[Incubator] Contributor agreements for Fusion project

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Aug 30 07:17:32 EDT 2008

Keep your management overhead to a minimum.
I suggest getting new contributors to upload their pdf to a designated 
wiki themselves.
Or you could get them to commit their form into a svn repository for 
safe keeping.

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,

Cameron Shorter
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