Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Gender bias in nominations

2014-07-24 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Jo wrote: As a female member of OSGeo I don't really feel that my gender matters in the slightest. Having heard too many sad stories from across the software industry, and having seen a couple first-hand, that totally makes my day. We’re doing something right, folks. Thanks. -mpg

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Board Digest, Vol 94, Issue 24 (actually: president's role in OSGEO)

2014-07-18 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
On Jul 18, 2014, at 5:31 AM, Jeff McKenna jmcke...@gatewaygeomatics.com wrote: Although your points make sense, the reality is that the President is requested specifically for many things, in person, or on a Skype call, writing a support letter, shaking a hand, giving a talk, etc etc. Those

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Membership fee (was: Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members)

2014-07-01 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
While I don’t think I’m keen on having professionals foot the bill for OSGeo, Dirk is definitely on the right track. His citation of the core principles is timely, and I’ll go so far as to repeat it here: OSGeo should act as a low-capital, volunteer-focused organization. OSGeo should

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members

2014-06-26 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Correct: “membership”, by design at the original founding meeting, was designed not to confer ANY rights or distinguishing properties except for the ability to vote for board members. While the election process is pretty messy right now, I view that as a solvable problem: I’m still at a loss

[OSGeo-Discuss] What's wrong? (was Re: Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members)

2014-06-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I’ve not been following this issue closely, so I just went back through the old mails and I’m still left with this rather basic question: What is the problem that we are trying to solve? What started this movement? What in our organization is “broken” that needs to be fixed? -mpg

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] What's wrong? (was Re: Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members)

2014-06-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
in changing the tone and dynamic of the organization, I’d be interested to hear from people as to what we think the change direction should be and to what ultimate advantage. -mpg On Jun 23, 2014, at 9:51 AM, Howard Butler how...@hobu.co wrote: On Jun 23, 2014, at 10:16 AM, Michael P. Gerlek

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Sol Katz Award Nomination procedure (was Nomination for Venkatesh Raghavan)

2012-09-18 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
+1 -mpg On Sep 18, 2012, at 9:15 AM, Howard Butler hobu@gmail.com wrote: I disagree. The history of the award has been a cloistered deliberation of private nominations. The award is not a political exercise, or at least it hasn't been to this point, and public nominations tip things

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Supporting Standards

2012-09-06 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
[added standards mailing list back to the distribution list] Quoting all of item 4, to put Stefano's quote in context: Standards specifications are made accessible to all for implementation and deployment. Affirming standards organizations have defined procedures to

[OSGeo-Discuss] Secret ballots for voting

2012-08-15 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Someone asked the Board (off-list) why we do not publish the results of our elections in detail -- such as how many votes there were for each candidate, including any candidates that weren't elected. I'm not sure if our bylaws require secret ballots, but that has been our process since the

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

2012-08-14 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
It's not been mentioned in the Upper Echelons that I hang about in, for what that's worth. If someone wanted to propose OSGeo get involved in this somehow, I'm sure we'd be interested… -mpg On Aug 14, 2012, at 10:23 AM, Barry Rowlingson b.rowling...@lancaster.ac.uk wrote: Is anyone at

[OSGeo-Discuss] CORRECTION -- Re: Board Elections 2012

2012-08-03 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Cameron Shorter's name was inadvertently omitted from the nomination page. Arnulf and I are both(!) traveling today and can't quickly update the wiki - if some kind soul would do that for us, we would appreciate it. If you have already voted and wish to change your selections, feel free to do

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] CORRECTION -- Re: Board Elections 2012

2012-08-03 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Thank you, Yves and others, for quick response on this. (This is a great community of people we have here...) .mpg, sitting in the runway On Aug 3, 2012, at 5:32 AM, Yves Jacolin (free) yjaco...@free.fr wrote: mpg, done! Y. Le 03/08/2012 14:25, Michael P. Gerlek a écrit : Cameron

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Geospatial Atlas

2012-07-29 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Also, some companies would be willing to help underwrite production costs in exchange for some small ads on the back pages, if we wanted to go that way. Nice idea, but initial production costs are zero with publish-on-demand - its just the time of the editor. Ah, but you're not thinking

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Geospatial Atlas

2012-07-28 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Also, some companies would be willing to help underwrite production costs in exchange for some small ads on the back pages, if we wanted to go that way. .mpg On Jul 28, 2012, at 4:33 AM, Barry Rowlingson b.rowling...@lancaster.ac.uk wrote: Do you think an atlas of beautiful maps produced

[OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Cameron Shorter

2012-07-28 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I am pleased to nominate Cameron Shorter to be a member of the OSGeo Board. Followers of this list will no doubt already be familiar with Cameron: active in this foundation since the very beginning, he chaired the 2009 FOSS4G conference, has served on various OSGeo committees, and has worked on

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] The importance of a project's license

2012-07-27 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I hesitate to get into this discussion, but... Puneet wrote: [...] I short-circuit all license discussions in my personal domain by not having any license. Life is too short and precious, in my view, to encumber with these complications. Do you literally mean no license at all? That might

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] Fwd: Board elections Voting

2012-07-25 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
+1 I like the old way better too, but Daniel it right: the comment period is past. -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Morissette Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7:06 AM To:

[OSGeo-Discuss] DARPA-funded short-term incubator for geospatial data analysis

2012-07-25 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
DARPA and George Mason University are running a very novel, incubator-like opportunity for small teams of people interested in a chance to pursue radical new ideas in the areas of geospatial and visual data analysis. If you've got an idea for something truly different in the geo data world, and

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Boad of Director Nomination: Daniel Morissette

2012-07-25 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
+1! _mpg -Original Message- From: Seven (aka Arnulf) [mailto:se...@arnulf.us] Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10:19 AM To: c...@osgeo.org; OSGeo Discussions Subject: Boad of Director Nomination: Daniel Morissette Dear OSGeo Community, Charter Members, I want to nominate Daniel

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] DARPA-funded short-term incubator for geospatial data analysis

2012-07-25 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
, bootstrapping faster, fostering collaboration, and promoting extensibility. _mpg -Original Message- From: Michael P. Gerlek [mailto:m...@flaxen.com] Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:54 AM To: OSGeo Discussions (discuss@lists.osgeo.org) Subject: DARPA-funded short-term incubator

[OSGeo-Discuss] New charter members!

2012-07-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
We received 22 nominations for the 2012 Charter Members. There were 20 membership positions available, but the board acted over the weekend to increase that number to 22. Therefore, on behalf of the OSGeo Board and the entire OSGeo community, I am pleased to welcome the following people as

[OSGeo-Discuss] Do you want to be on the OSGeo Board?

2012-07-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
The nomination period for 2012 OSGeo Board Members starts in two weeks. As a long-time member of the OSGeo community and as a current Board member, I can say that this organization that has helped build a fantastic and supportive community over the past several years. However, there are always

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: [OSGeo-Conf] Short report about FOSS4G-CEE 2012 with outlook to coming years

2012-05-25 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Jachym- Can you provide us with a summary of the financial aspects of your event? Things like did the attendees have to pay anything and if so how much, did you have any sponsors, how much was spent on the venue, food, etc, etc. This is good information to have, for others thinking about

[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo's jobs mailing list

2012-05-11 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
This is just a gentle reminder that there is a mailing list for geospatial jobs related to open source over at j...@lists.osgeo.org (archived at http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/jobs/). If you are looking to hire someone to do some open source geo work, or if you're looking to get hired to do

[OSGeo-Discuss] CHARTER MEMBERS: please read

2012-05-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
In advance of OSGeo's 2012 election season, we are updated our database of charter members. We need at least an email address for each of the charter members, although we will optionally be happy to accept the following data from you as well: Last Name (surname) First and middle

RE: [Board] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role

2012-05-05 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
? __**_ Discuss mailing list Discuss@lists.osgeo.org http://lists.osgeo.org/**mailman/listinfo/discuss http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss On 20/04/12 07:24, Cameron Shorter wrote: On 20/04/2012 4:06 AM, Michael P

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role

2012-05-05 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
/2012 4:06 AM, Michael P. Gerlek wrote: Do we have any policies and cost structures for the Ambassador function yet? I've seen a few people talking about creating an OSGeo Ambassador role. Arnulf I think might have been the first to mention it, and I think it is an excellent idea. I'm also

[OSGeo-Discuss] Do you run an OSGeo committe or chapter?

2012-04-19 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
We are setting up a contact list on the wiki, inventorying all the various committees and local chapters. Pls take a minute to review this wiki page and make any additions you see fit: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Contacts -mpg ___ Discuss mailing

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role

2012-04-19 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:24 PM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role On 20/04/2012 4:06 AM, Michael P. Gerlek wrote: Do we have any policies and cost structures for the Ambassador function yet? I've seen a few people talking about creating

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role

2012-04-19 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Dimitris: No apologies needed, it is an important discussion to have! But as you are aware, there are no easy answers. The Board of Directors has been discussing these issues a lot, both on lists and in face-to-face meetings. The problem is that OSGeo has a very broad charter and a very

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] formal request for endorement of amicus on Sierra Club v. Orange Country court case

2012-01-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
chapters or groups. Op 21 jan. 2012 21:20 schreef Michael P. Gerlek m...@flaxen.com het volgende: OSGeo folk: I'm formally requesting that OSGeo endorse the amicus (friend of the court) brief being submitted by the Sierra Club to the California Supreme Court. This case covers significant interest

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: [Board] Fwd: Request for your endorsement of GIS Amicus Letter re: Sierra Club v Orange County

2012-01-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'm covering this for the Board, and in the next few days I will be putting out a formal motion for OSGeo to endorse it. -mpg From: board-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:board-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of David William Bitner Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:50 AM To: OSGeo

[OSGeo-Discuss] formal request for endorement of amicus on Sierra Club v. Orange Country court case

2012-01-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
OSGeo folk: I'm formally requesting that OSGeo endorse the amicus (friend of the court) brief being submitted by the Sierra Club to the California Supreme Court. This case covers significant interest to our community, including the definition of GIS data and the public's right to access open

[OSGeo-Discuss] Student funding available for OSGeo codesprint next month!

2012-01-03 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
** Please forward this email to any students or others who might be interested. ** Through the generosity of our sponsors -- especially our gold-level sponsor Mobile Geographics -- we have funding available for a qualified student (or currently unemployed programmer) to come to Seattle for

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] The amicus curiae brief in the Orange County, California public records / geo data court case

2011-12-16 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I've volunteered to take point on this issue and do the homework, as a first step towards bringing to the Board for approval. I've started a wiki page listing some reading material about the case: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OrangeCounty_Amicus If anyone has any opinions about the issue (either

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] 2011 Charter Member Election Results

2011-12-02 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Nicolas: This is a great idea. Could you please start by stubbing out a wiki page for this, and then others can add onto it? -mpg From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of nicolas bozon Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 6:56 PM

[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter nominees -- please speak up!

2011-11-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
There are many nominees this year! And since we have such an international slate this year, I expect many of us are in the position I'm in: I don't recognize the names of many of them, much less know of them at least by reputation. If you are a nominee, please consider posting a short

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Travel Hints

2011-09-10 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I've added a cab-share signup section. -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss- boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Morissette Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 2:52 PM To: OSGEO discuss Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Travel Hints

[OSGeo-Discuss] Need graphic arts help for IslandWood codesprint handout

2011-09-07 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'm trying to make a one-page advert/flyer/handout for the IslandWood sprint, to be handed out in Denver next week... I know the content that has to be included, but my design skillz are totally not up to it and it looks like a fourth-grade science fair poster. Anyone out there got the talents

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] North America (Seattle) codesprint -- last chance to save it!

2011-08-18 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
for. In my opinion this is one of the events OSGeo could support, because it has a high impact on its projects. Leaving such a risk on individuals is likely to make this kind of events difficult to organize. Daniel On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM, Michael P. Gerlek m...@flaxen.com wrote

[OSGeo-Discuss] North America (Seattle) codesprint -- last chance to save it!

2011-08-17 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
The goal of hosting the 2012 North American code sprint here in Seattle is, unfortunately, almost dead. To date I have received almost $4K in sponsorship money -- thank you to Airborne Interactive, Anonymous/CUGOS, Development Seed, and LizardTech! -- and almost $4K in the form of seven

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Michael Gerlek to OSGeo Board 2011

2011-08-11 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I've now posted my candidate statement here: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Member_Nominations_2011#Michael_Gerlek Thanks again for your consideration. -mpg -Original Message- From: Michael P. Gerlek [mailto:m...@flaxen.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 10:03 AM To: 'OSGeo

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Nomination for Michael Gerlek to OSGeo Board 2011

2011-08-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'm on vacation right now, so this will have to be short -- I'll write something more up when I get home in a few days, but for now let me just make some bullet points: * Thank you to Aaron for the nomination. It's a privilege to be nominated, and doubly so to be in company of so many other

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] format for raster data distribution, JP2?

2011-07-15 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Well, you've covered most of the tradeoffs - proprietary/open, general availability, etc. At the end of the day, it's hard to beat compressed TIFFs. (lzw-compressed TIFFs are nice too - maybe a bit less supported than jpeg-compressed, but no quality loss) -mpg From:

[OSGeo-Discuss] IslandWood 2012 codesprint - Registration open!

2011-07-12 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
you's and favorable mentions in blog posts about the sprint. Checks should be made payable to CUGOS and sent to Michael P. Gerlek 12167 Pleasant Place NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 USA Please forward this to anyone you might think be interested. We hope you can join us! -mpg

[OSGeo-Discuss] Planning begins for the 2012 North American code sprint

2011-06-20 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
This mail is to announce the start of planning / early call for participation for the 4th annual OSGeo North American code sprint. Held in previous years in Toronto, New York City, and Montreal, we are proposing to hold the next event in Jan-Mar of 2012 on a small island near Seattle. Unlike

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Media Sponsorship

2011-06-10 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
+1 here too. I like the idea of providing an avenue for us to pitch articles, etc. I know that in principle anyone can submit a piece to most of the industry pubs, but in practice the editors tend to favor those they have a pre-existing relationship with. -mpg -Original Message-

[OSGeo-Discuss] Finding position based on horizon profile?

2011-03-28 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Consider the following hypothetical problem: Assume we have a good elevation data set for a large region of the earth -- say, an entire mountain range. Now let's say we have a photograph taken from the ground, the horizon of which shows the profile of a couple of the mountains in that range.

[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Jobs list

2011-03-03 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
A gentle, periodic reminder: OSGeo has a jobs mailing list! You can post there if you...: - want a new job - trying to hire someone for a job - - are searching for a contractor or consultant - want to find work as a consultant or contractor - have opportunities for graduate students

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination

2010-11-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
[disclaimer: I'm the one who nominated Dan] Having admired MapWindow from afar from some time, I had the opportunity to spend a couple days with Dan and his team a few months ago and came away very impressed. Dan is doing a great job in bringing C#/.NET into the OSGeo world via the DotSpatial

[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter member candidates, pls step forward!

2010-11-04 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Those of you who've been nominated, feel free to announce yourselves with a few immodestly chosen lines about why we should vote for you! There are a lot of seemingly good candidates, but not enough votes to go around... -mpg ___ Discuss mailing

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: GRASS not in demand, says PennState

2010-10-26 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
in their 1.2 release. -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss- boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:25 PM To: OSGeo Discussions (discuss@lists.osgeo.org) Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] GRASS

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
...it would be easy to determine what the URL for... Alas, it is not clear to me that, even within the US, there is a universally recognized canonicalization of the place name hierarchy, much less the names themselves. For example, you refer to california, as opposed to state_of_california,

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Yeah, yeah, yeah, but if we could just get enough people to all submit data for their own local areas using arbitrary free-form textual tags and maybe provide a voting mechanism for the best submissions, then we could... Oh, wait -- never mind. -mpg -Original Message- From:

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Election 2010

2010-08-17 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Perhaps I missed it, but with the exception of Paolo, I don't see any statements from the nominees themselves? We've done that in past years, and I think it has been helpful to some of us. -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Election 2010

2010-08-17 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
[mailto:discuss- boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Morissette Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:23 AM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Election 2010 Michael P. Gerlek wrote: Perhaps I missed it, but with the exception of Paolo, I don't see any

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Local Chapters Mailing List

2010-07-08 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'm here from the CUGOS gang (Seattle and environs). -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss- boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Seven (aka Arnulf) Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 12:51 PM To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss]

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: land records management with open source GIS

2010-06-22 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
A friend of mine is working in a SA country that has a new policy that all software at the national level must be non-commercial open source. One of these clauses makes sense, one of them does not. Why would you limit yourself to *non* commercial Open Source? (I parsed the original as

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] 5 Star OSGeo project maturity rating

2010-06-10 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Shorter Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:45 PM To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 5 Star OSGeo project maturity rating On 11/06/10 01:59, Michael P. Gerlek wrote: (Along those lines, I'd also ask precisely what ready to start incubation means...) Ready to start incubation implies

[OSGeo-Discuss] Mailing list for .NET work?

2010-03-26 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'm thinking there might be a reasonable number of .NET folks lurking around here, and that it might be nice to have a mailing list for .NET-specific open source geo work -- what projects are being done, what issues people have, etc, etc. If interested, send email (to me or to list, at your

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: GeoWeb CFP Deadline Is This Friday, March 12th]

2010-03-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
[ Some of you know I've been involved in this conference in the past, and indeed am again this year. I like it because it is a very different sort of conference: an unusual mix of industry, academia, government, and other. If you're interested in submitting or have any questions, feel free to

Re: IS EVERYONE HERE FAST ASLEEP? was: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OKF / OSGeo response to the consultation on opening Ordnance Survey data

2010-02-24 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Ditto - it seemed sort of so obvious that I assumed Our Board would just Do the Right Thing. +2 .mpg On Feb 25, 2010, at 1:30 AM, Chris Puttick chris.putt...@thehumanjourney.net wrote: Sorry Jo; Schuyler, personally I hadn't realised a response would be necessary. I'd assumed it would

[OSGeo-Discuss] Anyone going to GeoInt this month?

2009-10-06 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'm going to be at the GeoInt conference in San Antonio in a couple weeks -- if a few others of you are are, maybe we could meet for lunch or something? -mpg ___ Discuss mailing list Discuss@lists.osgeo.org

[OSGeo-Discuss] And is anyone going to, umm, the PDC show?

2009-10-06 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Okay, so the odds are pretty slim, but: if anyone's going to PDC (the Microsoft developers conference) next month, I'd be happy to do a meetup there too. (I'm interested in seeing what's new with MSFT's geo support -- Bing Friends -- as it's been a couple years since I've looked into what

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-30 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I agree, we don't want to compete directly with anyone nor do we want to take an adversarial political stance. However, I'd offer that while the level of awareness of open source GIS offerings has much improved over the past couple years, it still has a ways to go and OSGeo can be a force for

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-30 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Local OSGeo chapters are great, but how about existing non-OSGeo groups? Does OSGeo have a strategy to build communication with them? You mean groups like local ESRI chapters, ASPRS chapters, GIS professionals, etc? I'd encourage the local chapters to find such non-OSGeo local groups and

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-15 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Thinking aloud, a possible contrarian view: A goal like to produce a comprehensive suite of tools [that do X or Y]... doesn't likely fit with OSGeo's broad membership and interests. We are an umbrella organization representing a number of projects, each with its own unique goals and agendas.

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Insurance for contractors?

2009-09-14 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
showing that most of you don't have insurance and yet, happily, the sun still rises every morning. Thanks to all who responded! -mpg -Original Message- From: Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:03 AM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: Insurance for contractors

[OSGeo-Discuss] How not to read a patent

2009-09-03 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Fresh on the heels of word that Google has patented the idea of a search web page [1] and the recent discussions of the value and meaning of patents here and elsewhere, I offer a link to Rob Weir's great advice on how to read patents [2]. [1]

[OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
In the past I've hired some people for contract or consultant work (both open source projects and more general stuff) -- generally these people have been independent, one-man shops found by word of mouth and reputation, as opposed to hiring someone from an agency. I'm getting pushback now from

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
a summary in a few days with no names attached. -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:03 AM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

2009-08-25 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 3:19 PM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms I've not given it much thought recently, to be honest. I'd need to review the current state

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

2009-08-24 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
P. Gerlek Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 4:36 PM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms snip Do you know why there hasn't been a broader adoption of JP2? Not through lack of trying on my part :-) I think the two biggest reasons are: (1

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

2009-08-24 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Number: (209) 992-0658 -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 1:59 PM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and ProprietaryAlgorithms[SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

2009-08-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Friday, 21 August 2009 6:55 AM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms Some clarifications: - MrSID has both lossy and lossless modes - MrSID is not fractal

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats andProprietaryAlgorithms[SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

2009-08-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 9:36 AM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats andProprietaryAlgorithms[SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] Tiling essentially means you can take a large file and compress pieces of it independently

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File FormatsandProprietaryAlgorithms[SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

2009-08-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Someone earlier in this thread spoke about some of these technologies being somewhat obsolete what with the new network and bandwidth speeds available for publishing. I think the comment was that by hiding the data behind a server, you can reduce the users' exposure to a myriad of file

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File FormatsandProprietaryAlgorithms[SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

2009-08-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Yes, JP2 supports signed and unsigned types of up to ~24 bits. And lots of channels (bands). And alpha masking. And arbitrary metadata blobs (geospatial and otherwise). -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo friendly countries to live in

2009-08-20 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Like the subject of patents from a couple weeks ago, we need to be careful of painting these things with too broad a brush. I've got to have MicroStation to work with CALTRANS, AutoCAD to work with my local city, ESRI to work with the County's GIS department, and software from LizardTech

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

2009-08-20 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Some clarifications: - MrSID has both lossy and lossless modes - MrSID is not fractal based; it uses wavelets (and arithmetic encoding) - you can't copyright algorithms; the MrSID source code certainly is, however - MrSID relies on a number of patents, not all of which are owned by LizardTech -

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

2009-08-20 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Landon asked: When you said there is today no open source implementation of JP2 that is suitable for geo work do you mean that there is no open source library that can read and write JP2? If so, who is using the format? There are a few implementations of JP2 around. The Kakadu library,

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms

2009-08-20 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:55 PM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats and Proprietary Algorithms Some clarifications: - MrSID has

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Patent for feature of paper map.

2009-08-07 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
note While I have no absolutely no familiarity with the patent in question, something I've said here before perhaps bears occasional repeating: Patent and IP law is a very deep and complex subject. The vast majority of us laypersons are not qualified to read and evaluate patent claims; what is

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] FYI - US Cong. Hearing on Geospatial Information

2009-07-16 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
(I'm not sure why, but I actually have a sad desire to get up early to watch this next week...) -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Julia Harrell Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:03 PM To:

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Military OSS

2009-07-01 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Atlanta in August? ...As long as they've got good air conditioning! .mpg On Jul 1, 2009, at 7:21 AM, Mark Lucas mluca...@mac.commailto:mluca...@mac.com wrote: Hi All, I am helping to setup a Military open source software conference in @ GTRI in Atlanta in August, no suits/ties, just a

[OSGeo-Discuss] GoeConnextions column - CFP

2009-06-02 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Time for my periodic reminder about OSGeo's monthly column in GeoConnexions magazine. We've published 22(!) articles to date, covering everything from the major OSGeo packages to business-related issues to thoughts on standards and file formats. I'm always on the hunt for more material, so if

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Open source TIN code?

2009-03-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
, or is aware of inaccuracies in my above statements, pls let me know. Thanks. -mpg -Original Message- From: Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 10:17 AM To: 'OSGeo Discussions' Subject: Open source TIN code? The Community has need of BSD-licensed source code for TIN generation

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Open source TIN code?

2009-03-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Yeah, I have anecdotal evidence Isenburg gave the OK (Hobu noted it on the liblas list), but he didn't specify exactly for *what* he was okay with from the tools collection which makes me nervous. If he were to say all of it, then we're all set (I just care about the TINner inside lasview).

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoConnexions column -- see your name in print!

2009-02-02 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Shorter [mailto:cameron.shor...@gmail.com] Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:08 AM To: Michael P. Gerlek Cc: OSGeo Discussions Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoConnexions column -- see your name in print! Michael, Writing about the LiveDVD would be good, it might encourage 1/100 readers to download

[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Top ten myths for open source in geo?

2009-01-24 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Thanks to all who replied! I've posted all the replies (with private replies anonymized) to the wiki -- feel free to edit as you think of more. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Top_Ten_Myths -mpg -Original Message- From: Michael P. Gerlek Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 9:30 AM To: OSGeo

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoConnexions column -- see your name in print!

2009-01-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
In order to estimate a cost, the magazine people need to know (exactly) how much each insert (DVD + sleeve?) weighs. Anyone with a good scale? -mpg -Original Message- From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Cameron Shorter Sent:

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoConnexions column -- see your name in print!

2009-01-22 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
I'll ask. -mpg -Original Message- From: Cameron Shorter [mailto:cameron.shor...@gmail.com] Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:08 AM To: Michael P. Gerlek Cc: OSGeo Discussions Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoConnexions column -- see your name in print! Michael, Writing about

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoConnexions column -- see your name in print!

2009-01-21 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
to you? Michael P. Gerlek wrote: As some of you know, OSGeo runs a monthly column in GeoConnexions magazine about open source issues. We've done 18 articles to date, which have resulted in some good PR (and a bit of cash) for our foundation. If you are interested in submitting a future

Mini-conf in Seattle? (was: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts)

2008-10-09 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
(In Seattle, we go out for a latte.) This is a quick troll to see who'd be interested in coming to (and/or helping organize) a mini-conference in Seattle in spring of '09. Send me email, and I'll follow up later with a summary. -mpg -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Beta-test the GEospatial Applications Registry(GEAR)

2008-10-01 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
It doesn't say who is actually running this site -- is it a govt entity, corporate, non-profit...? Also, the terms of use and privacy policy links aren't clicky. -mpg -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Arnulf Christl (OSGeo) Sent:

[OSGeo-Discuss] GeoInt meetup?

2008-09-23 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
If any of you kindly OSGeo folks are going to GeoInt next month in Nashville and would be interested like to do a meetup-ish thing, drop me a line and maybe we can arrange something. -mpg ___ Discuss mailing list Discuss@lists.osgeo.org

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Looking for OSGeo Slide Show/Presentation Material

2008-08-28 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
(note from the sidelines: I was the one who started the Library, going back a couple years ago, but haven't maintained it in a long time. It definitely needs some love, and would welcome a volunteer to take it over.) -mpg -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Chickens, Boards and Export Restrictions

2008-06-12 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
Aside I interrupt here to point out that of late the Board has been faced with some significant questions about the aim and scope of our organization. This is a good thing: it is what the Board is there for. We the Charter Members are tasked with electing new board members shortly, and thus have

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Voting for new OSGeo Charter Members openuntil 6th June 2008

2008-06-01 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
+1 from here too. All 18 may be indeed be worthy, but moving the goal post once the ball is in play sets a dangerous precedent. -mpg -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Venkatesh Raghavan Sent: Saturday, May 31, 2008 11:14 AM To:

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] No news on the election?

2008-05-29 Thread Michael P. Gerlek
A quick look at the List shows that we've got an impressive a cadre already. But, to misquote, I'll admit that I don't know half of you half as well as I should like: I am sure there are many good candidates out there still lurking, but perhaps too shy to speak up on his or her own behalf. If

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