Elections 2016

LocationTech Elections for 2016 will be held in March & April. Elections will be run for Committer & Member representatives for its Steering Committee. This is the body that provides guidance and makes decisions to control the strategic direction of LocationTech including budget. Read more about the Elections.

The following are the key dates for this election:

  • Nominations closed  March 31st. To nominate someone, please email elections at locationtech dot org. Candidates are allowed to self-nominate.
    • There are 2 elected seats for committer representatives. To run, or vote in this election, you must be a committer on a LocationTech project.
    • There are 2 elected seats for participant member representatices. To run, or vote in this election, you must be a participant member representative.
  • Polls have now CLOSED (as of  end of day April 21).
  • The results have been calculated and are as follows:
    • Elected Participant Representatives: Robert Cheetham (re-elected) and Eddie Pickle.
    • Elected Committer Representatives: Jody Garnett (re-elected) and Jim Hughes.

The following are the candidates:

Committer Representative Candidates Participating Member Representative Candidates

Jody Garnett

Jody Garnett, Senior Software Engineer, Boundless

(Jody is running for re-election)

LocationTech is seeing amazing growth and maturity with new members and our first crop of graduated projects. As I seek reelection I could not be more proud of our community and the committers I have the honour to represent.

My vision, as a committer representative, remains simple: welcoming new members and encourage new projects, and spreading the word about LocationTech.

My key focus as your represented is to make things easier:

  • Encourage our projects in incubation with events such as our recent incubation sprint in Victoria
  • Work on effective scheduling of project and eclipse resources for incubation
  • Co-ordinate IP dependency review to reduce ongoing effort
  • Act as a bridge between our members and individual committers

I would like to, as a steering committee member, continue to facilitate collaboration between LocationTech and external organizations. I currently serve as an OSGeo board member providing a unique opportunity to improve communication. In this respect I am really appreciated the productive and professional attitude of our developer community and enthusiasm for project collaboration.

If successful as your representative I seek the opportunity to work on the technological roadmap for LocationTech. There are some exciting opportunities ahead, a few gaps in our architecture to fill, a some great work ahead of us.

Jody is co-lead of the uDig project, and is a committer on the JTS and GeoGig projects.

Robert Cheetham

Robert Cheetham, Founder and CEO, Azavea

(Robert is running for re-election)

As the founder of a software business that relies on open source technology as well as one that is leading the incubation of two LocationTech projects – GeoTrellis and SFCurve - I am keenly interested in the success of the LocationTech working group and will work hard to represent the needs of the Participating Members.

As LocationTech enters its fourth year, it is becoming both an increasingly visible working group at Eclipse and an important member of the broader open source geospatial community. However, only a couple of projects have graduated from incubation yet, and LocationTech’s architectural priorities remain to be defined. As a representative of the Participating Members, my priorities for 2016 will be:

  • Eclipse process improvement: Reinforce the importance of recent changes to Eclipse processes (support for GitHub and alternatives to Bugzilla) that will make LocationTech more attractive to more agile teams and advocate for ongoing improvements to the onboarding and incubation processes.
  • New project review: Advocate for projects that will support and enable future innovation in geospatial data processing and visualization; and, after a project joins LocationTech, advocate for resources to support incubation.
  • LocationTech brand: Help define a brand for LocationTech that reflects contemporary open source technology projects, and work to improve the relationship between LocationTech and other open source geospatial projects.
  • LocationTech Vision: Articulate a vision for the LocationTech community and open source geospatial community that we want to see in three to five years.
  • Listen to the community:  Represent the interests of LocationTech members as well as to reflect on how LocationTech can effectively represent the interests of the broader open source geospatial community.

Jim Hughes, Mathematician, CCRi

I am seeking election to the Steering Committee representing LocationTech committers. As a product owner for GeoMesa, I have been representing the project on the LocationTech Project Management Committee. GeoMesa is one of the first projects through the LocationTech incubation process, and I would love a chance to help other projects graduate! I am also a co-lead for the SFCurve project with Rob Emanuele. I would be honored to serve the community by participating in the Steering Committee. LocationTech is home to a number of projects which are forming the basis for geospatial solutions related to both mobile and big data environments. With projects ranging from foundational libraries to enterprise-ready products, LocationTech's goals are diverse.

As a representative, my goals for the coming year would be:
* To help ease other projects through the IP review and Eclipse incubation process.
* To foster collaboration with the IoT and Science working groups.
* To help build broader community for smaller projects with few committers.
* To find ways for larger projects to share common code easily.  

Robert Cheetham Jamie Conklin, Director of Business Development and Strategy, CCRi

I am a director in a small analytics firm, and from that perspective I can clearly see the value LocationTech provides to both the providers and consumers of location-based technology. I worked with my company’s development team as GeoMesa moved through LocationTech’s incubation process and graduated as a mature project. This process has not only provided structure to our management and governance, but helped us improve the quality of the software.

I am eager to serve on the steering committee because LocationTech is a key partner in sustaining and growing a mutually-reinforcing portfolio of open-source projects. For the last ten years, I have collaborated with many small teams within my company to align our portfolio of projects. I’ve done this by facilitating communication and fostering collaboration across the company. In many ways, the objectives I’ve worked towards internally are very similar to those I would seek within the LocationTech community. Specifically, as a member of this committee, I will seek to:

  1. Shape the organization's roadmap to enhance synergy, interoperability, and relevance,
  2. Foster communication and collaboration between LocationTech community members as well as those in the larger geospatial community,
  3. Represent the needs and desires of the participant projects to the organization, with a specific focus on bringing new projects through the incubation pipeline, and
  4. Represent the interests of businesses that seek to build sustainable commercial services around an open-source ecosystem.

In short, I want to participate in the creation of a high-value ecosystem of geospatial technologies whose combined value far exceeds the sum of its parts. I’m a consensus driven leader and I love helping technologies achieve their greatest potential.

Picture of Rob EmanueleRob Emanuele, Software Developer, Azavea

I am running to represent the LocationTech committers on the Steering Committee. I have been involved with LocationTech as the project lead for the GeoTrellis project and on the Project Management Committee. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve LocationTech as a member of the Steering Committee.

Historically, free software and its ideals of openness and sharing were viewed to be in direct opposition with the proprietary nature of for-profit companies. This has long been changing, and now many for-profit ventures not only rely on open source technologies to operate, but can be the greatest resource of code contributions and support back to the community. The open source ecosystem has now become a core pillar of our software economy that all members of the community, from the freelance hacker to a large for-profit company, rest on.

It has become clear that companies have a lot to gain from supporting a healthy open source community, and LocationTech helps facilitate that support. LocationTech connects the geospatial open source developer and user communities to a membership-backed support system that enables their mutual benefit. It is a place to develop leading open source geospatial technologies, and to innovate with the support of commercial members who understand that what’s best for the community is best for themselves.

While the polarizing and caricatured clash between free software and for-profit has tempered in light of the reality of the situation, there is still some merit to it’s origins: the ideals of open source and commercial interests can come into conflict. This is precisely why a clear and empowered governance structure like the one LocationTech has in place is so important. The Steering Committee is mostly comprised of Strategic and Participating members who are part of the open source community and working to push our community as a whole forward. However, in the rare case that corporate interests and the open source community come into conflict, it would be unfair to insist that those members speak out against the interests of their companies. The inclusion of committer chairs allow for strong representation of the development community in the collaboration that makes up our LocationTech Steering Committee.

As a member of the Steering Committee, I will represent the voice and interests of the committers. I am an open source developer, and I believe strongly in the core principles of open source: By sharing what we know and code we have written, we help move each of ourselves forward as a whole. By collaborating, we discover knowledge faster and build something better than we could have in isolation. These are the principles that will guide my participation.

Along with being a strong voice to represent the committers, here are some challenges that I’d like to see LocationTech tackle in the upcoming year:

  • To define LocationTech’s role in the broader open source geospatial community, and to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between us and other members of our larger community.
  • To continue to grow the resources for developers to collaborate on common technologies and share information about common technological problems and solutions.
  • To continue to grow support for non-Java and non-JVM technologies.
  • To promote collaboration between LocationTech and other Eclipse Foundation Working Groups.

Picture of Dr. Steve LiangDr. Steve Liang, CEO, Sensor Up

It will be my honour if I could have the opportunity to represent LocationTech members on the steering committee. My vision for LocationTech is to empower everyone to innovate with geospatial technologies effortlessly. To be more specific, I will devote myself on the following aspects:

  • Open Source Geospatial Software and Open Geospatial Standards: in order to unleash the potential of geospatial data and technologies, both open source geospatial software and open geospatial standards are critical. Being a long and active member of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and editor/co-editor of several OGC standard specifications, I believe I can be an effective ambassador stimulating collaborations between the two communities.
  • LocationTech and Research/Academic Communities: As a teacher and researcher, I see the importance of open source geospatial software for students and researchers first hand. I will help forming an effective strategy to promote the awareness and usefulness of LocationTech technologies in research and academic communities. The ultimate goal is to attract more LocationTech projects and committers from research-driven universities.
  • LocationTech and Internet of Things: Space and time are always relevant to the Internet of Things, e.g., the observations collected by the IoT devices, and the tasks performed by the IoT devices. My research group (GeoSensor Web Lab) and my company (SensorUp) recently proposed the Eclipse Whiskers project, that is a LocationTech and IoT co-listed project. One of my visions is to facilitate collaborations and innovations of Location-based IoT.

Dr. Steve Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Founder/CEO of SensorUp. His research focuses on data management issues for the geospatial Internet of Things, especially on managing, analyzing and visualizing large amount of spatio-temporal data streams from heterogeneous IoT devices. Steve is the editor of the Open Geospatial Consortium SensorThings API standard specification and the North American Chair of the OGC University Domain Working Group. Steve is also the project lead of Whiskers project, a proposed Eclipse project implementing the OGC SensorThings API connecting heterogeneous Internet of Things devices over the Web.


Picture of Eddie PickleEddie Pickle, Managing Director of Open Source Technologies, RadiantBlue

LocationTech has been vital to my work since its founding. The LocationTech Working Group started when I was at OpenGeo/Boundless, where open source was key to our business strategy. Now I’m at a company (RadiantBlue) where open source is just beginning the process of becoming core. I understand the important and growing role LocationTech plays in both kinds of organizations, as well as in the geospatial software industry as a whole.

As many of you know, one of my long-term objectives is for the open source geospatial community to grow its ecosystem to be every bit an equal to the proprietary geo software one. As a Participating Member representative I would continue to work to help LocationTech grow and enrich its educational, meeting, and software developer resources. Planning, developing and executing FOSS4G North America, FedGeoDay, LocationTech tour and other events – in a way that brings value to both the software developer community and the ecosystem of commercial, government and NGO organizations around it – are critically important to me.

I have worked with LocationTech in its initial activities to reach out to the open data community, and would be a strong advocate for that. I believe LocationTech’s value to its growing roster of open source, location aware big data and mobile software projects would be greatly enhanced by collaboration with citizen, government and commercial open data and data commons interests.