[OSGeo-Standards] Proposal to accept OSGeo / OGC MOU

Bruce Bannerman bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com
Thu Sep 9 18:25:01 PDT 2021

I’ll bring the OSGeo Standards List review of the proposed OSGeo/OGC MOU to a close now.

People on the list have had ample time to comment.

The comments that have been made are generally in support of the MOU.

I propose on behalf of the OSGeo Standards Community that:

The OSGeo Board accept the proposed MOU, with the following modifications to Exhibit A:

Change Clause 4 at [3] below, to

“4. OSGeo will collaborate with OGC to identify open source technologies that can be used as Reference Implementations for and to validate compliance tests developed for OGC adopted standards.”

Insert new clause after 4.

“n. OGC will waive the Trademark License fee associated with Compliance certification to 1) OSGeo recognised Open Source products that are not subject to proprietary dual licensing; 2) Open Source products selected by OGC as a Reference Implementation; and 3) the relevant software passes OGC Compliance test procedures. This Trademark License fee is typically paid by the developer on an annual basis. This waiver will remain in effect for that version of software. An OSGeo recognised Open Source product is one that has been approved by the OSGeo Incubation Committee and the OSGeo Board as either an OSGeo Project, or an OSGeo Community Project."

I’ll leave this proposal open for 5 days from the date of this email for comment, prior to sending it to the OSGeo Board on the 15th September 2021 UTC.

Kind regards,


P.S. A list of OSGeo Projects, including Community Projects may be found at:

https://www.osgeo.org/projects/ <https://www.osgeo.org/projects/> 

> On 10 Aug 2021, at 00:55, Tom Kralidis <tomkralidis at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone: hope you are all doing well.  Per subject and [1][2], we have been working
> with OGC to renew our Memorandum of Understanding, and now have a draft (Exhibit A) of
> the MOU for your review and comment.
> Please see [3] for your review, comment and input.  Anyone with the link should be able to
> comment in the document.
> This is an important time for the updated MOU.  Open Source and Open Standards are
> natural, healthy and evolving, and this MOU will grow the collaboration between our
> organizations especially given OGC's increasing focus on developers.  Note that the MOU
> provides OSGeo an Associate Membership as well as the opportunity for input into the next
> generation of compliance testing (CITE).
> Input and feedback is requested by Friday, 03 September 2021 at 12h UTC.
> If there are no major issues, we will put the MOU for approval at the F2F Board meeting following
> FOSS4G 2021.
> If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.
> Thanks in advance.
> On behalf of those involved in updating the MOU (OGC, OSGeo MOU Review Team).
> ..Tom
> [1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MoU_OGC/Review_2020 <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MoU_OGC/Review_2020>
> [2] https://git.osgeo.org/gitea/osgeo/todo/issues/80 <https://git.osgeo.org/gitea/osgeo/todo/issues/80>
> [3] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LNbDCkmjqfOtrUjOLkYNNhKhtPzXI_uCAC4R-l8drbY <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LNbDCkmjqfOtrUjOLkYNNhKhtPzXI_uCAC4R-l8drbY>_______________________________________________
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