[Incubator] Contributor agreements for Fusion project

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitchell at osgeo.org
Fri Aug 29 15:03:49 EDT 2008

I can handle the agreements - scanned or not.  I'd prefer signed PDFs  
being emailed to me.  But otherwise they can be mailed directly to me at
PO Box 4844, Williams Lake, BC, Canada V2G 2V8

I then keep a wiki page updated here:

The only question I have about contribution agreements before  
incubation is does it imply that OSGeo is accepting any  
responsibility for the project before it's been approved?


On 29-Aug-08, at 10:42 AM, Daniel Morissette wrote:

> 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...
> Daniel
> 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
> http://www.mapgears.com/
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Tyler Mitchell
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