Opticks Incubation Checklist

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Opticks Incubation Checklist

Completed sections have been filled out, and sections with work remaining to be done have been marked with TODO.


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:
    • LGPL v2.1 License
    • Open communication via IRC and mailing lists
    • Open decision-making via this policy
  2. Active and healthy community:
    • TODO: The project should have a community of developers and users who actively collaborate and support each other in a healthy way.
      Eg. collaboration on project activities such as testing, release and feature development.
    • TODO: Long term viability of the project is demonstrated by showing participation and direction from multiple developers, who come from multiple organisations.
      Eg. The project is resilient enough to sustain loss of a developer or supporting organisation, often referred to as having a high bus factor. Decisions are made openly instead of behind closed doors, 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. LGPL v2.1 license.
  2. TODO: Project documentation is available under an open license, such as Creative Commons.
  3. TODO: 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.
  4. TODO: The project maintains a list of all copyright holders identified in the Provenance Review Document.
  5. TODO: All code contributors have agreed to abide by the project's license policy, and this agreement has been documented and archived.


  1. Configuration management: svn
  2. Issue tracker: [1]
    • Open decision-making via this policy
    • Open communication via IRC and mailing lists


  1. The project has user documentation:
  2. The project has developer documentation:
    • Including checkout and build instructions in svn repository.
    • Full documentation of the Opticks C++ SDK, published by doxygen.
    • Contributing patches to Opticks is explained here

Release Procedure

In order to maintain a consistent level of quality, the project should follow defined release and testing processes.

  1. TODO: The project follows a defined release process:
    • TODO: Which includes execution of the testing process before releasing a stable release.
  2. TODO: The project follows a documented testing process.
    Ideally, this includes both automated and manual testing
    Ideally this includes documented conformance to set quality goals, such as reporting Percentage Code Coverage of Unit Tests.
  3. TODO: Release and testing processes provide sufficient detail for an experienced programmer to follow.

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. TODO: A project provide a Project Officer as a contract point:
    • TODO: The Project Officer should be listed at: Project Officer
    • TODO: This person is established when the incubation committee recommends the project for graduation
    • TODO: 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:
    • TODO: Application Overview
    • TODO: Application Quickstart
    • The Opticks icon is included with the application and online.
  2. TODO: Ideally, stable version(s) of executable applications are bundled with appropriate distributions.
    In most cases, this will at least include OSGeo-Live, but may also include DebianGIS, UbuntuGIS, and/or osgeo4w ms4w, etc.)


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

As an example the PostGIS release procedure asks that the release be checked with MapServer, GeoServer and others.


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:

  • OSGeo issue tracker - not requested
  • OSGeo mailing list - not requested
  • OSGeo svn - not requested
  • http://downloads.osgeo.org - not requested