As in every year, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation will have an election process to allow anyone in the community to become active in the growth of the foundation, by becoming a Charter Member; new people bring new energy, points of view, and diversity. Do you know somebody who is involved with Open Source geospatial software, education or geospatial open data and could contribute to [http://www.osgeo.org/about OSGeo’s mission and goals]? Anybody can nominate anybody, there is no requirement for a prior formal involvement with OSGeo. Please consider [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2014 making a 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, they 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 2014 Charter Member nomination period runs for two weeks starting from 2014-07-19 and ending on 2014-08-01. Find all details [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2014 here].