[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGEO & OGC spec development

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Tue Jul 17 13:36:11 PDT 2007

It appears that some of my concerns about problems with OGC membership
remain in place. I'm disappointed to learn that non-members are no
longer allowed to join in the discussion.

The individual membership option also presents challenges for some open
source developers like myself, who have a day job that doesn't pay for
their involvement in an open source project, or for any type of
programming. I know $400.00 doesn't sound like a lot, but you probably
haven't tried asking my wife to write that check either. :]

Raj wrote: " You can qualify if no one else (such as a full-time
employer) has legal rights to all your work."

I imagine this could also present some problems for some of our OSGeo

In the end, I think the OSGeo membership system is far superior to the
one at the OGC. It is based on participation and qualifications, not on
money. It is one of the main reasons I try to be involved at some level
in this organization, and not at any level in the other one. :]

Perhaps the OSGeo could approach the OGC about some form of alternative
membership system for open source projects. I hate to see the open
source community excluded from the standards development process. I
really think everyone could benefit if our voices were included.

Then again, this may not bother other people like it bothers me. So I'll
stop my complaining now. :]

The Sunburned Surveyor

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Raj Singh
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGEO & OGC spec development

But there is now officially an individual membership category. Info  
isn't up on the web site yet, but I think its $400/year. You can  
qualify if no one else (such as a full-time employer) has legal  
rights to all your work.

On Jul 17, 2007, at 4:23 PM, Paul Ramsey wrote:

> That's not an option any more, only members and prospective members  
> may attend TC henceforth.
> Ian Turton wrote:
>> You could also just attend the meetings as a non-member as Paul  
>> Ramsey
>> does sometimes, or just ask some of us who do go to meetings to make
>> your points for you.

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