[OSGeo-Standards] OGC Meeting in Stresa, Italy and some additional infos

Raj Singh rsingh at opengeospatial.org
Thu Dec 6 15:00:33 EST 2007

This Fall OGC's intellectual property policies changed. Previously,  
walking into a TC meeting meant agreeing to blanket intellectual  
property terms for everything discussed in any room. We now have a  
more fine-grained opt-in policy enabled by having two distinct types  
of working groups -- domain WGs and standards WGs. Domain WGs discuss  
market requirements but don't write standards docs. I believe the only  
time people need to sign anything regarding intellectual property is  
when entering a standards WG. There's probably still an expectation  
that some things aren't discussed as OGC "policy" if it's just  
something mentioned in a meeting -- kind of like the disclaimer about  
"forward-looking statements" you see in financial documents <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward-looking_statement 

On Dec 6, 2007, at 10:34 AM, Jo Walsh wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 10:03:53AM -0500, Allan Doyle wrote:
>> It might be worth inquiring what form of non-disclosure agreement/
>> intellectual property form the individual members will have to fill  
>> out.
> I'll be interested in this too. My aims in turning up to this thing
> are to lurk and learn, gegt a feel for what is going on and how it is
> stacking up with other standards creation efforts in Europe, in
> particular. When i get the chance to attend these sorts of things
> (UNSDI, the EC-GIS workshops, etc) I do a short writeup for the
> benefit of the OSGeo list / the blogosphere. So I have been wondering
> what kind of restraints on reporting there will be for the OGC TC
> meet, and will find out at the time. I suppose signing an NDA could be
> seen as a "victimless crime", but perhaps what i get to report back,
> will be confined to the "corridor track" ;)
> cheers,
> jo
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