PostGIS Incubation Status

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PostGIS has graduated from incubation on 2012-06-07.


Has the project been approved for incubation by the OSGeo board?
Yes, see:
Has the project been graduated from incubation by the OSGeo board ?
Yes, see:
Who is the primary contact for the project?
Paul Ramsey has been assigned as Project Administrator
Who was the Incubation Mentor of the project?
Arnulf Christl was assigned to mentor the project

Infrastructure Transition

Note, for each of the following it isn't necessary to move to foundation infrastructure, but if you aren't a reason should be provided.

Has the domain been populated with the projects web presence?
If not why, and has the project page got a prominent link to the real home?
Ideally we would like to be an A record to the existing domain. This would provide DNS redundancy should a domain expire etc. See ticket
We are very content with our existing home page hosting assuming Refractions is happy to continue providing this. and are already well established that we feel changing to another primary name will confuse people.
Is the OSGeo bug tracker being used for the project?
Is the OSGeo mailing list manager ( being used for the project?
No, but it is on our management todo (I think though can't find the ticket at the moment)
Is the OSGeo SVN being used for the project?
Are binary and source downloads available from ?
No, Source downloads and windows binaries are available on site.
The subversion tar balls and documentation are autogenerated by our build bot.
This is where people are familiar with getting them and we see no reason to change that. We would however request that
a link to the page be added to the page. I think that would
achieve the intent of the letter. See Ticket closed, done.

Community Functioning

Is there a functioning user support mechanisms (ie. mailing list)?
Yes, there is a web site describing the support mechanisms ( and mailing lists for code users, developers and code repository commits.
Are source and binary downloads for the package available?
Yes via (source tar balls, experimental builds for windows, and RTM builds for windows are available). Binaries of the latest RTM releases of PostGIS are also carried by various Linux distros and PostgreSQL Enterprisedb Stack Builder for Windows. Mac OS binaries are available via stack builder and independent packagers.
Has a Project Steering Committee been formed, and given control of the project?
Yes. The member list available at
Here are some example mails from the PostGIS-devel mailing list showing that the PSC is in control of development / QA and appoints committers.
Does the Project Steering Committee have documentation on project procedures for PSC decisions, contributor guidelines, etc.
An RFC-1 has been drafted to more formally define the PSC and it's functions and ratified
Contributor guidelines are loosely described on the PostGIS developer wiki in the Patch submission section,
More complete Committer Guidelines have been drafted as RFC-5 and ratified.
How many active developers are there?
12-20 at any one time (these include patch submitters) but generally 10-12 constant programmers who have commit access.
Are they from multiple organizations?
Yes, there are developers from several companies (Refractions, OpenGeo, Sirius, Paragon Corporation, CadCorp, Oslandia, University of Laval, UC Davis, Deimos Space) plus several free lance developers
(~ 8-10 are from companies and 2-4 are free lance developers)
List of contributors

Foundation Membership

Have project documents been updated to reflect membership in the foundation, and the relationship of the project to the foundation?
Yes. The generated and on-line docs have "OSGeo Project" logos, as does the main wiki page.
Has an effort been made to brand the project web site with OSGeo foundation web styling and branding marks?
Yes, an "OSGeo Project" logo has been added to the site header, as well as to the main wiki page.

Code Copyright Review

Has a Code Provenance Review document been prepared for the project?
The PostGIS Provenance Review document was finalized in November 2011.
Have issues raised in the provenance review been adequately addressed?
Are Committer Responsibilities Guidelines covering legal issues in place?
Yes - Committer Guidelines still in draft but accepted by existing committers and PSC members as of version 1.00000006