[OSGeoLive] Contributor list Transifex and ML announcements review and policies

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 14:04:10 PDT 2018


There are a number of points here:

1. One of the OSGeo incubation criteria is that we ensure that all 
contributions to OSGeo are available via our Open Licenses. We achieve 
that by ensuring that every person who contributes to OSGeo writes a 
public statement saying they agree with our open license, as per:


If we are to comply with our OSGeo Incubation obligations, then we will 
need to extend this to Translations.

How can we ensure that anyone contributing to Transifex is ok with our 
open license? Can we get them to send the same email before we give them 
access? (I think we are ok if people use an alias or git id instead of 
their real name. One of our contributors is called wildintellect, and I 
don't know what his/her real name is).

The importance of ensuring license compliance is because lack of license 
compliance can become a barrier to entry for corporations who are scared 
of being sued if they use Open Source.

2. If someone contributes to our project, it is the right thing for us 
to acknowledge them.

3. A good measure of OSGeoLive's success is to quote the number of 
people who have contributed. Ie, it is good for us to track number of 

So I suggest:
* Update to note that to contribute, we will be expecting to have your 
permission if we are to use your translations. You can see email 
conversation last time we were retrospectively chasing down agreements 
from people for their Open Source contributions here: 
https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/osgeolive/2011-July/thread.html . In 

* We could be creative in the way that we confirm commitment to Open 

** Maybe insert a prominent statement in our translation page (ideally 
next to the [submit] button) saying "by submitting are are agreeing to 
make your content available via our open license policy" and link to our 
open policy page.

** Request people add their name to our list of contributors page (not 
sure how we do that, but we can work out details later)

Cheers, Cameron

On 15/9/18 3:25 am, Vicky Vergara wrote:
> Thanks for moving the discussion to the OSGeoLive mailing list.
> Regards
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 12:33 AM Nicolas Roelandt 
> <roelandtn.pro at gmail.com <mailto:roelandtn.pro at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     I asked for a review of an announcement [1] for our contributors
>     and translators regarding the new European General Data Protection
>     Regulation (GDPR) [2].
>     It was not straightforward as I thought and it became a debate.
>     My mistake was not to publish the link to the draft here, as I
>     wanted to avoid mails here about "Fix that, add this, ..."
>     I was wrong, so please next time, tell me to bring it to the
>     public mailing list.
>     The debate is not settled and was already bring it there. We just
>     released 12.0 so I think we can discuss it now and have clear
>     policies.
>     Best,
>     Nicolas
>     [1]
>     https://mensuel.framapad.org/p/osgeolive_contributor_consent_message
>     [2] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en
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