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A not so short introduction to OSGeo

  1. 1. A not so short introduction to OSGeo Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas [email_address] International Geodetic Students Meeting 05/05/08 · Valencia · Spain
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is OSGeo? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incubator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foundation structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects, Officers, Committees, Membership, ... </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The FOSS4G Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. free software <ul><li>All that stuff is about free software </li></ul><ul><li>Free not as free beer (or paella) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but as as freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>adapt </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>translate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to offer services... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is OSGeo? <ul><li>A non-profit organization </li></ul><ul><li>Legally sited in Delaware (USA) </li></ul><ul><li>Started in February 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Nowadays it's the leading voice for free software for geospatial </li></ul><ul><li>Similarities with the Apache Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is a volunteer , only the Executive Director is employed by the Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives 1/2 <ul><li>Provide resources for FOSS4G projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promote the use of standards </li></ul><ul><li>Promote free geodata </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a «common brand of quality » </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Objectives 2/2 <ul><li>Promote the projects in the industry </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a channel for inter-project communications </li></ul><ul><li>Promote projects and FOSS4G out of English spoken community </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the use of FOSS4G at education to get technology specialists instead of «brand specialists» </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Sponsors <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Foundation structure <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of Directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  9. 9. Foundation Projects <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of Directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  10. 10. Incubator <ul><li>Before a project enters the Foundation, it has to be «incubated» </li></ul><ul><li>Every incubated project has a « mentor » </li></ul><ul><li>To pass the incubation the project has to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Document how they manage themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain user and developers documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain a source version system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt open standards and promote them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Foundation Projects <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>in incubation project deegree UMN Mapserver MapBender OpenLayers MapBuilder Map Guide OS web mapping GRASS GIS Quantum GIS OSSIM gvSIG desktop GIS GEOS FDO GDAL/OGR GeoTools libraries GeoNetwork metadata
  12. 12. Officers <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of Directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  13. 13. Officers <ul><li>President </li></ul><ul><li>Treasurer </li></ul><ul><li>General Counsel </li></ul><ul><li>Secretary </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>One vice-president per committee and graduated project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Executive Director <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of Directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  15. 15. Executive Director <ul><li>He/she is employed by the Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Act as contact person for the «outside» </li></ul><ul><li>Help manage communications for OSGeo </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Board aware of issues in the community that need decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Act as a «mentor» for Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Help to find sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Prepares an Annual Report of activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Board of Directors <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of Directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  17. 17. Board of Directors <ul><li>They formally represent OSGeo </li></ul><ul><li>Appoint Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>Approve budget </li></ul><ul><li>Approve policy and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve any issues that cannot be resolved inside committees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Committees <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of Directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  19. 19. Committees <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Education Web Conference Funding Incubation Systems Promotion and visibility Public geodata Journal
  20. 20. Committees <ul><li>Where the action takes place </li></ul><ul><li>They have the «everyday» work </li></ul><ul><li>Managed through mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Documented through the wiki </li></ul><ul><li>All are volunteered </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is welcomed to join a committee to participate and work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Local Chapters <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  22. 22. Local Chapters <ul><li>Groups of people that share </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a geographical area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or a common language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They bring the Foundation to a more local context </li></ul><ul><li>Translate documents, websites, software,... </li></ul><ul><li>Promote FOSS4G and OSGeo </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of LCs: from Africa to Otawa LC </li></ul><ul><li>9 are official , the rest are «in formation» </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Membership <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>Board of directors Executive Director Local Chapters Local Chapters Local Chapters Officers Officers Officers Local Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Projects Committees Committees Committees
  24. 24. Membership <ul><li>At this moment, is quite informal </li></ul><ul><li>Three levels of participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participant : just a participant at mailing lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Member : working in any project or committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charter Member : not-self elected member that can vote on some elections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do you want to be a member? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just subscribe on a mailing list and offer yourself! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just for developers: documenters, system admins, translators, everyone is welcomed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. The FOSS4G conference <ul><li>The Foundation coordinates an annual conference </li></ul><ul><li>A perfect place to meet thousands of developers, Free Software supporters, companies, .... </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the conference the Sol Katz award is delivered </li></ul><ul><li>Hosts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2006: Laussane, Switzerland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007: Victoria, Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: Cape Town: South Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: Sydney: Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. FOSS4G2007 <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Conclusions <ul><li>OSGeo helps promoting Free Software </li></ul><ul><li>You can be part of a community of people that are experts in geomatics </li></ul><ul><li>It's a common place to share experiences and new initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>It's an umbrella for new and existing projects </li></ul><ul><li>Join the general mailing list and participate!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Questions and comments?? Thank you!! <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. References <ul><li>http://www.osgeo.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.osgeo.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/foss4g2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. License <ul><ul><li>What is OSGeo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS4G Conf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons License Deed </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Spain </li></ul><ul><li>You are free: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to copy, distribute and transmit the work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to adapt the work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under the following conditions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/es/legalcode.es </li></ul>

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