Do you know somebody who is involved with Open Source geospatial software, education or geospatial open data and could contribute to OSGeo’s [http://www.osgeo.org/about mission and goals]? Each year new Charter Members are elected to grow and diversify the activities of the Foundation. Anybody can nominate anybody, there is no requirement for a prior formal involvement with OSGeo. Why not consider to make a [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2013 nomination for Charter Membership]? Find out more about [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Membership_Process#Positive_Attributes positive attributes] expected from new Charter Members.
OSGeo Charter Members maintain the integrity of the Foundation. They “own” the Foundation, elect new Charter Members and the Board of Directors. OSGeo uses the term “Charter” Member to explicitly indicate that these members are responsible for upholding the “Charter” of the Foundation. We emphasize that the only real difference between any regular member and a Charter Member is the responsibility to vote at the Foundation level. It is not our intent to make the Charter Members some “privileged” class. All mailing lists, projects, committees, and other Foundation activities are uniformly open and available to all friends of the Foundation.
Charter Members are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors which is responsible for regular day to day operations of the Foundation. Part of the Board of Directors is renewed each year. Nominations and election of new board members take place in August. Read more about the [http://www.osgeo.org/membership Foundation Membership].
The 2013 Charter Member nomination period runs for two weeks starting from 2013-07-09 and ending on 2013-07-23. Find all details here: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2013