[OSGeo-Discuss] UK Interoperability Assessment Plugfest - Reply to Mike Saunt

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net
Thu Oct 10 05:14:57 PDT 2013

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well said, I agree. But we may want to improve / enhance this message
some more because it is one of the key aspects of Open Source. You
want it? We want provide to provide it. What do we need? A well
defined scope of the problem (outcome of a plug-fest). To get there we
ideally want a concise user story (plan what plugs to test in the
fest). Then we need a commitment to get the funding to implement it.

As a result you get the feature you need in forseeable time - as Open
Source and for all to share.

For us Open Sourceres this is obvious but for many used to proprietary
software thinking this is not obvious at all. Therfore... /me is
preaching to the converted crowd here, sorry about that. :-)


On 10/09/2013 01:14 PM, Jody Garnett wrote:
> My point was more that a "negative result" is a positive
> opportunity to fund our open source projects :D -- Jody Garnett
> On 09/10/2013, at 8:12 PM, Ian Edwards <iedwards.pub at gmail.com 
> <mailto:iedwards.pub at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Hi Jody, all
>> Take a look at the Iris project on OSGeo live for powerful NetCDF
>> handling http://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/iris_overview.html
>> The OSGeo Live 7.0 version of the NetCDF4 python library
>> dependency is broken, but can be easily fixed with...
>> pip install -I netCDF4==1.0.4
>> Ian
>> On Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM, Jody Garnett
>> <jody.garnett at gmail.com <mailto:jody.garnett at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> For the Sydney "Climate Change Interoperability Plugfest" we had
>> a different kind of response. Much of the climate change data
>> was provided in NetCDF "format" which most of those participating
>> were unable to deal with.
>> This kind of response highlighted an opportunity for funding. -- 
>> Jody Garnett
>> On 01/10/2013, at 6:36 AM, Peter Cotroneo 
>> <Peter.Cotroneo at ordnancesurvey.co.uk 
>> <mailto:Peter.Cotroneo at ordnancesurvey.co.uk>> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'd like to address Mike Saunt's concerns about the negative
>> backlash if software doesn't have a positive outcome during the
>> UK Interoperability Assessment Plugfest.
>>> It’s a valid concern indeed, but the general philosophy of the
>> plugfest is that there should be no negative outcome.  If issues 
>> are uncovered during sprint 1, then vendors have time to either 
>> fix them or to indicate how they will resolve them in the future 
>> through their road maps.  I believe the latter will be seen as 
>> quite positive in the GI industry.
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