[OSGeo-Discuss] Incubator Sponsor idea.

Bob Basques Bob.Basques at ci.stpaul.mn.us
Fri Sep 12 11:27:24 PDT 2008

I was thinking about a bit more separation in functionality than you describe, but it seems like the same process could work.
I guess I'm trying to figure out a way to let smaller projects in the door, and let the mainstay project leaders decide if the smaller projects have enough merit to nurture further or not.
I have  a few different things I've put together that use MapServer as a service, but they are all seemingly small project.  As an example, I have a Raster distribution service based on MapServer that we use to populate our engineering AutoCAD sessions, it's really just some specialized scripting in the AutoCAD instance, but I'm sure there are folks out there that would re-use if I put it out as a project.  I would just barely have the time to put together a basic how-to for something like this and publish it, but it wouldn't get much in the way of support focus because of my own time constraints.  I have something similar for Google ion the Works, as well as Sketchup sessions.  These smaller projects have all had great success here internally, and are all built as standalone services so they can be mixed and matched as the business needs require.
Some might argue that they are all one thing, while other might want them to remain separated.  Anyway, just some more thoughts on the subject.

>>> Jody Garnett <jgarnett at refractions.net> wrote:
Hi Bob; you will find that a few of the open source projects nurture new 
talent this way.

The GeoTools library has the facilities in place to allow new developers 
to come online and start an "unsupported" module with the support of the 
community. Each module in GeoTools is an entire project (often making 
use of the same interfaces and so forth).  When a module meets the QA 
requirements it can be included in the GeoTools download for the general 

Is this what you had in mind?

I understand that some something similar to Jakarta is often requested 
from the OSGeo foundation. Thus far the incubation committee has been 
really focused on getting existing projects through our incubation 
process (and defining what the expectations are for such projects).


Bob Basques wrote:
> All,
> I have a question about a possible way to get some smaller projects 
> into the system without the requirements of going full bore (as I 
> perceive it now)  I'm not really targeting any project per se at this 
> point, but . . .
> What about have a "Super" project that can act as a sponsor for a 
> smaller project.  When I say smaller, I mean where there might only be 
> one, two or three developers.  The end result being that the "Super" 
> project basically vouches for the smaller project in some fashion for 
> it to get some sort of OSGEO stamp applied to it.   This could 
> possibly be a criteria where some of the established vetting is 
> handled via a voucher system, where other "Super" projects can add 
> their credentials to the mix over time.
> Just a thought, still a little muddled too, but it seems like there 
> might be something workable in the concept.  Any other thoughts?
> bobb
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