[Incubator] Motion: Remove Rasdaman from Incubation

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed May 11 14:10:40 PDT 2016

+1 on removing Rasdaman from OSGeo Incubation. Cameron

Reasons for my vote:
* Rasdaman governance is not in line with OSGeo's stated goals for 
incubated projects [1] [2], and Rasdaman has confirmed they are not 
prepared to change.
* There are lesser alternative OSGeo/Rasdaman relationships that can be 
pursued: "OSGeo Community Project" [3] and OSGeo-Live [4]

I'm disappointed that this is the final outcome. However, I'm hopeful 
that Rasdaman feels they have gained value from going through the 
incubation process. They have certainly addressed many things which make 
a project more rigorous, valuable and ultimately successful.

[1] http://www.osgeo.org/incubator/process/project_graduation_checklist.html
The project has a suitable open governance policy ensuring decisions are 
made, documented and adhered to in a public manner. This typically means 
a Project Management Committee has been established with a process for 
adding new members.
[2] http://www.osgeo.org/faq
A benevolent dictatorship is not considered a suitable open and 
consensus based approach to governance.
[3] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Community_Projects
[4] http://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/rasdaman_overview.html

On 12/05/2016 6:52 am, Peter Baumann wrote:
> Cameron-
> first, I highly value your fairness.
> Yes, at the level of abstraction (which Bruce certainly has chosen deliberately
> so as to avoid further discussion) I believe this is accurate. Let me add, as a
> personal remark (not necessarily reflecting community, although I believe so) It
> seems that while OSGeo and rasdaman are pursuing the same goal - high quality
> software for serving humankind - visions  differ on how to achieve this. Which
> is fair - the world has more than one color.
> best,
> Peter
> On 05/11/2016 10:29 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Peter,
>> I'd be interested to hear your thoughts before I vote. Does Bruce's statement
>> accurately reflect the sentiment of the Rasdaman community?
>> Warm regards, Cameron
>> On 12/05/2016 5:29 am, Bruce wrote:
>>> It is with deep regret that I make this motion.
>>> Discussion over the last few weeks has shown that the Rasdaman Governance
>>> process does not yet meet the requirements needed to graduate from OSGeo
>>> Incubation and that the Rasdaman Community is not prepared to change them.
>>> Therefore, I am forced by the Rasdaman Community to take this action.
>>> Motion:
>>> 1.   The Rasdaman Project is to be removed from the OSGeo Incubation process.
>>> 2.   The Rasdaman Project is to be now classified as an OSGeo Community Project.
>>> 3.   Invite the Rasdaman Community to re-apply for OSGeo Incubation, should
>>> they decide to revise their Governance Process in the future.
>>> Bruce Bannerman
>>> OSGeo Mentor to the Rasdaman Project
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