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Jody Garnett


Tracker: Replace Contribution Agreement


contemplating contrubution



In the last year we have had a bit of confusion around our contribution agreement, and have recently received feedback that it was unsuitable for use.
Now we can speculate about why that is (for example it may just require thought by a legal department who are otherwise paid not to take risks), but speculation is not productive.

The solution is to go with a battle hardened agreement that is "easy" for others to adopt.

With that in mind:

1) Adapt the well respect Apache Contribution Agreement(s)

2) Change the organisation to Open Source Geospatial Foundation

3) Change license to LGPL

We have an example of similar approach here:


This proposal is under construction.

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volunteer needed

  1. Put together the new contribution agreement
  2. Submit to OSGeo board for approval
  3. Add to the developer documentation

Documentation Changes

list the pages effected by this proposal

The Developer Guide will need:

  • comitters page will need an updated PDF contribution agreement
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