[Incubator] about the website and reviewing incoming projects

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Jan 11 10:02:52 PST 2018

Starting to get questions on adding more projects into the mix - here is
the email I just sent to the discussion list:

*A question came in on adding additional open source spatial projects into
the mix.*

*The list of project is very much open to the geospatial community and we
would love to help "Empower everyone with open source geospatial". It
literally what our foundation is for :)*

*Indeed if you go through the choose-a-project pages
<https://staging.www.osgeo.org/choose-a-project/>, or look at all projects
<https://staging.www.osgeo.org/projects/>, you can see many open source
projects listed already.*

*The OSGeo incubation committee is taking on reviewing applicants (a quick
check of a projects source code repository that it is indeed spatial, open
source, and accepting contributions).*

*If you have a project, or know of a project you would like to see listed,
please contact the incubation committee with the details.*

Although we took on this responsibility back in August, volunteers from the
discussion list did not show up to help clarify expectations.

New OSGeo userids are being made "editors" right now and can make new pages
(yeah fun that). After Jan 15th launch that will revert back to
"subscribers", and potential projects will need to ask us for "editor"
permission before creating a new project page.

I think any of our incubation committee members is more that qualified to
review incoming applicants; and we can make you "administrators" on the
website so you can escalate permissions from "subscriber" --> "editor".
As a starting point

1. Apply the same criteria we do to community projects
- geospatial, open source, fair (quick review LICENSE.md, CONTRIBUTING.md,
- see the recent discussion with "portable gis" for clarifications

2. Anything coming in from a software foundation (say the Apache SIS
project) completely succeeds our requirements.

Any questions? This should be an exciting couple of weeks ...
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