[Incubator] Recommend pycsw Graduation

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Feb 14 19:19:02 PST 2015

Congratulations to the pycsw team for an excellent OSGeo Incubation 
I've read the application, and have a few comments listed below which I 
suggest are addressed.
My only non-trivial concern is around the identified issues around 
conflicts found in the provenance review. I suggest they be resolved to 
the point of finding at least a work around, before completing graduation.

[x] Open decision making process.

/Comment: Please provide a link to a description of this 
process.//(Maybe this url? http://pycsw.org/development/rfc// )

[x] The project should have a community of developers and users who 
actively collaborate and support each other in a healthy way. Eg. 
collaboration on project activities such as testing, release and feature 

/Comment: It is good that you point to the existing plans, which seem to 
be specific for each release. (I like this). I suggest that there should 
be a generic guideline on the process of creating a release which should 
be referenced.//
//Maybe this url? 
https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/wiki/Release-Packaging/ )

The project has core developers from 4 organizations and other 
contributors from downstream projects/organizations such as CKAN and 

/Comment: I suggest specifically mention these organisations, or provide 
a link where these organisations are referenced./

[x] The project code, documentation and data has been adequately vetted 
to assure it is all properly licensed, and a copyright notice included. 
As per a Provenance Review
//Comment: I note there are items in the Provenance Review with status 
of "checked, fix me! requires developer attention//"//. I'm nervous 
about accepting a project through incubation with such items 
outstanding. I'd at least wish to see a discussion about how such issues 
are planned to be addressed./

On 14/02/2015 2:52 pm, Jody Garnett wrote:
> I guess we can also note that Angelos Tzotsos is nominated as project 
> officer.
> --
> Jody Garnett
> On 13 February 2015 at 22:50, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com 
> <mailto:jody.garnett at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Thanks mentoring Jeff, it is great that pycsw is ready and it
>     sounds like a fun community.
>     I will look over the checklist / provenance review and get back to
>     you with any questions.
>     Aside: I see the project uses github wiki, you can start a line
>     with "* ( )" and "* (x)" for check boxes :)
>     --
>     Jody Garnett
>     On 13 February 2015 at 17:22, Jeff McKenna
>     <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
>     <mailto:jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>> wrote:
>         Hello Incubation Committee,
>         I am writing to you as the Mentor of the pycsw project, which
>         is currently in the Incubation process with OSGeo.
>         I'd like to submit a Project Graduation Checklist document,
>         for review by the OSGeo Incubation Committee:
>         https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/wiki/Project-Graduation-Checklist
>         You will notice in the document that a code provenance review
>         has been completed as well:
>         https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/wiki/pycsw-Provenance-Review
>         I have been watching this community grow over the years (I
>         have a good sense of what makes a strong community), and I am
>         very impressed with both how active the code is being
>         maintained, and also the fast growth of implementations of
>         pycsw by large organizations. I also monitor its mailing list,
>         which I do for hundreds of software projects, and it is very
>         vibrant (always an important sign of an active community). 
>         Lastly, that pycsw is the OGC reference implementation for the
>         CSW standard, is proof of the attention to detail and
>         commitment by the pycsw team.
>         I'd also like to mention that, the pycsw team is very keen and
>         excited to become an official OSGeo project, which cannot be
>         put down on paper or measured, but it is one of the most
>         important parts of the process I believe.
>         Therefore as mentor, I recommend to the Incubation Committee
>         that pycsw graduates, and becomes an official OSGeo Project.
>         Let me know if you have any questions and I can relay to the
>         pycsw team.  Thanks everyone,
>         -jeff
>         --
>         pycsw mentor
>         http://pycsw.org/
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