Hi Cameron,

Thank you for your excellent suggestions. I agree with the steps you mentioned. 
In fact, I send the mail out on these initiatives to create awareness (step 1 
in your mail) and then find ideas from the community to find best way forward .


In UNGGIM though I knew about the Academic Network and its activities , I came 
across the Private sector network only recently. I immediately checked the list 
of organisations listed in their  website and saw many Properitery GIS vendors 
joined and very active (they are very smart) but  I did not see many OSGeo SMEs 
listed there so I immediately emailed the community  to create awareness, so 
those interested join individually  and receive information on its activities. 
It is important there are no monopolies created by anyone , hence having many 
different organisations from different perspectives in all initiatives  is 
important for balance in my humble opinion.


I am new to GEO .  It was only from last 6 months (after I  participated in the 
GEO Plenary) , I became more aware of its excellent work in various domains and 
I realised the importance of spreading Open Principles in this  esp. In 
Capacity Development [1]. In fact, we don’t need formal MoU to do this, we can 
all do this in our individual capacities by spreading Open ideas in all 
networks and initiatives. I have always been doing by best to promote Open 
Principles in Geo when ever I get a chance in whichever forum :-)


Best wishes,


Suchith



[1] http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2018-February/011243.html


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From: Discuss <discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Cameron Shorter 
<cameron.shor...@gmail.com>
Sent: 03 February 2018 19:45
To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] UNGGIM Private Sector


Suchith, I agree with Marc's points.

I notice a similar discussion on the OSGeo Board thread about joining GEO.


I think there is little value in setting up "trophy" MOUs or becoming members 
of communities unless we have specific community members who are actively 
wanting to get involved. So steps I'd suggest:

1. Find our community members who want involvement

2. If our community members feel that joining some external group will help our 
community be more effective, then OSGeo supports them in the activity.


At the moment, I don't think we have passed step 1 yet.

On 2/2/18 12:03 am, Suchith Anand wrote:

Thanks Marc. I am trying to think ideas to make sure that OSGeo is involved in 
all levels at all different forums for maximising impact. We are very active in 
the UNGGIM Academic Network (thanks to Maria).


https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2018-January/037059.html


We need to be more active in regional networks in UNGGIM and spread our 
ideas.We need champions to spread ideas in UNGGIM Private Sector and the main 
way to do this is to join these networks . As far as I am aware they are free 
to join at  http://unggim-psn.org/psn-members.html


Best wishes,


Suchith


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From: Marc Vloemans <marcvloema...@gmail.com><mailto:marcvloema...@gmail.com>
Sent: 01 February 2018 11:43
To: Suchith Anand
Cc: discuss@lists.osgeo.org<mailto:discuss@lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] UNGGIM Private Sector

Thx Suchith,

However I struggle to see the opportunities for SME’s in particular. 
Especially, since these make up for the large part of the present OSGeo 
sponsors.
I think the argument to join the initiative needs to be SMART. Otherwise it is 
a plea in a virtual ocean of requests upon open source businesses.
Apologies, but I can not bolster the argument for joining. Perhaps others on 
the list can help you.

Kind regards,
Marc Vloemans


Op 1 feb. 2018 om 12:33 heeft Suchith Anand 
<suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk>> het 
volgende geschreven:


Hi Marc,


I do not have any expertise in this but seeing all the companies who have 
joined this already ( including many proprietary GIS companies),  it is 
important that SMEs in the OSGeo ecosytem should be part of this to make sure 
there is balance of opportunities for everyone.


Best wishes,


Suchith


________________________________
From: Marc Vloemans <marcvloema...@gmail.com<mailto:marcvloema...@gmail.com>>
Sent: 01 February 2018 11:24
To: Suchith Anand
Cc: discuss@lists.osgeo.org<mailto:discuss@lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] UNGGIM Private Sector

Hi Suchith,

What would be the business value of joining as an SME or other (commercial) 
company?

Kind regards,
Marc Vloemans


Op 1 feb. 2018 om 12:09 heeft Suchith Anand 
<suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk>> het 
volgende geschreven:

I was looking at UNGGIM Private Sector website and I didn’t much  presence of 
commercial sector in the OSGeo ecosystem in the UNGGIM Private Sector Network.

There are lot of SMEs in the OSGeo ecosystem and I think this will be a good 
opportunity for the commercial sector in the OSGeo ecosystem [2] to join this 
network  at http://unggim-psn.org/psn-members.html  and proactively engage with 
UNGGIM Private Sector

Best wishes,

Suchith

[1] https://www.osgeo.org/service-providers/




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