[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] OSGeo and LocationTech

Andrew Ross andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Mon Sep 10 07:42:10 PDT 2012

On 09/08/2012 04:38 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Andrew, I'm moving this conversation over to OSGeo Discuss list so 
> that it has the opportunity for wider discussion.
Thank you Cameron. And hello everyone.
> Extracting from a conversation on the board email list ...
> On 09/09/12 00:25, Andrew Ross wrote:
>> If there is a close relationship between OSGeo & LocationTech, say 
>> where there is a natural progression of projects into OSGeo and then 
>> to LocationTech as they mature and look for corporate adoption & 
>> contributions, the Steering Committee may see good value in financial 
>> support. We are creating a program modelled after Friends of Eclipse 
>> which enables individual sponsorship for a modest amount. This 
>> program is designed to raise funds explicitly for the community. A 
>> close relationship with OSGeo helping to direct those funds might 
>> make a lot of sense.
>> These are things going on at LocationTech in any case. Maybe they 
>> make sense to get involved with or perhaps not. I'm glad to discuss 
>> if there's potential.
> 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?
Yes, at this point it looks like this can work fine.

A project needs to comply with governance/requirements be it those of 
OSGeo or LocationTech. There is much overlap in this regard. In terms of 
difference, LocationTech appears to have more rigour in terms of code 
provenance, digging through prerequisites to detect potentially 
undesirable licensing issues, trademark search, and such. The bill of 
good health that results is seen as desirable by many companies when 
considering reuse & investment in the project.


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