[talk-au] [OSGeo Oceania] OSGeo Oceania as a not-for-profit entity? Your feedback, please

Phil Wyatt phil at wyatt-family.com
Fri Mar 22 04:33:39 UTC 2019

Might be back here John although I cant see anything specific




From: John Bryant [mailto:johnwbryant at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, 22 March 2019 2:36 PM
To: Bruce Bannerman
Cc: australian-qgis-user-group at googlegroups.com; pacific-islands at lists.osgeo.org; foss4g-oceania; talk-nz; oceania at lists.osgeo.org; OSM Australian Talk List
Subject: Re: [talk-au] [OSGeo Oceania] OSGeo Oceania as a not-for-profit entity? Your feedback, please


Hi Bruce, we're hoping to wrap up this comment period on the 29th, it would be good to take your comments into account before we embark on a course of action if possible.


Can you be a bit more specific about which email you're referring to (or does someone else perhaps know)? Alternatively are you able to provide a summary here?


In any case, we will of course always be open to discussion on the direction of this organisation!





On Tue, 19 Mar 2019 at 18:13, Bruce Bannerman <bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi John,


I’m currently travelling through Outback Australia with severely limited Internet access.


I intend making comments, but will not be able to do so until early April, after I return.


For starters, see my earlier email on liability on the AustNZ list several months ago.


Kind regards,



On 18 Mar 2019, at 19:31, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,


As promised, following on the heels of the successful FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference <https://foss4g-oceania.org/>  in November 2018, we have embarked on a journey to lay down a strong foundation for the growth of this community. In addition to planning a new instance of the conference in Wellington, New Zealand, for November 2019, we are also doing significant ground work on establishing a not-for-profit that can manage funds, enter into agreements, and act as a local chapter of OSGeo and OSMF.


We have developed a recommendation for an initial path forward, and we'd like you, the community, to provide your feedback. If you have experience or knowledge here, and can provide insight, or wish to contribute your thoughts, please chime in. Your comments are most welcome, and can be provided by responding to this email, or by commenting in the Google Doc.


The draft recommendation is attached as a PDF, and a live Google Doc version is linked here <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LCoaNY9xACkpE_E1pTn3pGkNV41rqmoK5QkKl2FAfwY/edit?usp=sharing> . We will take input until the end of next week (29 March). At that point, we'll make adjustments where warranted, and hopefully be in a position to raise a motion to the OSGeo Oceania board to accept the recommendation, and begin the process.


If this is all new to you, and you're wondering what the heck OSGeo Oceania even is, please check out this basic wiki page <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Oceania>  that will give you a bit of background. We'll be fleshing this out in the coming months, but I hope it gives you enough of an idea. We will certainly be aiming to increase our outreach, and get people involved from across the region.


Any questions, please ask!



John Bryant

on behalf of OSGeo Oceania

<Proposal for Entity Structure.pdf>

Oceania mailing list
Oceania at lists.osgeo.org

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