[Incubator] Uber kepler.gl Applying to Join OSGeo as A Community Project

Ziyi Li zli51 at ext.uber.com
Fri Aug 31 17:43:14 PDT 2018

Hey Jody,

Thanks so much for the information! I’m currently working with our kepler.gl
team to get the requested information. Meanwhile, we have a few questions
that we’d appreciate your help in answering.

Basically, we are wondering after kepler.gl is selected a community project:

   1. what’s the next step?
   2. will there be any obligations that we need to comply with?
   3. will there be any agreements between kepler.gl and OSGeo in any form?
   4. our team will remain the owner of the project roadmap and IP etc.,
   5. is there a limit to how long our project can remain listed on OSGeo
   website as a community project? Would there be any factors that would bump
   us off the list at some point, e.g. either OSGeo or Uber wants to take the
   project off the list for some reason?

Your support is much appreciated! Have a nice long weekend!


On Sun, Aug 19, 2018 at 3:15 PM Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ziyi Li,
> My apologies for the the delay in responding! I did see a discussion via
> info at osgeo.org with respect to Kepler.gl but was not sure what came of
> it, apparently my email program marked this request as spam :(
> I am cutting to the chase, looking at the project GitHub repository (
> https://www.osgeo.org/about/committees/incubation/) with respect out the
> requirements to be listed on the ogeoo website and joining as a community
> project.
> For more information:
> - Incubation Committee
> <https://www.osgeo.org/about/committees/incubation/> (OSGeo)
> - Qualifying As An OSGeo Community Project
> <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Community_Projects#Qualifying_As_An_OSGeo_Community_Project>
>  (Wiki)
> *Add to list-of-projects and choose-a-project website*
> 1) geospatial
> As indicated a tool for geospatial analysis.
> 2) open source license
> MIT License: https://github.com/uber/kepler.gl/blob/master/LICENSE
> 3) accepts contributions
> The quick spot check we look for on GitHub is a CONTRIBUTING.md file, this
> is shown as potential contributors make a pull-request and indicates a
> project has thought through how to work with each other.
> Checking the pull-requests (https://github.com/uber/kepler.gl/pulls) it
> looks like the team has thought through how to work with external parties,
> and I see at least a couple PRs that are not from uber employees so ...
> Amusingly one PR is for the file I was seeking -
> https://github.com/uber/kepler.gl/pull/108 /
> https://github.com/uber/kepler.gl/issues/91
> *To join as a community project*
> 1) geospatial
> as above
> 2) open source license, with source code check of headers
> Whle I can do a spot check of headers (all I found were "Copyright (c)
> 2018 Uber Technologies, Inc" with the full MIT license)... the goal is to
> ask your team to do a quick check with sed or similar, and to ask if have
> considered how the headers are modified when accepting an external
> contribution?
> 3) accepts contributions
> As above
> --
> Jody Garnett
> On Thu, 9 Aug 2018 at 11:34, Ziyi Li <zli51 at ext.uber.com> wrote:
>> Dear OSGeo Incubation Committee,
>> We would like to submit our open source project kepler.gl to be
>> considered for becoming a Community Project in OSGeo. Kepler.gl is a
>> powerful geospatial analysis tool for large-scale data sets, open sourced
>> by Uber Visualization <http://vis.gl/> team. It empowers people to
>> create neat and insightful geo visualizations with little coding needed.
>> You can find more details on our project website <http://kepler.gl/#/>.
>> Since its opening up to the public, we're seeing a ton of traction from
>> various industries and it just got featured on FastCompany here
>> <https://www.fastcompany.com/90177575/anyone-can-use-ubers-new-map-making-tool>.
>> To bring the development of kepler.gl to the next level, we would really
>> appreciate your help in integrating it into the international OS GIS
>> community.
>> Feel free to let us know if there is any question.
>> Sincerely,
>> kepler.gl Working Group
>> _______________________________________________
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>> Incubator at lists.osgeo.org
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