[Linux-aus] Open Source Industry Association call for nominations - ends Friday 9th Nov

James Polley jamezpolley at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 18:06:48 AEDT 2018

Hi all,

(Please note that I'm writing this email in a purely personal capacity)

It's come to my attention that the Open Source Industry Association call
for nominations for directors for the 2018 board has opened, and closes
this Friday November 9.

OSIA is an organisation that I feel has substantially complementary
interests with Linux Australia. Where LA works to support the community
through financial sponsorship of events and user groups, OSIA works to
support the community by representing companies and other organisations
within Australia who invest in or build their future on FOSS. Primarily
this has been done through public policy work - including making direct
representations to government, but also working with the press and other
bodies to build awareness of issues that affect our ability to work on
FOSS.  A detailed report on the work OSIA has done over the last few years
- including representations to government on various issues, and the
outcomes that have been achieved, is in [2]

Just like LA relies on volunteers to serve on the Council, OSIA relies on
volunteers to serve on the Board (different names, equivalent functions).
If you're someone who relies on being able to work on FOSS in order to earn
a living, I'd urge you to look into OSIA and consider whether you could
potentially assist by standing for election to the Board.

(I'll be saying something similar about the Linux Australia council in a
few weeks)

The full call for nominations is at [1] and the Annual Report for the year
is at [2]. In case you missed the subject, note that the call for
nominations closes on Friday the 9th November, and you'll need to be a
financial member - and seconded by another financial member in order to
stand for election. Full details on how to nominate are in the FAQ at [1].

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