[Incubator] istSOS mentor volunteer (was: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Board meeting 2014-04-10: Minutes)

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Thu Apr 24 03:56:49 PDT 2014

Dear Arnulf,
thanks for volunteering in mentoring istSOS.

I guess, we need a decision by the board to be accepted for incubation: *"The
chairman of IncCom presents projects selected for Incubation to the OSGeo
Board of Directors for acceptance or deferral."*

I have set up the following pages (that still need content):

*About code agreement:*
     I don't have any code agreement up to know, but we can easily retrieve
it if needed

*About copyright:*
     I believe IST-SUPSI (http://www.supsi.ch/ist_en.html) is the copyright
owner, as the software was developed mainly by IST-SUPSI workers during
their working hours, but the Director agreed on releasing it with an Open
Source license

*Productive environment:*
    Currently the software is used in productive environment at IST-SUPSI;
it is daily used to collect, store and dispatch data from the Cantonal
Hydro-metereological network which today counts 70 stations, 145 sensors
and more then 34 millions of observations in a single service instance.
This is used by the Cantonal Administration to harvest data both in real
time and after a procedure of data validation partially automated and
partially manual (our hydrologists). The system is also used to provide
flood alarms to the local stakeholders (Administration, Police, Civil
Protection, etc.) by means of hydrological modelling of inundation using
real time data (from istSOS) and weather forecasts. All this is regulated
by payed mandates from the Administration to SUPSI.

*istSOS and commercial providers:*
    I would certainly welcome commercial service providers which start
using istSOS as it would provide opportunity to spread the software use and
as a consequence to chance to get more funds to further work on it. I would
not like so much if the service provider phagocytes the entire project, but
this is unlikely to happen and in the case... that's life...

*istSOS size:*
    it is true that istSOS size is quite small, but we expect to grow (also
thanks to the OSGeo support). I don't know if it worth consideration but no
OSGeo software implement SOS standard at the moment and I know, for sure,
we can shortly expected coming of a "Technical Guidance for the
implementation of INSPIRE Download Services of observations using SOS".

I will work on the two wiki pages while waiting for board feedback.
Please let me know if is there any doubt or question that may help istSOS
way to incubation...

Best Regards

On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM, Arnulf Christl <
arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net> wrote:

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> Jody,
> I volunteer to mentor istSOS.
> Massimiliano,
> I 'believe' (not sure though) that we still need a confirmation by the
> board whether we are accepted into Incubation. Jody will know.
> The processes of the Incubation Committee have somewhat evolved over the
> past years. We will have to double check that we use the right stable
> and approved versions of the documents.
> We also need a page in the OSGeo Wiki. In the early days each project
> had to have two pages, something like this:
> * Marble Graduation Checklist
> * Marble Incubation Status
> Then there was an additional check list and the trac ticket, lets see
> what will stick.
> Maybe check this page out to get the idea of the provenance review
> (GRASS had prehistoric code, not expecting this with istSOS... :-):
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GRASS_Provenance_Review
> Just paste the content from the ticket and then start to work on the
> code provenance review and explain the open issues. If you already did
> then please just paste it there.
> Do you have any kind of agreement from all contributors?
> Does SUPSI claim any ownership or copyright and if so, do they support
> the Free Software license? Who if not SUPSI is the copyright holder?
> wrt question 8: Do you have any plans to grow the code and software into
> something that can be used in a productive environment? Would you
> welcome when commercial service providers use istSOS as part of their
> architectures? If there is already any kind of relation you know of this
> would be valuable to know. The project itself still seems to be pretty
> small and OSGeo Incubation is more about well known and broadly used
> software. So the more proof of professional use we have the better.
> Any other questions please let me know.
> Cheers,
> Arnulf
> On 14.04.2014 01:51, Jody Garnett wrote:
> > Thanks for the minuets Bart, sorry I could not attend to answer
> > questions about the incubation committee report.
> >
> > I have gotten back to istSOS - but really we are low on volunteers for
> > the incubation committee. For the last several projects I have been
> > forced to ask them to hunt down their own mentor in order to start
> > incubation. I have also been unable to respond to the board request to
> > remove the SAC emphasis in our incubation documentation. Waiting on a
> > couple motions before we can take action.
> >
> > Aside: For the FOSS4G NA / EclipseCon / LocationTech summit - I quite
> > like the match but do not know much about EclipseCon. It will probably
> > be excellent developer outreach, but I am not sure how much crossover we
> > can expect.
> > --
> > Jody
> >
> >
> > Jody Garnett
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:10 PM, Bart van den Eijnden <bartvde at osgis.nl
> > <mailto:bartvde at osgis.nl>> wrote:
> >
> >     Hello all,
> >
> >     yesterday the Board discussed the following items during its
> >     monthly meeting:
> >
> >     - FOSS4G North America / EclipseCon / LocationTech Tech Summit 2015
> >     (Andrew Ross)
> >     - Confirm approval of OSGeo Budget 2014
> >     - Thoughts on Annual General Meeting 2014
> >     - Update on FOSS4G 2015 RFP
> >     - Incubation Committee IncCom_Report24 report
> >     - FOSS4G Manifesto
> >     - Recent infrastructure issues
> >
> >     Please find the full minutes on the meeting's wiki page:
> >
> >     http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2014-04-10
> >
> >     You are all welcome to contact the Board to propose items for the
> >     agenda of next meeting, that will be on May, 15th.
> >
> >     Best regards,
> >     Bart
> >
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> >
> >
> >
> >
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> - --
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*Massimiliano Cannata*

Professore SUPSI in ingegneria Geomatica

Responsabile settore Geomatica

Istituto scienze della Terra

Dipartimento ambiente costruzione e design

Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana

Campus Trevano, CH - 6952 Canobbio

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