[OpenLayers-Dev] PSC Vote on Sponsorship Doc

Erik Uzureau euzuro at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 14:58:53 EST 2008

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 1:14 PM, Christopher Schmidt <
crschmidt at metacarta.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 12:39:40PM -0700, Tim Schaub wrote:
> > Hey-
> >
> > So, motivated by the OSGeo Project Sponsorship program, Chris did a
> > great job of putting together a document that describes the potential
> > sponsorship opportunities with OpenLayers.
> >
> > http://svn.openlayers.org/project/sponsorship/sponsoring
> >
> > This document describes a few things:
> > 1) our intent to seek sponsorship via the OSGeo Project Sponsorship
> program;
> > 2) high level goals for use of sponsorship funds; and
> > 3) details on uses, benefits, and the process.
> >
> > John has raised questions about having the OSGeo manage our sponsorship
> > program versus having some other entity manage the program.  I think we
> > have agreed to treat this question separately - to entertain suggestions
> > on alternative methods of managing the sponsorship program after we
> > agree on the core goals.
> If we're going to do this, I think we need to change the document. I
> can't see any way that we can achieve the goals described in the
> document in a way that isn't through the OSGeo project sponsorship
> program. For example, if we decide to pursue a financial path that
> requires direct payment from sponsors to an organization receiving
> money, then the idea of using these funds for paying for items like code
> sprints becomes less tenable, etc.
> If we're seriously considering pursuing funding thrugh something other
> than OSGeo, I don't see a reason that we need to agree n the document as
> written, or a way in which the 'core goals' we're talking about can
> remain relevant in the face of the various possibilities that we might
> pursue for funding sources.

Can you explain why direct payment from sponsors would preclude paying
for code sprints?

I don't see why anything would change at all whether it be via osgeo or
any other method.


> > I would like to call a vote specifically on the document linked above.
> > The issue we're voting on looks something like this:
> >
> > If we agree to pursue sponsorship for OpenLayers via the OSGeo Project
> > Sponsorship program, the PSC believes that the sponsorship document
> > referenced [1] adequately describes the goals, intended uses, and
> > potential benefits of project sponsorship.
> In which case, it seems to me we should be voting on the conditinal
> first, no? If we're not going t pursue funding through OSGeo then this
> vote is completely irrelevant? Why are we voting on something which
> could turn out to be irrelevant?
> I'll politely abstain from voting on this proposal, since I can't see
> how it's relevant without first resolving the conditional embedded
> within it. Once we do that, I'll gladly reconsider the
> document/principles in question.
> Regards,
> --
> Christopher Schmidt
> MetaCarta
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