[Board] Incubation, osgeo-EU and FOSS4G

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed May 11 16:16:06 PDT 2016


Small clarification on LocationTech:

> OSGeo is about mutually sharing experiences, ideas, solutions not building
> business. For this LocationTech which is a community of companies /
> entities I understood is more suited.
>
I have very much joined LocationTech as an individual and have the pleasure
of working with a diverse range of people from a range of organizations.

Specifically LocationTech is focused on open source software and outreach.
The organization does very well at supporting those who are new to open
source (providing a governance model to follow) and provides excellent
resources and support for projects that join.

* You may be surprised that OSGeo has more of a business focus - during
incubation we check if a project is viable in the business sense as we are
risk adverse to project our members.
* By contrast LocationTech lets market forces (ie popularity) determine
which projects succeed and fail and does not consider this factor when
evaluating a project.

Neither foundation provides business development, although events such as
foss4g or the locationtech tour can certainly provide sponsorship
opportunities and an opportunity to meet community members (and customers).
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