[Incubator] Motion: Proposing Marble for OSGeo Graduation

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 12:54:51 PDT 2013

I have reviewed the documents referenced by Arnulf, and I agree that 
based on the documentation, Marble qualifies as an OSGeo project.

I'm very impressed with how thoroughly the incubation documents have 
been addressed. Congratulations to Torsten, Arnulf and the rest of the 
Marble team for a job well done.

I'm +1 for Marble graduating as an OSGeo project.

On 12/09/13 21:17, Arnulf Christl wrote:
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> Folks,
> imho Marble is ready for graduation. They have done their chore, went
> through our lists (find the links below) updated their website to
> reflect their current status as incubating project. I have personally
> checked some 60% of the source code (because none of the developers
> found the time to do it). When talking to Torsten about this it became
> apparent that they did not really see the need because they are part
> of KDE community and strictly adhere to the KDE rules since inception
> of the project.
> I still found half a dozen issues, minor things, mainly missing
> license headers. One library had a permissive self made license, but
> we found it to be compatible. All other issues were addressed within
> max 10 days after me reporting them. Response was very good. A code
> checker gives regular status reports and all issues are available
> through well established KDE mechanisms.
> In general I am very impressed with the project and the way it is
> managed. The PSC is called the "maintainer group" and has a somewhat
> less formal structure than we have established for more commercial
> projects. One reason may be that there is no pressure from any
> commercial entity which might be pushing their agenda. It is a truly
> volunteer community project.
> Being part of KDE seems to have a good effect on the overall
> organization and set-up, everything is pretty transparent. The outward
> facing documentation is excellent (some of our own graduated projects
> could learn from this project).
> Marble comes with a lot of data all of which is excellently referenced
> and licensed.
> http://edu.kde.org/marble/data.php
> I believe that Marble will be a great addition to OSGeo and helps to
> round off the educational efforts of the Foundation by also reaching
> out to younger students and schools.
> Please read the status and code provenance pages and ask questions or
> confirm that you fill confident to go ahead with graduation:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Marble_Graduation_Checklist
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Marble_Incubation_Status
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Marble_Code_Provenance_Review
> We had hopes to be able to announce graduation at FOSS4G - but
> unfortunately I have probably sent this mail a little too late now.
> Lets see how things go.
> Cheers,
> Arnulf
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> Arnulf Christl
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