Thanks for your service Michele!

The issue of trademarks is interesting; presently our incubation process
does not require participating projects to transfer any existing trademarks
to OSGeo.
Other foundations (eclipse/apache) make this a requirement of
participation; part of setting up a level playing field for everyone

I assume from the meeting notes that the board was discussing how to
support project's in obtaining a trademark for their own name / logo /
Jody Garnett

On Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 3:15 AM Adam Steer via Discuss <> wrote:

> Hi OSGeo people, friends, neighbors
> The OSGeo board of directors met on 12 December 2022, making an
> out-of-schedule meeting to catch up on our agenda. Minutes are here:
> This was the last meeting as a director for Michele Tobias - please
> join us in thanking Michele for her wisdom and insight for the past
> two years (insert applause and cheering here). And we look forward to
> her ongoing engagement in the OSGeo community!
> To the meeting itself - almost half of the allocated hour was taken up
> in discussion about trademarks. As an outcome, we are generating some
> guidelines for projects about the process, and how to get support from
> OSGeo if it is something they want to do. We also discussed trademarks
> for OSGeo and FOSS4G, those are ongoing - needing careful thought and
> input from the community.
> Codrina has developed a template for organisations wishing to form an
> MoU with OSGeo. This will be placed on the OSGeo wiki, after which the
> board will make a motion to formally adopt it. Related to this, we are
> revising our MoU with UCGIS [1], which will be reformatted into the
> new MoU template. The GISwater organisation [2] has also requested an
> MoU, however we felt that as GISwater is now an OSGeo community
> project [3], a separate MoU is not needed.
> The board ratified the conference committee’s decision to fund the
> 2022 OSGeo Oceania travel grant program, after a request from the
> committee chair to do so [4]. This has been paid already.
> The final discussion in the allotted time was about reviving or
> creating a new OSGeo organisation in Europe. This will assist with
> funding from European organisations, and create a local focus for the
> European community.
> Discussion about sponsorship opportunities, and curating the to-do
> list, was pushed to the next meeting - scheduled for 29 December 2022,
> 16:00 UTC. You’re welcome to attend here:
>, and the agenda proposal is here:
> Regards,
> Adam Steer, on behalf of the OSGeo Board
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