[Marketing] results of today's chat
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).
"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,
>>> (at the bottom):
>>> 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."
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