[Marketing] results of today's chat

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 14:27:57 PST 2017

+1 on "subject to board approval", but I think that it is important to 
provide guidelines on what is and is not acceptable. Otherwise it makes 
it very hard for future boards to assess whether a sponsor is suitable 
or not. You don't want to be publicly discussing whether a company is 
suitable or not which potentially may be damaging their reputation 
(something you don't want to be doing to sponsors).

Possible text:

"Acceptance of sponsorship is at the discretion of the OSGeo Board, who 
will ensure alignment with OSGeo's vision and protection of OSGeo's 

On 5/01/2017 5:26 AM, Eli Adam wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 10:20 AM, Eli Adam<eadam at co.lincoln.or.us>  wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Has the Marketing Committee decided on whether OSGeo Sponsors must be
>>> at least in some tangential way related to open source or geospatial
>>> software?  I think that we should only accept relevant sponsors and
>>> have the option to decline sponsorships.
>>> QGIS has a good example of a policy,
>>> http://qgis.org/en/site/getinvolved/governance/sponsorship/sponsorship.html#qgis-sponsorship-program
>>> (at the bottom):
>>> Warning
>>> Acceptance of sponsorship offers is at the discretion of the QGIS PSC.
>>> We reserve the right to decline offers of sponsorship if the
>>> sponsoring organisation or party seems to be at odds with the ethos of
>>> our project. For example offers from marketing companies that have
>>> nothing to do with GIS / spatial services, or offers where we have
>>> reason to believe the presence of the sponsors logo and marketing
>>> materials on our site and other materials will degrade the experience
>>> of our users will be declined.
> This is a rather bold and clear policy.  A simple policy (if we don't
> anticipate problems) could be as short as "...subject to approval."

Cameron Shorter
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