Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:10:21 +1300
From: Daniel Silk <[hidden email]>
To: John Bryant <[hidden email]>
Cc: foss4g-oceania <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: [FOSS4G-Oceania] FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 Committee Roles
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Thanks to all who have participated in this process and discussion.
I am pleased to appoint the following people:
- Program Lead: Adam Steer
- Good Mojo Lead: Kim Fitter
- Design & Communications Lead: Dionne Hansen
- Sponsorship Lead: Ed Neerhut
Thank you for putting your hands up to help out. :-)
That leaves the Local & Logistics Lead vacant. Tania Hibbard-Nitz has
pencilled her name down for that role - just waiting on some news before she
A few people have noted the lack of kiwis currently involved in the program
area. I'm sure we'll be able to get organisers with a local perspective
involved in specific aspects of the program as we progress. It's a pretty
daunting lead role to take on for anyone that is completely new to this, so
I'm grateful to have those with experience from last year to take it on and
provide support within that subcommittee.
..and I'm sorry Kim, gmail sent your response to spam for me also and now it’s
re. lack of kiwis - in the spirit of 'if you think something needs to be
done differently say so, AND always say how you’d do it differently’: if you
noted the lack of kiwis in program organising and are a kiwi, drop me a line
and come on board. It’s not my show, it's yours! (or the community’s).
...as per my ‘risks’ section - you may end up running the show! So it’s also
great to have Alex offer to help.
I’m an apology for Thursday, sorry - but I’ll look at the timeline
> Thanks to all who have participated in this process and discussion.
> I am pleased to appoint the following people:
> - Program Lead: Adam Steer
> - Good Mojo Lead: Kim Fitter
> - Design & Communications Lead: Dionne Hansen
> - Sponsorship Lead: Ed Neerhut
> Thank you for putting your hands up to help out. :-)
> That leaves the Local & Logistics Lead vacant. Tania Hibbard-Nitz has
> pencilled her name down for that role - just waiting on some news
> before she can commit.
> A few people have noted the lack of kiwis currently involved in the
> program area. I'm sure we'll be able to get organisers with a local
> perspective involved in specific aspects of the program as we progress.
> It's a pretty daunting lead role to take on for anyone that is
> completely new to this, so I'm grateful to have those with experience
> from last year to take it on and provide support within that subcommittee.
> If all leads could have a look at the timeline
> <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uofa8B9C4Y70vvHmAzzR0zhYDCOmV > RjFxw9oH2SjAis/>, work out what their next steps are and add / amend
> as required, that'd be great prep for our Thursday meeting.
> PS. Gmail flagged Kim's reply to this thread as spam for me - if
> anyone else missed it, check your Spam folder!
> FOSS4G-Oceania mailing list
> [hidden email] > https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/foss4g-oceania >
Below is a brief outline of why I have put my name forward for one of the
1. The area you're interested in leading Local and Logistics Lead
2. Why it interests you and what you'll bring to the organisation effort
Geospatial Open Source has been a major influence in my life over the last
10 years. My husband also has over 30 years with spatial solutions.
Having previously part-owned a spatial business which we sold a couple of
years ago and recently set up another spatial business focusing on
geospatial open source solutions, logistics have been a key factor in both
Being an accountant with continuous improvement experience has also required
me to discuss and provide the most efficient way forward for internal and
external stakeholders not only for financial improvement but also for
process and system improvement.
I found participating in the FOSS4G-Ocenia conference in Melbourne last year
overseeing the volunteers, these tasks within this area were closely aligned
to ensuring that things ran smoothly on the day.
Having assisted or independently organising conferences, events or training
sessions in the past, I found and continue to find this challenging and
enjoyable as one of the key goals is to ensure that attendees have a great
experience and that there are minimal disruptions internally.
3. If there are any responsibilities that you're uncertain about No issues
at this time. I would however touch base with those that undertook these
tasks last year to identify what worked and what did not work.
If unsure of anything further down the track, I will ask for feedback from
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.
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.