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[board-discuss] Re: [tdf-members] Questions for the candidates to the board of directors of the Document Foundation


Here are my responses to the 7 questions:

*1. Do you commit yourself to have enough time and the necessary
technological tools in order to participate to the regularly scheduled
board calls?*
Yes, I'm used to have international meetings on a regular basis. In
particular I have managed the International Conference on Computational
Science and Its Applications (http://www.iccsa.org) since 2004, and
participated to International/European Initiatives (EGEE/EGI European Grid,
COST Actions). I reserved the necessary time for attending the calls and
participating to the mailing lists activities.

2.* Do you commit yourself to follow up and work on (at least) the main
items and actions you have volunteered to oversee or that have been
attributed to you by the board?*
Yes. I am strongly committed on honouring the duties the board will assign,
if elected. In my life, in several occasions I have carried out hard tasks
as a volunteer and I have sacrificed for a project simply because I believed in
its core values and its usefulness to the community. LibreOffice is the
most important project in my life.


3.
*What are your views on the foundation's budget? How should the money be
spent, besides our fixed costs? *
I think the money have to be spent:
1. To pay the professional developers who are working full time or part
time for the project.
2. To launch and finance projects which will strengthen LibreOffice and
make it even more competitive and attractive.
3. To reward the active members on their activities related to TDF (LibO
Conf, International meetings and events, etc)
4. To support people and local communities running events that will
increase the LibreOffice visibility among users.
5. To coordinate the users' activities and the local communities, which are
contributing significantly to the LibreOffice growth, thanks to the
coordination and the facilitation of the migration process they are
carrying on.

4. *Should we work towards broadening our pool of contributors, both
technical and non-technical?*
Yes, definitely. A broader community, made by people active in the various
roles: development, Q&A and User support, localization, migration, is
fundamental in order to facilitate the LibreOffice success among the users.
In particular, being employee of a University, I want to contribute making
LibreOffice more and more popular among students, teachers, employees. I
want to increase the project popularity also for the employees of all
Public Administrations.
As President of the Open Source Competence Center of the Umbria Region from
2007 to 2013, I coordinated several actions in favour of the Open Source in
general and of LibreOffice in particular, inspiring the LibreUmbria
Project. This project is still a headlight for the Italian Community and
for Italian Public Administrations. I co-founded LibreItalia and launched
several training courses on LibreOffice in primary and secondary schools,
signing several agreements with schools and with the Italian Ministry of
Education. I'm also involved in the supporting activities for the Italian
Army migration (150.000 PCs to migrate) and the supporting documentation
developed by LibreUmbria and LibreItalia is still the base on which to
build the new documentation necessary for a so important migration (second
in Europe, largest in Italy).

5.
*Should the Foundation -as an entity distinct from the LibreOffice project
or the Document Liberation project- engage into growing its influence and
promoting and defending Free Software and Digital Freedom? It is, after
all, an integral part of its mission per its very Statutes. If yes, do you
have ideas on what should be done about this? *
Yes, I think TDF has a strong vocation to be the headlight at the worldwide
level in favour of Free Software and Digital Freedom, being the most
important and fascinating success story of the last six years and for its
intrinsic strength, in cooperation with Free Software Foundation and other
organizations sharing the same aim.
I think the success story of the British Government and its commitment in
favour of Open Formats and Open Data has to be considered as reference for
similar actions to be carry on worldwide.

6. *How do you view your (potential) role as a member of the board of
directors, given that this position does not give you any specific
functional role inside the LibreOffice or Document Liberation projects?*
As member of the Board of Directors, if elected, I will be in charged,
representing the community, to take the right decisions, contributing with
new ideas. I think that the community may growth and LibreOffice may evolve
and become always a better software suite, if the Board is able to
harmonize the various souls and tendencies and take the right and prompt
decisions.


7.* What is the biggest problem of the foundation in your opinion? What is
its biggest opportunity?*
I think the biggest problem of the foundation is the financing scheme,
since even if till now the users have supported the foundation almost on a
regular basis, such income is not certain. However I think that, if TDF
will assume the proper actions, such funds will continue to be available
and even to increase.
The biggest TDF opportunity is inherent in its own history and in the
successful development of LibreOffice. What TDF has done since the origins
has to be consolidated and increased. TDF has in my vision the tremendously
important  opportunity to transform the productivity of companies, public
administrations and end users, guaranteeing the wide adoption of Open
Formats and Open Data.

2015-11-02 17:38 GMT+01:00 Charles-H. Schulz <
charles.schulz@documentfoundation.org>:

Dear candidates to the board of directors of the Document Foundation,

I would first like to thank you for running as candidates for the board of
directors. At this time, not every candidate has declared his or her
candidacy. However, I would like to ask a few questions about your views
and intentions regarding the Document Foundation and your plans as
potential directors of the entity. I hope they will be helpful in
englightening our membership and hopefully, all of you will be able to
answer them.

1. Do you commit yourself to have enough time and the necessary
technological tools in order to participate to the regularly scheduled
board calls?


2. Do you commit yourself to follow up and work on (at least) the main
items and actions you have volunteered to oversee or that have been
attributed to you by the board?


3. What are your views on the foundation's budget? How should the money be
spent, besides our fixed costs?


4. Should we work towards broadening our pool of contributors, both
technical and non-technical?


5. Should the Foundation -as an entity distinct from the LibreOffice
project or the Document Liberation project- engage into growing its
influence and promoting and defending Free Software and Digital Freedom? It
is, after all, an integral part of its mission per its very Statutes. If
yes, do you have ideas on what should be done about this?


6. How do you view your (potential) role as a member of the board of
directors, given that this position does not give you any specific
functional role inside the LibreOffice or Document Liberation projects?


7. What is the biggest problem of the foundation in your opinion? What is
its biggest opportunity?


Thank you for your answers,

Charles-H. Schulz.


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