[Incubator] Fwd: Application for MDAL to join OSGeo incubator program
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Subject: Application for MDAL to join OSGeo incubator program
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2019 11:49:50 +0100
From: Saber Razmjooei <saber.razmjooei at lutraconsulting.co.uk>
To: info at osgeo.org
CC: Martin Dobias <martin.dobias at lutraconsulting.co.uk>, Peter Petrik
<peter.petrik at lutraconsulting.co.uk>
I am pleased to submit this application on behalf of MDAL developers to
join OSGeo incubator program.
MDAL is a data abstraction library to handle structured/unstructured mesh
data. It was initiated after a comprehensive discussion with QGIS and other
OSGeo community. For more information, please see:
The library is now shipped as a part of QGIS to handle meteorological /
hydrological / oceanographic data.
Please see below, our application. If you have any questions or need more
information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Please provide the name and email address of the principal Project Owner.
Peter Petrik (peter.petrik at lutraconsulting.co.uk)
Please provide the names and emails of co-project owners (if any).
Martin Dobias (martin.dobias at lutraconsulting.co.uk)
Please provide the names, emails and entity affiliation of all official
Peter Petrik (peter.petrik at lutraconsulting.co.uk) - Lutra Consulting
Martin Dobias (martin.dobias at lutraconsulting.co.uk) - Lutra Consulting
Please describe your Project.
Mesh Data Abstraction Library (MDAL) is a C++ library for handling
unstructured mesh data released with MIT license. It provides a
model for multiple supported data formats. MDAL is used by QGIS for data
access for mesh layers.
Why is hosting at OSGeo good for your project?
It is a generic library which we hope eventually will be incorporated
into other OSGeo projects. Hence, having it under the OSGeo
with its sustainability and support needed for such a library.
Type of application does this project represent(client, server,
standalone, library, etc.):
Please describe any relationships to other open source projects.
Currently, it is shipped with QGIS to handle mesh data (
Please describe any relationships with commercial companies or products.
The library handles a number of HDF based file formats used by
proprietary and open source numerical modelling packages for hydrology,
oceanography and meteorology. Development of MDAL has been so far,
primarily funded by those companies.
Which open source license(s) will the source code be released under?
MIT License (
Is there already a beta or official release?
What is the origin of your project (commercial, experimental, thesis or
other higher education, government, or some other source)?
Does the project support open standards? Which ones and to what extent?
(OGC, w3c, ect.) Has the software been certified to any standard (CITE for
example)? If not, is it the intention of the project owners to seek
certification at some point?
The project currently supports a number of open standards for HDF and
Is the code free of patents, trademarks, and do you control the
Yes. it is free of patents and trademarks and we control the
How many people actively contribute (code, documentation, other?) to the
project at this time?
How many people have commit access to the source code respository?
Approximately how many users are currently using this project?
All QGIS users as it is now a QGIS dependency.
What type of users does your project attract (government, commercial,
hobby, academic research, etc. )?
Government, commercial, academics and research
If you do not intend to host any portion of this project using the OSGeo
infrastructure, why should you be considered a member project of the OSGeo
Does the project include an automated build and test?
What language(s) are used in this project? (C/Java/perl/etc)
What is the dominant written language (i.e. English, French, Spanish,
German, etc) of the core developers?
What is the (estimated) size of a full release of this project? How many
users do you expect to download the project when it is released?
It will be difficult to gauge the exact number of users. But
currently, it is shipped with QGIS and probably used by 10s of
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