MapServer incubation status

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MapServer is a graduated OSGeo project. This page is the archive of the incubation process.


Has the project been approved for incubation by the OSGeo board?
Yes, selected for "founding project" incubation by the OSGeo board.
Has an Incubation committee member been assigned as Mentor?
Yes, Chris Holmes has been assigned as MapServer incubation mentor.

Infrastructure Transition

Has the domain been populated with the projects web presence?
Yes, to a point. There is a basic page that points to our primary, plone-based, website.
Is the OSGeo bug tracker being used for the project?
Yes, we migrated to the OSGeo TRAC instance in late April 2007.
Bug tracking repository moved?
Is the OSGeo mailing list manager being used for the project?
Yes, mailing lists including history have been migrated
Is the OSGeo SVN or CVS system being used for the project?
Yes, we migrated from CVS to the OSGeo SVN instance in early May 2007.
Are binary and source downloads available from the OSGeo download area?
Yes, source downloads (nightly and official releases) were moved to OSGeo in early May 2007.

Community Functioning

Is there a functioning user support mechanisms (ie. mailing list)?
The mapserver-users mailing list is quite active and well posed questions often result in more than one helpful response.
Are source and binary downloads for the package available?
Yes, visit
Has a Project Steering Committee been formed, and given control of the project?
Yes, the RFC transitioning our technical steering committee (TSC) to the PSC passed in April 2007. PSC membership is now complete.
Does the Project Steering Committee have documentation on project procedures for PSC decisions, contributor guidelines, etc.
Yes, see RFC's (for PSC, and committer rules at least). May need to review committer rules in light of tighter OSGeo policy.
How many active developers are there? Are they from multiple organizations?
Yes, approximately 15 committers are established from 10 or more organizations. See detailed list (updated 7/8/2008).

Foundation Membership

Have project documents been updated to reflect membership in the foundation, and the relationship of the project to the foundation?
Yes, the MapServer homepage indicates that the project is an OSGeo project. There are links to the OSGeo homepage and MapServer incubation documentation under community portion of the website.
Has an effort been made to brand the project web site with OSGeo foundation web styling and branding marks?
No, not yet. It feels like that should wait until graduation. At that point a OSGeo logo will be featured prominently on the MapServer home page.

Code Copyright Review

Has a Code Provenance Review document been prepared for the project?
Yes, a contributors list has been developed. A shared spreadsheet is being used to track provenance for MapServer proper and MapScript. A provenance task list is part of that work and is being used to track any issues uncovered.
Have issues raised in the provenance review been adequately addressed?
indicate outstanding issues.