceedings:

  • works on improving the discoverability and visibility of those materials and wants to make them citable and interlinkable
  • helps developing necessary infrastructures for these purposes based on the needs of the OSGeo community [3]
  • gives advice on publishing under open access licenses
  • works together with the organizing committees of different FOSS4G and FOSSGIS conferences on publishing conference recordings in the AV-Portal of TIB
  • helps us with our ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) [8].

Read the article "404: Video not found – The TIB AV-Portal stops scientific videos from disappearing" [9]. Read articles in Bastians blog about favorite highlights [10] & an interview with Till Adams after FOSS4G 2016 [10]. See a talk from Bastian about "OSGeo Konferenzaufzeichnungen im TIB AV-Portal" at FOSSGIS 2017 [12]. He finished his talk with the words based loosely on William Shatner[13]:

"So don’t keep your scientific videos, your simulations, your animations, your video tutorials and conference recordings rolled up in your private homepage or stuffed into commercial platforms. Keep it in the TIB AV-Portal!"

Would be great to have him in the team as OSGeo Charter Member.

Markus Neteler, Volker Mische, Till Adams thread
34 Vinayaraj Poliyapram Japan From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my great pleasure to nominate Vinayaraj Poliyapram (aka Vinay) as a Charter Member to OSGeo. He is a young researcher who has shown dedication and commitment to the OSGeo mission. He exclusively FOSS4G tools for his research and has contributed to GRASS and ZOO-Project. He actively participates in FOSS4G Events in Asia. He has conducted several workshops on GRASS, QGIS, ZOO-Project, Python programming and OGC Web Services. His enthusiasm in spreading the use of OSGeo software is second to none and he will serve well as a Charter Member for OSGeo.

Sittichai Choosumrong, Hayashi Hirofumi, Ravi Kumar, Yuichiro Nishimura, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Yoichi Seino, Luca Delucchi, Xianfeng Song, Kenya Tamura, Toru Mori, Nikos Alexandris thread
35 Nyall Dawson Australia From: Martin Dobias

Nyall is a great supporter of open source GIS and he is one of the leading developers in QGIS project. Within several years of involvement in QGIS community he has contributed an amazing range of new features, bug fixes and he is constantly improving the project with new ideas. Nyall runs a small consulting company called North Road (https://north-road.com/). You can follow him on github/twitter (@nyalldawson) and check out his mapping/QGIS blog at http://nyalldawson.net/

Matthias Kuhn, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Pedro Venâncio, Luigi Pirelli, Alexandre Neto, Angelos Tzotsos, Werner Macho, Luca Delucchi, Borys Jurgiel thread
36 Hae-Kyong Kang South Korea From: Sanghee Shin

I’d like to nominate Dr. Hae-Kyong Kang for charter membership of OSGeo. As a researcher in KRIHS(Korea Research Institute of Human Settlements), she has carried out many open source GIS projects and produced multiple fruitful results including OpenGDS. She is a leader of OpenGDS projects, which is partly being adopted in UN Open GIS Initiative. Also she has played a key role in UN Open GIS Initiative as a chair of Spiral 3. And she has put many efforts to spread the open source GIS in Asia region. I believe she will be a great asset to OSGeo.

Maria Antonia Brovelli, Massimiliano Cannata, Serena Coetzee, Kyu-sung Choi, Yoichi Seino, Venkatesh Raghavan, Hayashi Hirofumi thread
37 Rohit Reddy India From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my great pleasure to nominate Rohit Reddy [1] as a Charter Member to OSGeo. He is a young researcher who has shown dedication and commitment to the OSGeo mission. He is an active member of the OSGeo India Local Chapter. He was has participated of GSoC projects and contributed to pgRouting (OSGeo Community Project). He is currently servers as a mentor and will represent OSGeo at the GSoC Mentor Summit 2017. He conducts his R&D using FOSS4G tools. His keen interest in promoting and developing OSGeo software will makes him a great choice for nomination as Charter Member for OSGeo.

Vicky Vergara, K S Rajan, Margherita Di Leo thread
38 Mayte Toscano Spain From: María Arias de Reyna

Mayte is a free and open source advocator. She runs a geo company where she always tries to promote and extend free and open source software. She is an advanced user and developer for postGIS and qQGIS. She is a very active leader in local and regional geo groups and also very active promoting diversity in technology. Mayte is also highly involved in new technologies like virtual reality and how to make geo software more usable to newcomers.

Sara Safavi, Jorge Sanz thread


39 Daniele Oxoli Italy From: Maria Antonia Brovelli

I strongly support the nomination of Daniele Oxoli as a young enthusiast advocate of open source GIS software, promoting OSGeo and open source through his active participation as presenter (FOSS4G Como 2015, Paris 2017) as well as assistant of the local organizing committee during OSGeo events (FOSS4G Eu in Como 2015 and also Bonn 2016). I have known Daniele since years, starting from his master thesis, and he has always demonstrated tireless dedication to research and promotion of open source principles. He is currently employed as researcher and PhD student at Politecnico di Milano where he is continuing providing excellent solutions with FOSS4G as well as introducing undergraduate students to the use and philosophy of open source and open data (he is the Vice President of the PoliMappers Association). Moreover, he is also contributing in software development through the implementation of a QGIS plugin dedicated to spatial statistics (Hotspot Analysis). Please, welcome Daniele as an OSGeo Charter member.

Venkatesh Raghavan, Massimiliano Cannata, Monia Elisa Molinari, Marco Minghini thread
40 Niroshan Bandara Sri Lanka From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my great pleasure to nominate Niroshan Bandara [1]. as a new OSGeo Charter Member. He is a young researcher who has shown dedication and commitment to the OSGeo mission. He exclusively FOSS4G tools for his research and has contributed to ZOO-WPS and MapMint projects. He is one of the founders of the OSGeo-SL (SL-Sri Lanka) community. He actively participates in FOSS4G-Events in Asia and Europe, not only as a presenter but also conducts workshops on WPS, Mobile-GIS and Open Hardware. He is participating in GSoC projects since 2016 and contributing his time and effort to improve FOSS4G tools. His enthusiasm in spreading the use of OSGeo software makes him an excellent choice for being an OSGeo Charter Member.

Angelos Tzotsos, Nicolas Bozon, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Margherita Di Leo, Massimiliano Cannata, Hayashi Hirofumi, Yuichiro Nishimura, Yoichi Seino, Xianfeng Song, Kenya Tamura, Toru Mori thread
41 Natraj Vaddadi India From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my great pleasure to nominate Natraj Vaddadi [1] as a Charter Member to OSGeo. Although he is a late entrant to the OSGeo world, Natraj has been super active in promoting OSGeo technology and tools at educational institutions and non-profit organizations in India and Thailand. He has also participated in OSGeo events in India and Thailand and is mainly focused on technologies for field data collection. He is also working on preparing training documentation for OSGeo community projects (QGIS, ZOO-WPS etc). He also is doing indian language localization for geospatial software. He conducts his training using FOSS4G tools. His keen interest in promoting OSGeo software makes him a great candidate for nomination as Charter Member for OSGeo.

K S Rajan, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Sittichai Choosumrong, Gérald Fenoy, Ravi Kumar, Massimiliano Cannata, Hayashi Hirofumi, Daisuke Yoshida, Kenya Tamura thread
42 Michael Terner USA From: Sara Safavi , Regina Obe

I would like to nominate Michael Terner for OSGeo Charter Membership. I imagine I will not be the only person nominating Michael this year, but I would be remiss if I did not. Michael, of course, co-chaired FOSS4G 2017, and his leadership was an integral part of the event's massive success. Having known Mike for many years, I can speak personally to his passion for and dedication to growing the open source geospatial community.

--Sara Safavi

I would like to nominate Michael Ternier for OSGeo Charter Membership. Michael has been a strong supporter of OSGeo projects for a number of years. The company, AppGeo, which he co-founded has been using FOSS4G tools for a number of years and have been sponsors of several OSGeo events. He's given talks on building your product around FOSS4G software.

Just recently he was the Co-Chair of FOSS4G 2017 where he did much of the legwork of putting out the proposal, doing the budget, garnering funding from many sponsors (I think FOSS4G2017 hit a record on sponsorship), and also making everything come together.

He has something special that we are short on in OSGeo, and that is the ability to bring the conversation of FOSS4G to the business decision makers and how it can streamline their business processes.

--Regina Obe

Andy Anderson, Maria Brovelli, Venkatesh Raghavan, Sanghee Shin thread
43 Nicolas Roelandt France From: Angelos Tzotsos

I would like to nominate Nicolas Roelandt for OSGeo charter membership. Nicolas is one of the latest additions to the OSGeo-Live PSC and has a great future in FOSS4G. Nicolas was also a valuable member of the FOSS4G Europe 2017 LOC.

Astrid Emde, Margherita Di Leo, Vicky Vergara, Jachym Cepicky, Didier Richard, Hayashi Hirofumi, Venkatesh Raghavan thread
44 Juan Luis Rodríguez Ponce Spain From: María Arias de Reyna

I want to nominate Juan Luis Rodríguez Ponce. Juan Luis has been collaborating with GeoNetwork for three years already both as a developer and as a helper on the mailing list. He has participated in many local events regarding geoinquietos, a local group of gis interested people.He has also attended many FOSS4G conferences, some OSGeo codesprints and is also a FOSS user.

Volker Mische, Jorge Sanz thread
45 Rich Signell USA From: Tom Kralidis

I would like to nominate Dr. Rich Signell for OSGeo Charter Membership. Rich is a research oceanographer with the US Geological Survey and a strong longtime proponent of data sharing and standards. Rich's pragmatic approach and strong use of FOSS4G are evident in his numerous contributions to a variety of FOSS4G projects (pycsw, OWSLib, etc.). Also, his vision and focus on integration/chaining, reproducible workflows via Python notebooks and open process have greatly helped demonstrate and showcase capabilities of FOSS4G and standards in the ocean, atmospheric and climate modelling communities.

In closing, Rich is a believer (echo'ing nhv from awhile back) and would be a great asset to OSGeo as a charter member.

Angelos Tzotsos thread
46 Gowtham Gollapalle India From: Ravi Kumar

It is a pleasure to nominate Gowtham Gollapalle for OSGeo Charter. Gowtham has a company promoting Open Source GIS products of OSGeo. https://www.kaiinos.com/ He has his part in many projects of OSGeo India including mana-rajahmundry.org the 1st Open Geospatial Data website for society. He and his team has contributed to forwarding OSGeo aims in various forums including FOSS4G events of OSGeo India.

K S Rajan, Venkatesh Raghavan thread
47 Björn Harrtell Sweden From: Sandro Santilli

I would like to nominate Björn Harrtell for OSGeo charter membership. Björn is a PostGIS committer, contributor of OpenLayers, GeoTools and JTS, author of the JavaScript JTS port (http://bjornharrtell.github.io/jsts/). He recently setup and still takes care of the experimental OSGeo/GitLab server: http://bjornharrtell.github.io/jsts/; provides a Drone agent for the experimental OSGeo/Gogs CI (https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Drone). You might know him as `bj0rn[m]` on IRC.

Bart van den Eijnden, Christian Mayer thread
48 Markus Metz Germany From: Moritz Lennert

I would like to nominate Markus Metz for charter membership. Markus is very deeply involved in the core development of GRASS GIS and has done invaluable work for our code base. Citing everything he's done would be too long, but besides introducing many new modules and also significantly improving the internal libraries, he has done wonders in allowing GRASS GIS to work with very, very large amounts of data.

Venkatesh Raghavan, Helmut Kudrnovsky, Pedro Venâncio, Margherita Di Leo, Gérald Fenoy, Nikos Alexandris, Werner Macho, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Massimiliano Cannata, Angelos Tzotsos, Jachym Cepicky, Anna Petrášová, Doug Newcomb, Luca Delucchi, Rashad Kanavath thread
49 Khalifa Abacar Sarr Senegal From: Gerald Fenoy

I am glad to nominate Khalifa Abacar Sarr [1] for OSGeo Charter Member. Khalifa is very passionate and an active promoter of OSGeo in Senegal where he is leading various GIS initiatives targeting West Africa. He contributes to GIS system by providing solutions for waste management system at country level using Open Source softwares. Khalifa is in between business and research, indeed, despite he is now involved in a company he is still getting a lot of activities on his own to give courses at the university of Dakar and others. He likes very much keeping good relation with student and have them involved in the development of new application. He likes to create relation between people that know and people that search to learn to make them sharing their knowledge. I think that Khalifa can be areal asset for OSGeo.

Moritz Lennert, Maelle Vercauteren, Venkatesh Raghavan thread


50 Matt Walker UK From: Steven Feldman

I would like to nominate Matt Walker as a Charter Member of OSGeo. Matt has been active in the UK OSGeo chapter for many years now. He is the lead developer of the Loader tool that is used by most UK organisations to load Ordnance Survey data into PostGIS and has also contributed to other projects. Matt was a member of the FOSS4G 2013 LOC and coordinated the workshop programme for that event. He was also a member of the LOC for FOSS4G UK 2016. Matt is a committed open source person who is always willing to offer help to others. He would be an exemplary Charter Member.

Suchith Anand, Jo Cook, Jorge Sanz thread
51 Yamakawa Junji Japan From: Venkatesh Raghavan

It is my great pleasure to nominate Yamakawa Junji [1] as a Charter Member to OSGeo. Yamakawa-san is very active in the OSGeo.JP community and does great outreach by organizing workshops and lectures at diverse academic and business forums. His main focus in on geostatistics using various OSGeo tools in his teachings and research. His is committed to promoting OSGeo and will surely be an asset as a Charter Member.

Hayashi Hirofumi, Yuichiro Nishimura, Toshikazu Seto, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Yoichi Seino, Takayuki Nuimura, Kenya Tamura, Toru Mori, Go Yonezawa, Yoichi Kayama thread
52 Lyzi Diamond USA From: Sara Safavi

I would like to nominate Lyzi Diamond for OSGeo charter membership. Lyzi is an engineer and an educator, and a great contributor to the open source geo community on both fronts. With her work as co-founder of the international phenomenon, Maptime (maptime.io <http://maptime.io>), Lyzi gained recognition as a community leader dedicated to bringing cartography, geospatial technology, and mapping education to everyone. Since then she has continued to work towards making geo-related information more accessible to all. I often find myself referencing, and referring others, to Lyzi's blog posts, articles, tutorials, and talks as excellent resources.

María Arias de Reyna, Jachym Cepicky, Victoria Rautenbach, Kristin Bott thread
53 Aleda Freeman USA From: Sara Safavi

I would like to nominate Aleda Freeman for OSGeo Charter Membership. In addition to being a member of FOSS4G 2017's spectacular local organizing committee, Aleda has been an active member of the MA/Boston GIS community for over 20 years. As Web Services Manager at MassGIS Aleda was instrumental in making the agency's pivot from ESRI to GeoServer over a decade ago (and on a personal note, MassGIS's web portal was my first encounter with FOSS4G in use "in the wild", which had a significant impact on my younger self). Aleda is a devoted proponent of open source geo who puts a ton of effort & time into the community.

Andy Anderson, Kristin Bott, Kevin Smith thread
54 Narumasa Tsutsumida Japan From: Hirofumi Hayashi

Tsutsumida-san is very active in the OSGeo.JP community conducts research and education using Open Source Geospatial Software. He is also a resource persons at workshops and seminars organized by OSGeo.JP. He is deeply involved in promoting OSGeo and is a great candidate as a Charter Member.

Venkatesh Raghavan, Yuichiro Nishimura, Toshikazu Seto, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Yoichi Seino, Takayuki Nuimura, Go Yonezawa thread
55 Michele Tobias USA From: Kristin Bott

I am writing to nominate Michele Tobias for OSGeo Charter Membership. Michele is active in the development of FOSS4G software and open data projects, as the lead programmer on the Literature Mapper plugin for QGIS, the Data Curation Lead for the UC Davis Library’s American Viticulture Area boundary data creation project, and an active contributor to OpenDroneMap. She was a founding member of the OSGeo California chapter and is currently a *re*founding member of the QGIS US users group (in collaboration with Randall Hale and Kurt Menke).

Michele brings experience in many open source tools; in GIS (QGIS, GRASS, SAGA GIS), and a number of programming languages (R, Python, HTML, Leaflet), and database systems (SQLite, PostGRES, PostGIS, SpatiaLite), as well as cartography and graphic design (Inkscape), Photogrammetry & Aerial Photograph Interpretation, and Kite Aerial Photography.

A regular presenter and/or workshop leader at FOSS4G (2017, 2014, 2011) and FOSS4G-NA (2016, 2015) conferences, Michele also is active within the OSGeo California chapter, serving on the organizing committee for their annual meetings (2015, 2013, 2011) as well as presenting at same (2016, 2011). Michele also takes her open source geospatial work outside of OSGeo venues, leading workshops at local (UC Davis Library, Davis R User Group) and statewide (California GIS Conference 2015 + 2014; GIS Day 2014) venues.

Finally, the call for Charter Members "strive[s] to promote diversity". While the above qualifications are completely compelling in their own right, Michele is a woman working in education, research, and science -- not OSGeo's predominant demographic. Additionally, Michele is interested in improving the diversity of both OSGeo membership and conference attendance; by including her as a Charter Member, OSGeo gains the further commitment of someone who is both technically very strong and also committed to building a community that is more accessible to all.

Tanya Haddad, Alex Mandel, Sara Safavi, Andy Anderson, Kurt Menke thread
56 Gildas Jr Boko Benin From: Maelle Vercauteren

Gildas is very passionate and an active promoter of GRASS-GIS and OSGeo, notably in Africa. As reminder, he share the idea last year to organise FOSS4G and OSGeo Africa [1]. He teaches GIS at his university in Benin and also collaborates with us teaching FOSS4G to professionals from a host of African countries.

Moritz Lennert, Johan Van de Wauw thread
57 Antony Scott UK From: Steven Feldman

I would like to nominate Antony Scott as a Charter Member of OSGeo. Antony has been active in the UK OSGeo chapter for a long time and is now the secretary of OSGeo:UK. He teaches QGIS both in the UK and overseas via MapAction where he he has been a volunteer for over 5 years. Antony was a member of the FOSS4G 2013 LOC and also a member of the LOC for FOSS4G UK 2016. Antony is a dedicated open source person who has travelled the world promoting OSGeo technologies in all sorts of environments, he is always willing to offer help to others. He would be an excellent Charter Member.

Suchith Anand, Jo Cook thread
58 Nuno Oliveira Portugal From: Andrea Aime

I would like to nominate Nuno Oliveira for OSGeo charter membership. Nuno is a relatively recent addition in the OSGeo Java tribe, and yet in this time he managed to be active in the GeoTools, GeoServer and GeoWebCache projects, showing at the same time good technical and communication abilities while also providing support on the user lists, along with GeoServer related presentations and workshops in local FOSS4G/INSPIRE conferences. He's also a member of OSGeo Portugal and helps organizing local events.

Ian Turton, Simone Giannecchini, Jody Garnett, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Aurelio Pires, Pedro Pereira, Kevin Smith thread
59 R.C. Prasad India From: Ravi Kumar

It is a pleasure to nominate Dr R.C.Parasad for OSGeo Charter. R.C.Prasad conducted the FOSS4G Asia 2017 held at Hyderabad with aplomb. He is one of the main resource persons of OSGeo India. He is a keen researcher and trains students in Open Source GIS at IIIT Hyderabad.

Venkatesh Raghavan thread
60 Ben Caradoc-Davies New Zealand From: Jody Garnett

Ben Caradoc-Davies is a longstanding member of the GeoServer community - first with his role at the Australian research group "CSIRO" and more recently as a independent contractor from is native New Zealand. As a contributor Ben has demonstrated excellent leadership (volunteering with the GeoServer Project Steering Committee and GeoTools Project Management Committee) and mentoring of new contributors by answering questions, offering encouragement, backed by kind words and constructive reviews. Ben is exceptionally generous with his time: willing to take on the day to day challenges of running a project, leading meetings, issuing multiple releases a year, and stepping in for emergencies. The team has come to depend on Ben's dedication to quality watching out for the build servers and monitoring the travis automated builds. Ben is also takes on some of the harder open source challenges for the foundation as a whole. In my time as an OSGeo board member Ben has helped clearly articulated our legal questions, and taken part in meetings with our legal council. I also had the privilege of organizing a foss4g-au event with Ben and follow his open source advocacy work in Australia. Although it is perhaps not a character reference I personally appreciate Ben's coding and communication skills. His ability to contribute code in a consistent, professional manner, and his communication skills make working on the GeoServer project that much easier.

Kevin Smith, Ian Turton, Angelos Tzotsos thread
61 Santtu Pyykkönen Finland From: Pekka Sarkola

I would like to recommend Santtu Pyykkönen as a OSGeo Charter Member in Elections period 2017. Pyykkönen has been an active user and evangelist of free and open software for geospatial since 2013 and he has participated in the activities of the local OSGeo chapter in Finland since 2015.

Venkatesh Raghavan thread
62 Tina Cormier USA From: Alex Mandel

Tina was a star of FOSS4G2017 in Boston, presenting a workshop (‘Geo with R? Yes We Can!’) and three talks (‘A Journey through R for Geo’, ‘R in the Z-dimension: Processing lidar data for free’, and ‘Two laptops and a bag of thumb drives: Knitting together a global community using FOSS4G’)

She has taught workshops in countries all over the world, from Peru to Nepal, as well as her home country the USA. Workshop topics range from programming in R, using QGIS, to processing lidar with open source tools.

Tina promotes open source actively on Twitter and is now working with OSGeo-Live project on R quickstarts, and lidR package on improving user friendliness.

Tina would be an asset to OSGeo as a remote sensing data scientist who works in academic research and industry, and helps represent women, R, LIDAR, and power user communities.

Andy Anderson, Maëlle Vercauteren, Kristin Bott, Kurt Menke thread
63 Candan Eylül Kilsedar Italy From: Marco Minghini

I would like to nominate Candan Eylül Kilsedar as an OSGeo Charter Member. She is currently a PhD student at the GEOlab (Geomatics and Earth Observation lab) of Politecnico di Milano. She is a young and very active open source GIS developer, who also participated in GSoC this summer working on NASA Web WorldWind API. She developed or took part in developing many open source Web GIS projects (see e.g. http://viaregina3.como.polimi.it/app/ <http://viaregina3.como.polimi.it/app/>, http://geomobile.como.polimi.it/migrate <http://geomobile.como.polimi.it/migrate>, http://viaregina3.como.polimi.it/ViaRegina/ <http://viaregina3.como.polimi.it/ViaRegina/>, http://geomobile.como.polimi.it/buriedtorrents/ <http://geomobile.como.polimi.it/buriedtorrents/>, http://osm.eoapps.eu/) in the lab. She was also a member of the LOC at FOSS4G Europe 2015 in Como and assistant of the LOC at FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn, and since 2016 she is the President of PoliMappers (https://polimappers.github.io/ <https://polimappers.github.io/>), supporting mapping using FOSS4G for humanitarian purposes. I know Candan Eylül for many years now and her dedication to open source GIS development and promotion are terrific. Please welcome her as a Charter Member.

Maria Brovelli, Monia Molinari, Paolo Corti, Venkatesh Raghavan, Codrina Maria Ilie, Massimiliano Cannata thread
64 Matthew Hanson USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

Matt has been contributing to open source geospatial projects for several years, starting with GeoNode and Gippy, and now is the primary maintainer of Development Seed's open source collection of tools called sat-utils and one of the main developers for Cumulus, the NASA cloud-based data distribution framework. He has also started other open source projects for performing coastline extraction. He gives talks regularly at open source conferences including the last 5 FOSS4G events as well as several local FOSS4Gs.

Tom Kralidis, Michael Smith, Volker Mische thread
65 Gabriele Prestifilippo Italy From: Marco Minghini

It is my pleasure to nominate Gabriele Prestifilippo as a Charter Member for OSGeo. Gabriele is involved in the OSGeo community for some years now. He started by collaborating on the OSGeo Live to include the NASA WorldWind project, and since then he contributed to many open source software projects and still is an active developer for some OSGeo projects. He was a student in the Google Summer of Code program last year with OSGeo, working on NASA WorldWind, while this year he helped by volunteering as a GSoC mentor. He represents a valuable resource for our community. His enthusiasm and passion for OSGeo software make him an excellent candidate for becoming an OSGeo Charter Member.

Suchith Anand, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Monia Molinari thread
66 Alessio Fabiani Italy From: Jody Garnett

It is my honour to nominate Alessio Fabiani as a leader of the GeoServer community; indeed Alessio has served as a member of the project steering committee since its formation <https://github.com/geoserver/geoserver/wiki/GSIP-1> in 2006. Alessio is a fixture at foss4g events with presentations and workshops. His reach extends beyond GeoServer, earning commit privilege on the GeoNode project in 2015.

Jeffrey Johnson, Simone Dalmasso, Paolo Corti, Massimiliano Cannata, Marco Minghini, Angelos Tzotsos, Simone Giannecchini thread
67 Mohammed Zia Turkey From: Andy Anderson

I would like to nominate Mohammed Zia for charter membership. Zia is a GeoSpatial Developer at the National Innovation & Research Center for Geographical Information Technologies in Turkey. As part of his PhD research in Geomatics Engineering, he is making extensive use of FOSS4G technologies in the study of vehicle routing, including the use of OpenStreetMap data and Mapbox for visualization, and published his algorithms as open-source [1]. He presented his results at the International FOSS4G 2017 conference this August. Zia also served as the co-chair of the FOSS4G Academic Program Subcommittee and co-editor of the Conference Proceedings, and was essential to organizing the review of and the selection of the submitted academic papers. He also participated in moderating the presentations there and was an important part of making the conference a success.

Maria Brovelli, Charlie Schweik thread
68 Josh Campbell USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

Dr. Joshua S. Campbell, Founder and CEO of Sand Hill Geographic, has over 15 years of experience working with geographic information science and technology, including a range of open source GIS software. He has built and deployed open source geospatial solutions for a range of academic, government, and international organizations. While at the State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit, Dr. Campbell created MapGive, a crowdsource mapping initiative (built with all open source software) designed to catalyze open geographic data production to support the humanitarian, development, and disaster risk reduction communities. Dr. Campbell is on the Council of the American Geographical Society, and holds a Ph.D. in Geography, a M.A. in Geography, and Bachelors in Anthropology, each from the University of Kansas. Josh has attended and presented at several FOSS4G events.

Simone Dalmasso thread
69 Stephen Mather USA From: Kristin Bott

Stephen has likely been most recently visible within the OSGeo community as the founder and an ongoing contributor to OpenDroneMap -- for which he received supportive grant funding in 2016; on which he has given numerous workshops, presentations, and trainings since its development; and through which he has partnered with a number of people and agencies to use geospatial technologies for humanitarian efforts and other applications in education, governmental work, and more.

Through mentoring within and beyond his professional role, Stephen encourages the development of geospatial skills in a variety of folk, and has recently served as a both mentor and a teacher in cooperative programs in Musanze, Rwanda in addition to partnering with students at the State University Zanzibar and the University of Rwanda on geospatial projects.

Stephen is very active in outreach efforts; the last three years have included workshops and presentations all over the globe on open source geospatial software and systems (with a notable concentration on drone systems/remote sensing applications) -- events include FOSS4G (2017,2015,2014), State of the Map Africa (2017), FOSS4G Africa (2017), State of the Map US (2016).

Technically, Stephen brings a wide range of expertise in across GIS packages/protocols/libraries, remote sensing, and variety of programming languages/libraries and is one of the co-authors of the PostGIS Cookbook.

I believe that with a combination of strong technical skills and a dedication to outreach/education in diverse communities, Stephen has brought a great deal to the OSGeo community for years, and will continue to do so.

Jeffrey Johnson, Sanghee Shin, Venkatesh Raghavan, Michael Smith, Anna Kratochvílová, Doug Newcomb, Hirofumi Hayashi, Paolo Corti, Toshikazu Seto


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70 Eddie Pickle USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

I would like to nominate Eddie Pickle as a Charter Member of OSGeo. Eddie currently manages Open Source programs at Digital Globe and was the founding CEO of Boundless (Formerly OpenGeo). Eddie has been working in the Geospatial industry for more than 30 years. He has helped to organize FOSS4G-NA and other conferences such as FedGeoDay which promotes Open Source Geospatial within the US Federal Government as well as regularly participating in the sponsorship of FOSS4G.

Marc Vloemans, Simone Dalmasso, Michael Smith, Angelos Tzotsos, Sanghee Shin, Simone Giannecchini thread
71 Mikel Maron USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

I would like to nominate Mikel Maron as a Charter Member of OSGeo. Mikel has been a long time collaborator and contributor to Open Source and Open Data geospatial projects including being one of the earliest contributors to OpenStreetMap and providing leadership throughout its history. He currently leads the Community Team at Mapbox and was formerly a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the US State Department helping to drive OpenStreetMap adoption across federal agencies. He is co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, co-founder of Map Kibera and GroundTruth Initiative and current Board member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

Andrew Turner thread
72 Ben Lewis USA From: Andy Anderson

I would like to nominate Ben Lewis for charter membership. Ben is system architect and project manager of Harvard WorldMap [1], an open-source infrastructure to support collaborative research around geospatial information. Ben is also leading a team to build an open-source global registry of web map services (Harvard Hypermap [2]) and another to develop the Billion Object Platform [3], which supports interactive exploration of billions of spatio-temporal things. As a member of the Boston Local Organizing Committee and the Program Subcommittee, Ben helped put together the International FOSS4G 2017 conference this August.

Simone Dalmasso, Jeffrey Johnson, Paolo Corti thread
73 Carolyn Bennett USA From: Andy Anderson

Carolyn is the Geospatial Data Program Manager for the Boston Planning and Development Agency, focusing on urban planning, environmental and historic conservation, zoning, and 3D modeling. To facilitate decision-making, transparency, and community engagement in local government, she regularly creates and publishes Web maps using open source software such as Mapbox, CartoDB, and Leaflet. As a member of the Boston Local Organizing Committee and the Program Subcommittee, Carolyn helped put together the International FOSS4G 2017 conference this August.

Jody Garnett, Brent Wood thread
74 Seth Fitzsimmons USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

Seth is a long time collaborator and contributor to open source geospatial projects working across many libraries/tools and OpenStreetMap projects. He maintains Portable OpenStreetMap (POSM), tessera, marblecutter, the OSM Public Dataset on AWS and has contributed to projects including rasterio, OpenDroneMap, JOSM, OpenMapKit, the OAuth 1.0 specification (and assorted libraries), Missing Maps, and many others. He is currently on the OSM-US board.

Even Rouault thread
75 Ben Tuttle USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

BenTuttle is a R&D Technologist at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency leading efforts to deliver Open Source Geospatial tools as core infrastructure and services for NGA and its customers across the US Federal Government. Ben is focused on development and delivery of web and mobile geospatial applications to enhance data delivery, analysis, and decision-making. He has authored and co-authored papers in journals including PE&RS, Geography Compass, GeoJournal, Environmental Management, and Remote Sensing of Environment. He is currently leading a team of developers to deliver new capabilities for first responders, search and rescue teams, security personnel, and military users while revolutionizing the underlying infrastructure. The team is building on cloud based environment with a full DevOps pipeline that includes automated security scanning to shorten delivery timelines and fully embrace a secure CI/CD process. Ben has attended and participated in numerous FOSS4G and his agency is now among the key sponsors of FOSS4G.

Michael Smith, Marc Vloemans, Jody Garnett, Doug Newcomb, Bob Basques thread
76 Neil Revello USA From: David Percy

As a charter member from OSGeo-PDX, I happily nominate Neil Revello to be part of the incoming charter member group of 2017. Neil has been an active member of our local chapter for many years, and played a vital role in organizing and implementing our international hosting of FOSS4G-2014. He exemplifies the "positive attributes" of a charter member, particularly in his diversity of interests. He is also active in our local URISA chapter, especially with the annual conference. Neil will be a great addition to our charter membership.

Jody Garnett thread
77 Scott Clark USA From: Jeffrey Johnson

Scott Clark has been leading projects that provide geospatial solutions for large organizations for over a decade. He has focused on projects that leverage free and open source geospatial software since 2011. He lead the ROGUE Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project which was the impetus for the development of GeoGig and for many major contributions to GeoNode. The project resulted in the creation of the GeoSHAPE project (http://geoshape.org/), which became the core of what is now Boundless Exchange. Scott was on the program committee for FOSS4G NA 2012, held in Washington DC. He co-presented Intro to GeoGit at FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham and volunteered to moderate sessions at FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn.

Now as a program manager at DigitalGlobe, Scott continues to lead a number of projects which all depend on or directly promote open source geospatial software. He is a strong advocate with his customers on the benefits of open source software and the importance of contributing back to the software leveraged in his projects. He continues to be involved in GeoWave (http://locationtech.github.io/geowave/) and the efforts he leads leverage a number of the OSGeo family of projects.

Simone Dalmasso thread
78 Jakob Miksch Germany From: Astrid Emde

Jakobs background is in Geography and Geoinformatics. He is interested in geospatial application development using open source tools. He mostly works with QGIS and PostGIS and likes programming. Jakob is involved in FOSSGIS, OSGeo events & OpenStreetMap meet-ups since a few years. He was visitor, volunteer & speaker at some conferences. He is involved in the OSM project and OSGeo-Live. Recently he gave a talk at FOSS4G Norway about the SDI he is involed in - so maybe some of you know him from the talk. He is curious and open minded and can be a bridge to students and the OSM community. Would be great to have him in the team as OSGeo Charter Member.

Cameron Shorter thread