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'''Not actually scheduled yet!'''
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This board meeting has been scheduled for the 18th of May at 15:00 UTC ([http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=5&day=18&year=2007&hour=15&min=0&sec=0 fixedtime]), by phone and IRC ([irc://irc.freenode.net/#osgeo #osgeo]) at the same time.
 
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This board meeting has been tentatively scheduled for the 18th of May at 16:00 UTC ([http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=5&day=18&year=2007&hour=16&min=0&sec=0 fixedtime]), by phone and IRC ([irc://irc.freenode.net/#osgeo #osgeo]) at the same time.
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Communication will use the new [[Conference Call]] facilities.
 
Communication will use the new [[Conference Call]] facilities.
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* Discuss timing of a FOSS4G OSGeo face-to-face meeting, if we want one.
 
* Discuss timing of a FOSS4G OSGeo face-to-face meeting, if we want one.
 
* Approve Arnulf as new VisCom Chair.
 
* Approve Arnulf as new VisCom Chair.
* Review Financial Report.
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* [[GeoTools Contribution Steps]]
* Review the Fiduciary Agreement proposed by the Geotools project and plan steps to obtain a final draft:
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** Core geotools contributors want to make OSGeo the legal guardian of the code base by granting OSGeo a full copyright over our submissions. As part of this process, OSGeo and geotools need to agree on a legal document transferring copyright from individual geotools contributors to OSGeo. The agenda item requires the Board review the latest draft document and plan the steps required to obtain a final draft acceptable to the OSGeo board.
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** The proposed draft is presented at the bottom of the [http://docs.codehaus.org/display/GEOTOOLS/Incubation+for+acceptance+to+OSGeo this page] on the Geotools web site.
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** The draft is inspired mostly from the Free Software Foundation, Europe's FLA.
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** The draft does not consider patents and hence does not force contributors to assert that they are not knowingly including patented code. Frank felt that such language did not belong in a Copyright assignment. The omission makes the document more precise for copyright assignment but lessens its utility as a guarantor of the suitability for use of the code by the future licensees of OSGeo.
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** The paragraph in section IV stipulating that OSGeo commit to keep the code "free" has been left to the Board to write. Previous discussion mentioned this guarantee might be provided by reference to the OSGeo charter. We hope that the language could stipulate that any change in license would be undertaken according to the wishes of the active Project management committee.
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** This version does not contain the request for legal support from contributors in the event of a dispute which was present in the original OSGeo draft. It could if this were felt by the board to be important.
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** Someone will have to sign on behalf of OSGeo.
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** Questions should be addressed to the geotools developer's list <nowiki>geotools-devel@lists.sourceforge.net</nowiki>
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** Thanks and sorry to expose everyone to yet even more legalese.
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* Revise [http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php?title=OSGeo_FAQ&diff=13249&oldid=5281 the FAQ about proprietary software]. -- Jo
 
* Revise [http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php?title=OSGeo_FAQ&diff=13249&oldid=5281 the FAQ about proprietary software]. -- Jo
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* Revisit [[What's Working]] and [[What's Not Working]] -- Arnulf
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* Revisit [[Board tasks]] and consider to either drop this page altogether (do it via Trac?) or appoint page maintainer -- Arnulf
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== Minutes ==
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* Meeting taken place on telephone [[Conference Call]] and on [http://logs.qgis.org/osgeo/%23osgeo.2007-05-18.log IRC].
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* In attendance: Mark Lucas, Arnulf Christl, Jo Walsh, Markus Neteler, Chris Holmes, Frank Warmerdam, Tyler Mitchell
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Appoint meeting secretary
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* Mark scribing meeting
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Reviewed and approved [[Twenty Sixth Board Meeting]] minutes
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* All were in favour of approving minutes
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Discuss timing of a FOSS4G OSGeo face-to-face meeting, if we want one.
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* Agreed that a face-to-face meeting was valuable to have in Victoria
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* Sunday before the conference is the tentative date - assume there is a room available during conference set up
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* Will coordinate with Paul Ramsey
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Approve Arnulf as new VisCom Chair.
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* VisCom approved Arnulf as chair
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* All board were in favour, approved
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[[GeoTools Contribution Steps]]
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* General discussion (Chris)
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* Discussion around copyright of GeoTools
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* Reviewing email that Chris sent - about assigning copyright to OSGeo
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* Jo, commented on clause that OSGeo may license under other terms, some questions about whether they can be further reassigned
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* General agreement that having a standardized CLA for projects is good, rather than different for each one
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* Geotools is working on wording in a new proposed agreement
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* Discussed how to accomplish a legal review of the CLA
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* Agreed to finalize wording, then coordinate with Autodesk legal staff which has donated assistance in the past
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Revise [http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php?title=OSGeo_FAQ&diff=13249&oldid=5281 the FAQ about proprietary software]. -- Jo
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* Reviewed changes and accepted
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Revisit [[What's Working]] and [[What's Not Working]] -- Arnulf
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* Briefly reviewed the pages
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* Agreed to have '''everyone review the web pages and update'''
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Revisit [[Board tasks]] and consider to either drop this page altogether (do it via Trac?) or appoint page maintainer -- Arnulf
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* Revisit board tasks and consider whether to drop and move to trac, what should status be.
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* Reviewed the list and discussed some of the current status, not an active page
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* Move to Trac as appropriate
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* Various outstanding tasks briefly mention, on Tyler's plate: fund raising, 501c3 status, election planning
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* Others: binary stack, financial statements
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Other items:
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* Directors and officers insurance
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** Tyler has a quote, will coordinate with Gary and have board give final approval
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** Other foundations carry this type of insurance, will research and make recommendations
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* OSGeo Journal
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** First journal released, good work
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Meeting adjourned 15:41UTC, all in favour
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[[Category: Board]]

Latest revision as of 06:23, 23 July 2008

This board meeting has been scheduled for the 18th of May at 15:00 UTC (fixedtime), by phone and IRC (#osgeo) at the same time.

Communication will use the new Conference Call facilities.

Agenda

Minutes

  • Meeting taken place on telephone Conference Call and on IRC.
  • In attendance: Mark Lucas, Arnulf Christl, Jo Walsh, Markus Neteler, Chris Holmes, Frank Warmerdam, Tyler Mitchell


Appoint meeting secretary

  • Mark scribing meeting


Reviewed and approved Twenty Sixth Board Meeting minutes

  • All were in favour of approving minutes


Discuss timing of a FOSS4G OSGeo face-to-face meeting, if we want one.

  • Agreed that a face-to-face meeting was valuable to have in Victoria
  • Sunday before the conference is the tentative date - assume there is a room available during conference set up
  • Will coordinate with Paul Ramsey


Approve Arnulf as new VisCom Chair.

  • VisCom approved Arnulf as chair
  • All board were in favour, approved


GeoTools Contribution Steps

  • General discussion (Chris)
  • Discussion around copyright of GeoTools
  • Reviewing email that Chris sent - about assigning copyright to OSGeo
  • Jo, commented on clause that OSGeo may license under other terms, some questions about whether they can be further reassigned
  • General agreement that having a standardized CLA for projects is good, rather than different for each one
  • Geotools is working on wording in a new proposed agreement
  • Discussed how to accomplish a legal review of the CLA
  • Agreed to finalize wording, then coordinate with Autodesk legal staff which has donated assistance in the past


Revise the FAQ about proprietary software. -- Jo

  • Reviewed changes and accepted


Revisit What's Working and What's Not Working -- Arnulf

  • Briefly reviewed the pages
  • Agreed to have everyone review the web pages and update


Revisit Board tasks and consider to either drop this page altogether (do it via Trac?) or appoint page maintainer -- Arnulf

  • Revisit board tasks and consider whether to drop and move to trac, what should status be.
  • Reviewed the list and discussed some of the current status, not an active page
  • Move to Trac as appropriate
  • Various outstanding tasks briefly mention, on Tyler's plate: fund raising, 501c3 status, election planning
  • Others: binary stack, financial statements


Other items:

  • Directors and officers insurance
    • Tyler has a quote, will coordinate with Gary and have board give final approval
    • Other foundations carry this type of insurance, will research and make recommendations
  • OSGeo Journal
    • First journal released, good work

Meeting adjourned 15:41UTC, all in favour