Marble Graduation Checklist

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Marble has succesfully graduated form Incubation on 17 October 2013 and is now an official OSGeo project.

Incubation Checklist

More details are linked from the corresponding section on the Marble Incubation Status page.


The project has demonstrated that it has an open, active and healthy user and developer community:

  1. Open: projects are expected to function in an open and public manner and include:
    • Open source license: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 2.1
    • Open communication channels: Mailing Lists, IRC, Wiki
    • Open decision making process: Open developer mailing list
  2. Active and healthy community: Yes
    • The project has a community of developers and users who actively collaborate and support each other in a healthy way. Yes
    • Long term viability of the project is demonstrated by showing participation and direction from multiple developers, who come from multiple organisations. The project is resilient enough to sustain loss of a developer. It has a bus factor of 5. Decisions are made openly, which empowers all developers to take ownership of the project and facilitates spreading of knowledge between current and future team members.

Copyright and License

We need to ensure that the project owns or otherwise has obtained the ability to release the project code by completing the following steps:

  1. All project source code is available under an Open Source license. Yes
  2. Project documentation is available under an open license, such as Creative Commons. Yes
  3. The project code, documentation and data has been adequately vetted to assure it is all properly licensed, and a copyright notice included, as per a Provenance Review. Yes, see Marble Code Provenance Review
  4. The project maintains a list of all copyright holders identified in the Provenance Review Document. 'Yes
  5. All code contributors have agreed to abide by the project's license policy, and this agreement has been documented and archived. 'Yes


  1. The project has code under configuration management. Yes
  2. The project uses an issue tracker and keeps the status of the issue tracker up to date. Yes
  3. The project has documented its management processes. Yes:
    • The project has a suitable open governance policy ensuring decisions are made, documented and adhered to in a public manner. Yes
    • The project uses public communication channels for decision making to maintain transparency. Yes


  1. The project has user documentation: Yes:
    • Including sufficient detail to guide a new user through performing the core functionality provided by the application. Yes
  2. The project has developer documentation:
    • Including checkout and build instructions. Yes:
    • Including commented code, ideally published for developer use. Yes
    • Providing sufficient detail for an experienced programmer to contribute patches or a new module in accordance with the project's programming conventions. Yes

Release Procedure

In order to maintain a consistent level of quality, the project should follow defined release and testing processes. As a KDE project Marble follows the processes defined in the KDE community.

  1. The project follows a defined release process: Yes:
    • Which includes execution of the testing process before releasing a stable release. Yes
  2. The project follows a documented testing process. Yes: QA page with code checker
  3. Release and testing processes provide sufficient detail for an experienced programmer to follow. Yes

OSGeo Committees and Community

The OSGeo Foundation is made up of a number of committees, projects and local chapters. This section gathers up information these groups have requested from OSGeo projects. These expectations are not mandatory requirements before graduation, but a project should be prepared to address them in order to be considered a good OSGeo citizen.


The OSGeo Board holds ultimate responsibility for all OSGeo activities. The Board requests:

  1. A project provide a Project Officer as a contract point: Yes
    • The Project Officer should be listed at: Project Officer
    • This person is established when the incubation committee recommends the project for graduation.
    • Your community can change the project officer as needed (just add an agenda item to the next board meeting so they can recognise the change of officer).


Access to OSGeo's Marketing_Committee and associated Marketing_Pipeline is one of the key benefits of joining the OSGeo foundation. The Marketing Committee requests:

  1. Marketing artefacts have been created about the project in line with the incubation criteria listed in the OSGeo Marketing Committee's Marketing Artefacts. This lists the documentation requirements for OSGeo-Live. Marketing Artefacts include:
    • Application Overview Yes
    • Application Quick Start Yes
    • Logo Yes
    • Graphical Image Yes
  2. Ideally, stable version(s) of executable applications are bundled with appropriate distributions. Yes


Projects do not exist in isolation; and are expected to communicate and collaborate on key issues.

Marble is part of a major release process within the KDE community. As a desktop application there are not many dependencies to other libraries.


The System Administration Committee is available to help infrastructure and facilities. Information for this committee is collected as part of the Project Status Template. The following should be set up:

A project may optionally request SAC help to make use of: None required, the project is in a safe haven at the KDE community-