[Incubator] Contributor agreements for Fusion project

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Fri Aug 29 13:42:59 EDT 2008

Thanks Frank for your response. We'll check with Tyler.

About managing the forms online, that could be an idea... as long as 
they're in a safe place that is well backed up, etc. We still need to 
define a point of contact in the form where the original has to be sent 
(before it is scanned and placed online)... or maybe that could be 
handled by the chair of the PSC or something like that...


Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Daniel,
> I think this is a good idea.
> Regarding paperwork.
> Is there anything wrong with storing all licence documents as a pdf, 
> which is uploaded to a wiki or similar?
> I imaging this would be much easier to maintain.
> Frank Warmerdam wrote:
>> Daniel Morissette wrote:
>>> Incubation committee,
>>> The Fusion project is in the process of setting up contributor 
>>> agreements 
>>> (http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/fusion-dev/2008-August/000121.html). 
>>> As some of you may be aware, the project is already hosted on OSGeo's 
>>> Trac and SVN, and plans to go through incubation once it is more 
>>> mature and organized.
>>> A question that came up was whether OSGeo could handle the CLAs on 
>>> behalf of the Fusion project from day one, instead of waiting until 
>>> it has passed incubation... this would save the step of transferring 
>>> the CLAs from another entity (likely DM Solutions) to OSGeo once the 
>>> project has passed incubation.
>>> The Fusion CLAs are based on the MapGuide/FDO ones which contain 
>>> wording alluding to the Foundation as the project authority, so the 
>>> question is not just whether OSGeo can handle the paperwork, but also 
>>> if it is fine for the Fusion CLAs to make references to OSGeo as its 
>>> project authority even if it has not passed incubation. See the 
>>> MapGuide CLA for an example of what I mean:
>>> http://mapguide.osgeo.org/files/Individual%20Contributor%20Agreement.pdf
>>> This committee seems to be the best group in OSGeo to make the call 
>>> on that. If we are not comfortable with that then the alternative is 
>>> simply to handle CLAs through DM Solutions for now which is not a 
>>> huge deal... and transfer them to OSGeo if/when Fusion passes 
>>> incubation... this email is mostly to find out if it would be 
>>> possible to save one step.
>> Daniel,
>> People can assign contributions to OSGeo without OSGeo taking any action,
>> so there is no harm in this.  As long as Tyler doesn't mind receiving and
>> filing the agreements I see no harm in this happening without Fusion
>> actually being in incubation or an official project.
>> So, my claim would be that all you need is Tyler agreement to manage the
>> documents which he can do on his own judgement.
>> I am a bit surprised that the project would pursue contribution 
>> agreements
>> in advance of incubation.
>> Best regards,

Daniel Morissette

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