RE: [SAC] Infrastucture Support for non-OSGeo projects

I like the idea, but I'm a little worried about going ahead with this
without some kind of plan to manage our resources and a framework for
what resources official and unofficial projects would be provided with.

My main concern is that we don't end up with a set of three or four
independent application installs to support for each new "mini-project"
and the maintenance overhead that comes with that.

If we are going to do this, is there software out there that we can use
to set up some kind of "geoforge" so that we don't end up getting
stretched? Would it be better to leverage existing resources like SF
and Google Code for these projects?


-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Frank Warmerdam
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 10:46
To: System Administration Committee Discussion/OSGeo
Subject: [SAC] Infrastucture Support for non-OSGeo projects


From time to time there have been projects who have expressed an
interest in OSGeo infrastructural support, but are not formally OSGeo
projects (ie. not in, or post incubation). One example was gpsd several
months ago. The Kids GIS project can be seen in this light. From time
to time I've contemplated migrating libtiff, libgeotiff, and proj here.
And also brand new projects, such as one that John Graham is looking to
establish for mobile applications.

But for various reasons many of these were not well suited to the
incubation process (too small, not a simple software projects, just
getting started, etc).

I would like to propose SAC can choose to provide services to such
projects without them becoming officially sanctioned OSGeo projects, or
go through incubation. It is important that these projects *not* be
described as OSGeo projects on the main page, or elsewhere though since
they haven't been through the strict incubation process and are not
considered vetted by OSGeo.

Does anyone have thoughts on this? An objection?

Assuming folks are reasonably supportive of this idea, I'd ask John to
introduce his project to SAC and what services he would be interested.

PS. I have cc:ed the incubator, but would like the discussion to
continue on the SAC list unless there is some very incubation related

Best regards,
I set the clouds in motion - turn up | Frank Warmerdam,
light and sound - activate the windows |
and watch the world go round - Rush | President OSGeo,

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