[OSGeo-Discuss] osgeo board request world wind consider joining the foundation

Hogan, Patrick (ARC-PX) patrick.hogan at nasa.gov
Sat Jun 9 15:31:30 PDT 2018

Jody, Howdy!

Despite every attempt to support OSGeo and the principles therein, WorldWind seems to always be met with something missing. I am not WorldWind. WorldWind is an open source platform that has been dedicated to delivering geospatial data for 15 years now.

I’m sure WorldWind would like to be embraced by OSGeo, but somehow it seems WorldWind has never learned the special handshake. I am old now and retiring soon, so others will need to take the lead, if there is one to take. I have repeatedly expressed the desire for WorldWind to be, as you put it, “a part of the OSGeo family.”

As an ESA-NASA open source project, in full support of OSGeo principles, I do not understand why WorldWind is not “part of the OSGeo family.” I hope OSGeo will choose to ^adopt^ ESA-NASA WorldWind someday as part of their family, someday.

For my part, I plan to return to my former career, some 30-plus years ago, as a High School science teacher. Now I am looking forward to work with Kindergarten kids, pretty much the ‘unhinged’ ^wild bunch^ with whom I feel closest too.

May OSGeo be the ‘big tent’ it can be for the world of Open Source Geospatial software.


From: Jody Garnett [mailto:jody.garnett at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:05 AM
To: Hogan, Patrick (ARC-PX); OSGeo-incubator
Subject: osgeo board request world wind consider joining the foundation

Morning Patrick (and incubation list).

The most recent board meeting has a request for the incubation committee to ask you about World Wind joining OSGeo. See Discuss and approve OSGeo as partner for UN World Challenge 2018<https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2018-06-06#Discuss_and_approve_OSGeo_as_partner_for_UN_World_Challenge_2018>.

As I understand it the GeoForAll is wanting to take part due to the educational outreach nature of the challenge, but feels awkward since the project is not part of the OSGeo family. The way I figure it is that GeoForAll, just like the foundation, has a goal of supporting the adoption of all open source spatial projects. And should be held back by what projects have decide to join our foundation.

By the same token our website lists all open source mapping projects, including ESA-NASA World Wind<https://www.osgeo.org/projects/esa-nasa-worldwind/>. That page is really sparse and does not tell the public very much about the project, perhaps that is something to work on? Indeed if you fill in some more information it will show up in choose-a-project when visitors are seeking new software.

With respect to World Wind joining the foundation as a community project the invitation is made to all open source mapping projects, we are here if you have time to take part in our family. Until then we are happy to support world wind in a more limited capacity (Website,GeoForAll).

All the best and happy mapping
Jody Garnett
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