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PgUS: Fall 2008 Board Elections: Nominees: Andrew Dunstan

Nominee Name: Andrew Dunstan

Affiliation: Dunslane Consulting, LLC – President/Principal Consultant. Core Committer on the PostgreSQL project

Email: andrew --- a t --- dunslane [ dot ] net

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I am honored to have been nominated for the PostgreSQL.US board by Bruce
Momjian, "Mr PostgreSQL".


Over the last six years I have contributed many features to PostgreSQL,
including dollar quoting, and CSV import/export. I am currently working on
enabling pg_restore to run most of its steps in parallel, which will
potentially reduce restore times dramatically.


I am also the creator and maintainer of the PostgreSQL Buildfarm, which
has revolutionized the PostgreSQL development process.


I have been a core PostgreSQL committer for more than three years.


On the community side, I was one of the first administrators on pgFoundry, and
I am still one of the admins. I also am frequently to be found on IRC
(nick: oicu) giving help and advice especially to new users who find PostgreSQL
a little daunting.


I have attended four PostgreSQL conferences in the last two years or so,
delivering well received talks at three of them.


My principal interest in running for this position is to foster two areas
where we have been sadly lacking.


First, we need to be much more aggressive and organized about raising funds
and sponsorship for new features and developments. This has tended to be far
too ad hoc in the past. I see PostgreSQL.US as an organization that can pursue
fund raising and granting of funds in a much more methodical way than has
been done up to now. I think we need to have some specific campaigns for
specific audiences, explicit fund-raising targets, etc.


Second, we need to be more aggressive in promoting PostgreSQL as a good
platform for experimentation and research in the academic arena. We need to be
active in talking to academics and researchers about the good case for basing
new work on PostgreSQL. The potential benefits of this are incalculable. If
academics are doing research based on PostgreSQl they might well also do
teaching based on PostgreSQL. And if they develop some new killer feature,
there won't be any need to port it - we'll be the first cab off the rank.
PostgreSQL's modularity and very high quality code base make it in many ways an
ideal research platform, and we need to get the word out about it. As
someone who spent some years in academia, I am well placed to work on this.


I am prepared to spend time and resources on both of these tasks. I have
considerable discretion in the allocation of my time, so arranging to
devote some time to PostgreSQL.US will not be a problem. (Example: we will
shortly be going to represent PostgreSQL at the Ohio Linux Fest.)


As an independent consultant, I make my living almost entirely from PostgreSQL
work - both in working on new features and in helping users to make the most
of their Postgres installations. This gives me a unique perspective in
talking to academics and business users, as well as our wonderful community
of volunteers without whom Postgres would be much the poorer.


I look forward to PostgreSQL.US being a very useful addition to the
PostgreSQL community.

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