[talk-au] Local Chapter

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Tue Mar 5 21:07:39 UTC 2019


John — I used to be OSMF secretary and have guided multiple local groups through the OSMF LC application process. I am no longer on the board but know the current secretary, and am happy to help with the process if needed.

Martijn

> On Mar 4, 2019, at 8:41 PM, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Graeme, thanks a lot for bringing it up, it's a good opportunity to share a work-in-progress.
> 
> Yes, there is work going on right now, and apologies for not making it more widely known... we're scrambling a bit to pull together both this and the 2019 conference, trying to get a number of balls rolling at once. 
> 
> The committee that organised FOSS4G SotM Oceania in November is in the process of doing the legwork to form an entity. Right now, we are pulling together a draft recommendation that we'll share with the community for feedback. Aiming to have this draft complete by the 15th, and then open it up to the community for a two week consultation period. Presuming that leads to a recommendation to form an entity, we should have something in place by the end of April.
> 
> Forming local chapters of OSMF and OSGeo is one of the key reasons to do this - also it will make it a lot easier to manage funds and sign contracts when organising community events like the conference.
> 
> Again, sorry for the lack of communication - we definitely intend to grow this organisation, the immediate priority is to build a strong foundation, and to do this we need to communicate. Hopefully we can catch our breath shortly here and re-prioritise the engagement of the community. In the meantime, what kinds of activities would you see a local chapter of OSMF undertaking?
> 
> Cheers
> John
> 
> On Tue, 5 Mar 2019 at 13:08, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com <mailto:graemefitz1 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> There was mention late last year of setting up a local Chapter 
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-au/2018-December/012227.html <https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-au/2018-December/012227.html>, but haven't heard anything further since?
> 
> Just been doing some random browsing & found this 
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/Local_Chapters/Australia <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/Local_Chapters/Australia>, which discussed the same thing back in 2010.
> 
> Is any of that info still relevant?
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Graeme
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