[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] OSGeo and LocationTech

Barry Rowlingson b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Sun Sep 9 06:08:16 PDT 2012

On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 9:38 PM, Cameron Shorter
<cameron.shorter at gmail.com> wrote:

> Andrew, I'd like to suggest extending your thought to suggest that
> projects can be members of "OSGeo" AND "LocationTech" rather than OSGeo
> OR LocationTech. Any reason why that wouldn't work?

 Any organisation that exists as a federation of smaller projects
should have procedures for inclusion and exclusion from the group,
whether that exclusion is at the request of the subgroup or forced
removal by the overall management. Such procedures may not have
stopped the American Civil War, but that does not make them useless.

 Such organisations may also wish to specify exclusivity in their
membership clauses, although such clauses are hard to write since at
the time of codification the other organisations may not exist, and a
wide ranging "members may not also be a member of any other
organisation that the government says" may be unenforcable.

 I am not a lawyer, but I did date a girl with a law degree and in
idle moments I did get through most of a book on contract law.


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