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[steering-discuss] Running for a BoD-Seat at the TDF

Hi all,

I'll announce my candidacy for a Board of Directors seat at The Document Foundation

Who am I?

I'm  Andreas Mantke, 52 years old, maried and father of two boys. I live in Duisburg, 
North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. I work for a social security institution called 
Deutsche Rentenversicherung Rheinland in Düsseldorf. I'm there an office-worker and 
had to deal with rules and regulations. Thus I'm very familiar with the German law.

I worked since autumn 2002 for the community of I was there 
responsible for the documentation inside the German speaking lang-project for a long 
time and started the work on Portable there. I wrote also some 
documentation myself, that were published on ther projects website.
I worked with the OOo-extensions-site-project since it's beginning and upgraded the 
OOoAuthors-Site to a new Plone environment. I gave also some presentations about (Portable) at conferences and other events and run some bothes 
together with other project members. I'm with TDF and LibreOffice since it's 

I'm one of the founders of the German association Freies Office Deutschland e.V., but 
I have no special role there.

What have I done for TDF / LibreOffice?

I continued my work with presentations and running both together with other project 
members. Thus we had a both at the Open Rhein Ruhr in Oberhausen and at the Cebit in 
Hannover. I set up a new environment for the former OOoAuthors-team (now ODFAuthors) 
and the German speaking documentation team. I did also some Easy Hacks on the 
LibreOffice code base (especially translation of comments).
Currently I'm working on the new LibreOffice extensions and template repository and 
cooperate there with the Plone community.

Why do I candidate for a seat in BoD?

I'm very convinced that we need an open source and free software office suite and 
that this development should be done under the hat of our own independent 
meritocratic organisation. Thus I'm supporting The Document Foundation from is 
announcement.  If I'll be a member of the board, I'll work together with the other 
board members to shape and grow up the foundation. I think that I could also help 
with the paperwork, especially in relation to German authorities, because I have some 
experience with this from my daily job and know the German language well ;-).

If you have questions, please ask.

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