[Marketing] OSGeo email address

I am one of the "ole' VisCom members"
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Promotion_and_Visibility_Committee#List_of_Ole.27VisCom_Members and just now added myself to the new member list at Marketing. I don't attend Marketing IRC meetings regularly but take care of OSGeo Marketing at the Local Chapter level. Last weekend we (Arnulf and me) had a meeting with GAV e.V. (operator of FreeGIS.org and account holder for local OSGeo/FOSSGIS funds) to further formalize "OSGeo DACH". Besides these activities I officially represent OSGeo at several events like Intergeo, AGIT, Geo MV Forum and others when OSGeo operates a booth, etc. I am also member of the organizing team of the German language FOSSGIS conference (http://www.fossgis.de).

Currently I do all of this using my WhereGroup email address which is not really appropriate. To have a more official and at the same more neutral background to do these things I wanted to request for an OSGeo email address for the communication with the contact persons of the conferences or the trade shows. It should have an official ring, I guess torsten.brassat@osgeo.org or tbrassat@osgeo.org or brassat@osgeo.org should be fine. I have not found any kind of official document describing who is entitled to operate with an OSGeo mail address, so maybe this needs to be further discussed.

I also suggest that we design a signature for official OSGeo mail addresses to further build the corporate identity.
Thanks for your efforts,

Torsten Brassat

FOSSGIS Konferenz
Freie und Open Source Software für GIS
vom 01.-03. April 2008 in Freiburg

Torsten Brassat
Marketing & Interne Organisation

WhereGroup GmbH & Co. KG
Siemensstraße 8
53121 Bonn

Fon: +49 (0)228 / 90 90 38 - 12
Fax: +49 (0)228 / 90 90 38 - 11

Email: torsten.brassat@wheregroup.com
Web: www.wheregroup.com
Amtsgericht Bonn, HRA 6788
WhereGroup Verwaltungs GmbH
vertreten durch:
Arnulf Christl, Olaf Knopp, Peter Stamm

On 29-Feb-08, at 2:15 PM, Torsten Brassat wrote:

It should have an official ring, I guess torsten.brassat@osgeo.org

Hi Torsten,
I know Arnulf made this argument for you before - so your alias was already set up at the above address last year. The marketing committee itself hasn't really played a role in determining who gets addresses, it's kind of been left up to the board at this point.

I don't have any real opinions about who should be able to have such an address, but I think the primary challenge is to make sure they are used to help build value for OSGeo and not merely helping build value for the user :slight_smile: