[Talk-pacific] [OSGeo Oceania] [Meeting invite] OSGeo Membership discussion and OSGeo Oceania election debrief

Bruce Bannerman bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 00:39:07 UTC 2020

I admire your enthusiasm Ed. Well done!

Can I suggest that we start by working through the issue of what is a member on the oceania at lists.osgeo.org <mailto:oceania at lists.osgeo.org> list? 

Having the discussion on only one list, will avoid people missing out on discussion that occurs on another list that they are not subscribed to.

This process will take longer, but I hope it will get more people involved in the necessary discussion, particularly at this time of year. 

An email discussion will also allow the community time to reflect on various approaches and to add their comments.

Some of our members may be hesitant to voice their opinions at a public meeting, but may be willing to share their thoughts via email. There could be many reasons for this, including that community participants may not be native English speakers and need time to ensure that their message is understood. 

I encourage everyone involved in our community to contribute to evolve how we want to work together. You may not think so, but your thoughts and opinion **are** important.


Can I suggest that we:

start with the membership rules and approach of our parent organisation, the OSGeo Foundation. These rules may be found at [1];
explore why we believe that an alternate approach is warranted;
discuss any proposed alternate approach; and
arrive at a community consensus position on membership.

Kind regards,


OSGeo Foundation Charter Member [2]
Member, OSGeo Incubation Committee [3]

[1] https://www.osgeo.org/about/membership-rules/ <https://www.osgeo.org/about/membership-rules/> 

[2] https://www.osgeo.org/about/charter-members/ <https://www.osgeo.org/about/charter-members/> 

[3] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Incubation_Committee <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Incubation_Committee>

> On 16 Dec 2020, at 21:42, Edoardo Neerhut <eneerhut at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> What does it mean to be a member of OSGeo Oceania?
> This is one of the many questions people have been asking the organisation and it is one that we should collectively answer.
> I would like to invite you all to a meeting on Wednesday, December 23rd at 12:00pm UTC+11 to discuss this and other questions further. I have added this meeting to an open OSGeo Oceania calendar <https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=dgea06cf2tu9ukl2f7nmfqjp98%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Australia%2FMelbourne> where you will find this meeting and others.
> If you cannot make the meeting, but are interested nonetheless, please add yourself to the agenda <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FE57J6Ze3X9jV7oJEE66TAUcMMO6s73-YxuFPb9bDsU/edit#> under 'Apologies, but interested'. That way we can make sure to invite you to future meetings.
> The agenda is sparse at the moment, but I welcome new additions.
> Other questions to discuss include:
> What does it mean to be a member of OSGeo Oceania?
> What are the requirements to be a member?
> Should there even be requirements?
> Why was the recent election vote participation so low?
> How can a member get involved?
> How do we do a better job engaging current and potential members?
> How do we ensure a welcoming environment?
> How do we live up to the "Oceania" in OSGeo Oceania?
> I hope to see many of you there, and please invite others you may know who are interested.
> Thank you,
> Ed
> _______________________________________________
> Oceania mailing list
> Oceania at lists.osgeo.org
> https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/oceania

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