[Incubator] Uber kepler.gl Applying to Join OSGeo as A Community Project
jody.garnett at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 23:58:34 PDT 2018
Good discussion, while I can provide my understanding there are many on the
incubation list who can help clarify. The osgeo community designation and
branding is relatively new so we are learning more about what is possible
with each application.
1. what’s the next step?
Once you have answered my feedback I would make a motion on the incubation
list. The incubation committee operates via email, so the motion would be
held open for two weeks to ensure participants have both weekday and
weekend to respond (some are able to support open source during work hours,
others are restricted to contributing on their own time).
Assuming the motion is successful I would inform the board, and ask you to
create a page on our website. As part of sorting out website permission you
would also have access to post a news item introducing the project to our
1. will there be any obligations that we need to comply with?
The board did not provide much guidance when this designation was created.
However various groups would love to work with you:
- incubation committee: Wants to ensure you are listed on the website, and
we have "osgeo community" branding we would ask you include on your project
website or readme as appropriate.
- osgeolive: is always looking distribute the best and brightest open
- marketing: if you wish to take part in our promotion of open source you
can make a one-page information sheet, these are used in the promotion of
open source spatial at GIS events
- board: the board sets a budget yearly, if you wish to participate keep an
eye out in November. Right now any osgeo community requests are lumped in
with the incubation committee. I am thinking of asking the board mange this
separately in 2019.
- announce and discuss email lists: like to be informed of releases and/or
1. will there be any agreements between kepler.gl and OSGeo in any form?
The agreement (such as it is) is covered by your use of an open source
license. The rest of this is about giving us a chance to help you.
All participation in our community is subject to our code of conduct (TLDR
Respect others and yourself. If you ever hesitate on how to treat someone
listen to the hesitation).
If you wish to engage with OSGeo as a sponsor you are welcome to, although
we really would love your participation at regional events.
1. our team will remain the owner of the project roadmap and IP etc.,
Yes, although keep in mind that the open source license provides access to
your IP under the terms described. Specific licenses also outline how
patents and trademarks are handled. OSGeo does not require any transfer of
copyright, patent or trademark - we trust you selected an open source
license that matches your organizations goals and intensions.
1. 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?
As this is recently established we have not tired it yet. The incubation
committee does have a procedure for retiring "osgeo projects" so we have an
example to follow.
The long and short of it is that someone would make a motion on the
incubation list, we would vote and make the change.
- If a project was not making releases for a couple of years I would like
it withdrawn as not active
- If a project stepped outside of our ideals (for example requiring an API
key to a paid service in order to operate) then we would wish to reevaluate
- And yeah, if you wished withdraw you could make the motion
Thanks for the discussion!
On Sat, 1 Sep 2018 at 03:43, Ziyi Li <zli51 at ext.uber.com> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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>
>> 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
>> For more information:
>> - Incubation Committee
>> <https://www.osgeo.org/about/committees/incubation/> (OSGeo)
>> - Qualifying As An OSGeo Community Project
>> *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 /
>> *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
>> 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
>>> 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
>>> Feel free to let us know if there is any question.
>>> kepler.gl Working Group
>>> Incubator mailing list
>>> Incubator at lists.osgeo.org
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