[gdal-dev] Sustainable GDAL initiative and fundraising

Paolo Cavallini cavallini at faunalia.it
Thu Apr 15 06:58:03 PDT 2021

Great news, thanks Even!
Long life GDAL.

Il 15/04/21 15:31, Even Rouault ha scritto:
> All,
> I wanted to inform you about an initiative that the PSC recently
> started, and which is now sufficiently advanced to share and develop
> further publicly along with the larger GDAL community. As you all know,
> GDAL is a foundational piece of the open-source and proprietary
> geospatial software ecosystem. While the project has successfully
> attracted contributions for adding new features and capabilities, it
> lacked financial capacity and a vehicle to support difficult-to-fund
> maintenance and infrastructure.
> The PSC recently applied to be fiscally hosted by NumFOCUS
> (https://numfocus.org) to receive donations to provide that vehicle (*).
> I should underline that GDAL is and will continue to remain a OSGeo
> project for all other concerns.
> We approached a first round of potential sponsors and received
> substantial multi-year pledges, which make us confident that our minimum
> target, of being able to fund the equivalent of a full-time senior
> engineer for three years, will eventually be reached. These resources
> will help fund *several* co-maintainers, enable increasing the bus
> factor of the project, and address the many tasks (ticket triaging and
> addressing, CI maintenance, pull request reviews, release management,
> etc.) needed to make it even better.
> The sponsorship funding will be entirely used for activities that
> benefit the project and its associated dependencies such as PROJ,
> libgeotiff, and libtiff. The PSC will be developing procedures and
> details of how the sponsorship resources will be allocated, and we will
> update the GDAL website with them as they are finalized.
> Finally, we would like to thank our initial sponsors, who have provided
> the project with generous three-year pledges of support:
> - Platinium (50k USD/yr): Microsoft and Planet
> - Gold (25k USD/yr): Esri, Google, Safe Software
> - Silver (10k USD/yr): Koordinates, Sparkgeo, Mapgears
> On behalf of the PSC,
> Even
> (*) NumFocus being a 501(c)3 organization, donations from US companies
> and persons are tax deductible.
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Paolo Cavallini
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