OTB Incubation Application
The project is the Orfeo Toolbox (OTB) available at http://www.orfeo-toolbox.org. This is a project started by CNES (the French Space Agency) in 2006 to provide open source tools to process satellite images and extract information. There are several links with other OSGeo project such as Gdal and ossim, QGIS. The project is currently released under the CeCILL license (compatible with GPL).
Answers to the Incubator Application Questionnaire
1. Please provide the name and email address of the principal Project Owner.
Manuel Grizonnet (manuel.grizonnet@…)
2. Please provide the names and emails of co-project owners (if any).
You can find the list of current members of OTB Project Steering committee.
3. Please provide the names, emails and entity affiliation of all official committers.
http://www.ohloh.net/p/otb/contributors?page=1 from CNES, CS (mostly under a contract with CNES), IRSTEA, Telecom Bretagne, Google, National Technical University of Athens...
4. Please describe your Project. Provide open source tools to process satellite images and extract information
5. Why is hosting at OSGeo good for your project?
It would be good for our project to be associated with OSGeo (public awareness, quality control and cooperation with other OSGeo projects like QGIS or Grass). It would be also really interesting to get an access to the OSGeo infrastructure (website, mailing list...).
6. Type of application does this project represent(client, server, standalone, library, etc.).
Library with some applications with Graphical User Interfaces (OTB-Applications and Monteverdi).
7. Please describe any relationships to other open source projects.
Intensive use of ITK, Gdal and ossim. OTB applications are also available through Quantum GIS plugins (through the processing plugin)
8. Please describe any relationships with commercial companies or products.
9. Which open source license(s) will the source code be released under?
CeCILL v2 (GPL compatible) since the beginning and Apache v2 starting with version 6.0 (2017).
10. Is there already a beta or official release?
Current release is 5.10.1 (March 2017).
11. What is the origin of your project (commercial, experimental, thesis or other higher education, government, or some other source)?
Government (CNES the French Space Agency)
12. Does the project support open standards? Which ones and to what extent? (OGC, w3c, ect.) Has the software been certified to any standard (CITE for example)? If not, is it the intention of the project owners to seek certification at some point? OTB supports open data standard through GDAL and OGR
13. Is the code free of patents, trademarks, and do you control the copyright?
The code is free of patents and trademarks.
14. How many people actively contribute (code, documentation, other?) to the project at this time?
10/15 people currently contributing.
15. How many people have commit access to the source code repository?
Distributed source control is used (subversion and mercurial in the past and git since 2015). Currently 20 people have a push access to the main repository.
16. Approximately how many users are currently using this project?
That's hard to tell...We observed a significantly increase of the number of downloads since 2010. The availability of binary packages (on Linux, Windows, Mac) helps a lot to increase the number of OTB users.
17. What type of users does your project attract (government, commercial, hobby, academic research, etc. )?
government, academic research, company...
18. If you do not intend to host any portion of this project using the OSGeo infrastructure, why should you be considered a member project of the OSGeo Foundation?
We intend if it is possible to host portion of the project using the OSGeo infrastructure and we are convinced that the incubation of OTB will really increase interactions with other projects of the foundation.
19. Does the project include an automated build and test?
CMake and Ctest with a nightly submission of more that 2600 tests on more than 10 different platforms (see dash.orfeo-toolbox.org).
20. What language(s) are used in this project?
C++ with availability of Python bindings...
21. What is the dominant written language (i.e. English, French, Spanish, German, etc) of the core developers?
The dominant language is English (code, comments, mailing lists and documentation). Some tutorials are also available in French.
22. What is the (estimated) size of a full release of this project? How many users do you expect to download the project when it is released?
40 MB for the source, 60 MB for the windows binary release. Between 500 to 1500 downloads per Month for the latest release 5.8 on OTB website, but the files are available from other sources as well.