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

Allan Doyle afdoyle at MIT.EDU
Thu Dec 6 15:09:32 EST 2007

On Dec 6, 2007, at 15:00 , Raj Singh wrote:

> 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.

So is there an NDA covering the NDA? :)

And does the TC plenary count as "standards" or "domain"?

These are things that could make a big difference for the FOSS crowd.  
And, wouldn't the FOSS crowd be more interested in standards than  

Maybe it's time for Creative Commons to make some "Meeting Disclosure"  


> 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 
> >.
> ---
> Raj
> 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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Allan Doyle
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