[Incubator] OSSIM Incubation Status
jody.garnett at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 20:45:01 EDT 2009
Thanks for the background.
I am comfortable with this - meeting for lunch is a fine way to run a
PSC. For the incubation requirements I mostly want to to ensure that it
is public that this is where decisions are made; and that others can
invite themselves along for lunch if they want.
Or intent is to be up front with how OSSIM is managed; and to ensure the
community has some idea how they would integrate a new PSC member
(preferably documented). The decisions you arrive at may not be optimal
from a distributed project standpoint; we just want to be sure you
arrive at them.
The GeoNetwork project made a lot of its decisions at a yearly
face-to-face meeting. They have since set up a PSC - but I believe that
the face to face meeting still forms part of their culture.
Mark Lucas wrote:
> It is probably a fair criticism that the majority of PSC discussions
> occur face to face versus on the mailing list. OSSIM is probably
> somewhat unique in that the primary contributors all make their living
> developing OSSIM for professional services. Over the history of the
> baseline the core developers have worked for different organizations
> and companies, but have always operated as a virtual team. Three of
> the four PSC contributors work in the same room every day. Dave
> Burken works in another location and we attempt to meet for lunch at
> least once a month. Typically the discussion is on OSSIM and on
> improvements that we'd like to make. Most of the work that occurs on
> the baseline is driven by funded requirements and we do our best to
> summarize features that we plan to add and changes we intend to make.
> Garrett and Dave do a pretty good job of announcing on the list what
> they are thinking and what they intend to work on. In most cases
> there is little comment on their posts.
> We actively encourage contributions and periodically get fixes and
> enhancements from around the world. When the level of contribution
> and activity rises we try to quickly establish a module that the
> contributor can work in. Problems and fixes are reviewed fairly
> rapidly and merged into the system.
> Can we do a better job at communicating on the mailing list -
> certainly. We make a concerted effort to communicate our plans and
> thoughts and quickly respond to questions, comments, and suggestions
> on the mailing list. If you review the mailing lists archives you
> will find numerous examples where architectural or interface changes
> were announced by Garrett as areas that he intends to begin work on in
> an effort to seek out comments.
> We will continue to make a concerted effort to push more of this
> discussion on to the mailing list. We certainly are very open to
> questions, comments, and discussion on the list. I can't remember an
> instance where we didn't respond in a timely manner or rejected any
> reasonable suggestion or comment. Our intent is to be very
> transparent in everything that we are doing.
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