[OpenLayers-Dev] [OpenLayers-PSC] PSC composition?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 17:15:21 EST 2008

Following on from a PSC discussion, ...

I think it is right to discuss company/individual composition of the PSC.

As projects like Openlayers grow, there is are changing dynamics 
regarding how decisions are made, because developer composition moves 
from volunteers (who are answerable to themselves) to paid employees 
(who are answerable to their employers).

Initially it makes sense that PSC membership is made up of individuals. 
However, as developer mix increases to include more paid employees, I 
think we need to consider company representation on the PSC. I don't 
think others would disagree that the PSC is stronger when it has 
representation from a diverse group of developers and organisations.

So I think that when we propose someone for PSC membership we should 
consider where they work, and the proportional representation of 
companies on the PSC. In other PSCs, I have noticed developers from the 
same company have a tendency to vote the same way. This is natural and 
understandable. The developers are usually working on the same project 
and have the same driving priorities and needs.

I'd also like to bring out into open discussion the question of who we 
have on the committee, what are the expectations of them. Whether we 
only want technical people on the committee or whether non-coders should 
be included too. I'd like to question the value of my involvement. I 
haven't written Openlayers code for a year or two now, but do manage 
developers who use Openlayers and occasionally contribute patches. I'm 
comfortable with my role, providing rants like these to the email list, 
but won't be offended if people suggest it would be time for me to retire.

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Systems Architect
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

Think Globally, Fix Locally
Geospatial Solutions enhanced with Open Standards and Open Source

More information about the Dev mailing list