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'''''HISTORIC DOCUMENT of the process of how this team came into existence. Operation of the PSC is managed [[PSC|here]].'''''
This page discusses the need for a GRASS Project Steering Commitee (PSC), preferably at a low level of complication.
==1st Letter to GRASS mailing lists==
                                    02/10/2006 06:15 PM
Dear GRASS community,
in the Chicago meeting the GRASS project was suggested to
as one of the initial OSGeo foundation projects.
So far I only received positive feedback on the idea of
moving GRASS more formally to the foundation (while the
individual authors are keeping their copyright which is
a major difference to the Apache Foundation.)
A couple of things will have to be sorted out in the
coming months to make GRASS's membership possible (below
list is inspired by Frank's mail to the GRASS project):
o We will need to form a "GRASS Project Steering Committee"
  (PSC). Foundation projects need a formalized management
  which may be desired in any case. I would be glad to
  receive suggestions of names for this committee. For
  inspiration, please look at the MapServer Technical
  Steering Committee as described here:
o One benefit of the foundation is some degree of legal
  support and protection for the project. The flip side of that
  is that the foundation needs to ensure some degree of
  rigor and process in how code comes into the project. One
  part of that is getting committers to sign a legal agreement
  indicating that they agree that changes they commit will
  be under the license of GRASS (GPL) and that they have
  the right to submit the code (they wrote it, it is not
  patented, have permission from their employer, etc).
o We will have to review the existing code base (which is
  huge - more than 500000 lines of source code in GRASS 6).
  Luckily a major code review was already done for GRASS 5.
  Also the "Debianization" process was performed for GRASS
  5 and GRASS 6.
o It is suggested to move the support infrastructure for GRASS
  to new foundation systems. Stuff like CVS (maybe SVN then),
  and bugtracker and mailing lists. The web site will also
  likely appear under a foundation subdomain (ie. grass.osgeo.org)
  with hopefully the known mirror site structure as before
  with grass.itc.it, grass.ibiblio.org etc as principal mirror
  sites. If so, the web site will be migrated into a contents
  management system (CMS) in a harmonized "foundation style".
  A CMS will hopefully solve the problem to get more people
  involved in the Web site contents management.
o We hope to establish options to enable sponorship for the
  foundation - be as direct funding or for selected foundation
  projects. Details have to be worked out. My suggestion is to
  create national tax-exempt organizations (such as the
  German GRASS Anwender-Vereinigung e.V. which already exists)
  which may offer to receive donations.
o For now we should think about nominating people with
  recognized contribution to the GRASS project, to
  free data, to whatever deems significant. A small paragraph
  describing why the candidate is proposed as member to
  the foundation is needed as well. This will be announced
  more formally soon. Please see ongoing discussions here:
(Nearly) nothing is set in stone yet.
More details will follow, a couple of official documents
are being currently prepared
Your feedback is welcome.
==2nd Letter to GRASS mailing lists==
                                        02/11/2006 12:16 AM
Dear all,
while I already received two suggestions for a GRASS
Project Steering Committee (PSC), I suggest to post the
nominations in public, if there are no objections.
I would like to have that transparent to everyone.
Nominations should contain the name and a short paragraph
why it is a good candidate. We also have to decide,
how many members the PSC should have.
It is worth reading
- http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
  (they are very successful, and the document applies much
    to the GRASS project culture)
- http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-1/
  (MS RFC 1: Technical Steering Committee Guidelines) 
    apparently 7 members there.
- http://lists.maptools.org/pipermail/gdal-dev/2006-February/thread.html#7881
    (GDAL PSC to be formed)
- http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-10/
  (MS RFC 10: Joining the Open Source Geospatial Foundation)
- https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=9682788&forum_id=475
  (Community MapBuilder PMC membership nomination)
- https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=9673493&forum_id=475
  (MapBuilder & Mapbender and the OSGeo Foundation)
In fact, there is lot of material to digest in these days..
==3rd Letter to GRASS Dev mailing list==
Markus Neteler  neteler at itc.it Sun, 23 Apr 2006 18:10:25 +0200
On Sat, Apr 22, 2006 at 01:00:01PM +0100, Glynn Clements wrote:
> Alpha support in the current display architecture isn't going to
> happen (I reverted the last attempt to add it, and will do likewise in
> future).
... this is why I really suggest to get interested in a project
steering committee [1], [2].
Instead of recursively reverted changes of other developers,
we should come up with a design discussion and then *vote* on it.
At least for such crucidal pieces of the code I would like to
see less anarchy and a more formal approach. This will render
development more transparent to everybody. The scope cannot be to
have two display management systems in parallel, one without
and one with alpha support.
Existing steering committees, to get inspired from:
Mapserver: http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-1
GDAL:      http://www.gdal.org/rfc1_pmc.html
Mapbender: http://www.mapbender.org/index.php/Mapbender_PSC
Please think about it!
[1] http://grass.itc.it/pipermail/grass5/2006-February/021178.html
[2] http://grass.itc.it/pipermail/grass5/2006-April/022185.html
* http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/grass-dev/2006-April/thread.html#22556
== Nominations 2006 ==
''The comments were copied from the [http://www.nabble.com/forum/Search.jtp?userPosts=y&user=449164&query=psc&sort=date related emails].''
# Brad Douglas (nominated by 11): for clone removal and code refactoring
# Cedric Shock (nominated by 11): various code contributions
# Dylan Beaudette (nominated by 4): deep commitment to community, publishes useful tips
# Glynn Clements (nominated by 1): for his vast knowledge of standards, practices and compatibility
# Hamish Bowman (nominated by 11): for documentation, integration, and various modules
# Helena Mitasova (nominated by 1): for the obvious
# Maciej Sieczka (nominated by 5):
# Markus Neteler (nominated by 14): for the obvious.  :-)
# Michael Barton (nominated by 12): very responsive to comments and questions; various code contributions
# Paolo Zatelli (nominated by 1 ): no reason given
# Paul Kelly (nominated by 11): for PROJ and platform support
# Radim Blazek (nominated by 1): for his extensive GRASS work including vector and DBMS support
# Roger Bivand (nominated by 7): no reason given
# Venkatesh Raghavan (nominated by 9):
# Massimiliano Cannata (nominated by 1):
Declined (please reconsider =])
# Radim Blazek (nominated by 1): for his extensive GRASS work including vector and DBMS support
== Status September 2006 ==
'''The GRASS Project Steering Committee ([[PSC]])''' - officially formed 11th Sept. 2006.
* '''Michael Barton''' (michael barton * asu edu)
* '''Dylan Baudette''' (debeaudette * ucdavis edu)
* '''Hamish Bowman''' (hamish_nospam * yahoo com)
* '''Massimiliano Cannata''' (massimiliano cannata * supsi ch)
* '''Brad Douglas''' (rez * touchofmadness com)
* '''Paul Kelly''' (paul-grass stjohnspoint co uk)
* '''Helena Mitasova''' (hmitaso * unity ncsu edu)
* '''Scott Mitchell''' (smitch * mac com)
* '''Markus Neteler''' (neteler * osgeo org) (chair)
* '''Maciej Sieczka''' (tutey * o2 pl)
(see also [http://grass.osgeo.org/community/team.php GRASS team page])
Next step: Revise [http://grass.osgeo.org/programming6/rfc1_psc.html RFC1] (Request For Comment) for the GRASS community to consider
== Status November 2006 ==
A [http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/grass-psc/ dedicated GRASS-PSC mailing list] has been created. It is open to the public.
== Status December 2006 ==
The [[PSC]] has a [[PSC Agenda]] (more there).
[[Category: PSC]]

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