[GRASS5] GRASS Project Steering Committee and more

Markus Neteler neteler at itc.it
Wed Apr 5 18:29:34 EDT 2006

Dear all,

since the earlier proposed Contributor Agreement of the OSGeo 
Foundation is a non-issue now (no longer a requirement),
I would like to push the idea again of forming a Project
Steering Committee. In any case we should have such a 
structure to make GRASS more independent from individuals
(in particular, if they aren't available) to take decisions.

The list of nominations which we got so far is here:

Please take a look how the other projects handle this.
With a growing GRASS project I would really like to
see some more formal approach of deciding things, at least,
to have it as backup (in history, decisions worked out smooth in
the majority of the cases).

I also feel that OSGeo could become a (second) home to ensure
that the software and its infrastructure remains available long
term. If you look at the member lists of the foundation, you
will find many active people there who push for a better integration
between GFOSS projects and other projects like Educational Outreach
or public geodata.



On Sat, Feb 11, 2006 at 12:16:29AM +0100, Markus Neteler wrote:
> Dear all,
> while I already received two suggestions for a GRASS 
> Project Steering Committee (PSC), I suggest to post the
> nominations in public, if there are no objections.
> I would like to have that transparent to everyone.
> Nominations should contain the name and a short paragraph
> why it is a good candidate. We also have to decide,
> how many members the PSC should have.
> It is worth reading
> - http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
>    (they are very successful, and the document applies much
>     to the GRASS project culture)
> - http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-1/
>    (MS RFC 1: Technical Steering Committee Guidelines)  
>     apparently 7 members there.
> - http://lists.maptools.org/pipermail/gdal-dev/2006-February/thread.html#7881
>     (GDAL PSC to be formed)
> - http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-10/
>    (MS RFC 10: Joining the Open Source Geospatial Foundation)
> Related:
> - https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=9682788&forum_id=475
>   (Community MapBuilder PMC membership nomination)
> - https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=9673493&forum_id=475
>   (MapBuilder & Mapbender and the OSGeo Foundation)
> In fact, there is lot of material to digest in these days..
> Markus
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