[Incubator] [OSGeo-Discuss] New incubation procedure

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 11:50:47 PST 2015

I concur, this subject came up at the osgeo code-sprint last week - it is
very difficult project projects like MetaCRS and JTS to consider graduating
from OSGeo due to our incubation requirements.

I would like to point out that projects should feel comfortable negotiating
a with the incubation committee. The MetaCRS projects may not be able to
demonstrate commercial viability using a range of contributing
organizations (our example in the checklist) but should be able to point
out the wide use downstream (so if PROJ goes under it is likely that the
work will in-fact continue).

Jody Garnett

On 16 February 2015 at 05:47, Stephen Woodbridge <woodbri at swoodbridge.com>

> On 2/16/2015 6:44 AM, Jachym Cepicky wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I would like to dig a bit more into the topic "more fine incubation"
>> procedure and former "OSGeo Labs" (now it has no name is slowly
>> forgotten in past, but you can find more at
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Labs)
>> I would like to start talk about it a bit (I suggest incubator mailing
>> list), prepared wiki page (with confusing name):
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/5-star-rating
>> Scope: to re-new OSGeo Labs, make the incubation process easier for all
>> of us, with more little steps (except for one big). Projects could flow
>> between the steps "up" and "down", related to their current living phase.
>> I hope, this would help to the community to get oriented, would allow
>> more projects to join in. Work for incubation committee and mentors
>> could be even less (some projects will remain in beta). It's also
>> related to the "certification" topic (even not people, but software).
>> Jachym
> This makes a lot of sense to me. I am involved with a lot of smaller
> projects that are valuable but unlikely to be able to stand on their own
> because the community is weak.
> pagc (geocoding) - this is all but dead as a project but out of it came a
> core piece of technology the has been moved into postGIS Geocoder
> pgRouting - driving directions and vehicle routing problems, we have
> contributed 8+ GSoC mentors to OSGeo over the past years, but it has been
> hard to get funding and volunteers to support ongoing development and
> project releases. We have looked at incubation, but we do not have a strong
> enough community to be able to graduate.
> It would be good to have a way to foster projects like this and to look
> for opportunities to merge smaller projects into larger ones that where
> their might be a good fit. I think that we need to better recognize that
> there will be projects that might not be able to stand on their own but
> that they may also be fertile ground for development of good technology and
> that mentoring and redirecting these projects could be a good way to
> harvest this.
> Anyway, something to think about ...
> Best,
>   -Steve
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