Topic: Use of External Resources for Standards development

Several suggestions have been made that the OGC should use external, online resources for its work.

A suggestion has been made that the OGC should develop its standards on GitHub.

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I do not believe in this - on the contrary, this confuses, diverges, and ultimately kills the standardization idea. By definition a standard must favor a specific approach over all others. Does software get interoperable by putting it on GitHub? ;-)

-- PeterBaumann - 30 Jun 2013

I view this as a good out-reach effort to the developer community. While I respect the above feedback on confidentiality, there are a couple places where putting work on GitHub can help:

- Completed standards: Putting the result on GitHub would allow vendors to fork the original in order to document their vendor extensions to a standard. - Ad-hoc standards: collaborating on border line cases where a full standard may not be required (such as GeoJSON). - Engineering Reports: these are aimed a bit more for the developer target audience containing cold-hard implementation advise. Putting that level of content in GitHub as the perfect answer to Chris Homes rant on GeoPackage.

In all cases by using GitHub the OGC could track what ways the standard gets forked and view it as a feature request for the next iteration. There is no requirement to accept pull-reqeusts after all if you cannot sort out the IP consequences of contributions.

Aside: It can be done on the IP side of things - The Eclipse Foundation (operates in a very locked down manner which is extremely IP conscious) has recently sorted out a set of procedures to allow projects to function on GitHub while still respecting IP diligence:

-- JodyGarnett - 01 Jul 2013

Topic revision: r4 - 20 Aug 2013, TrevorTaylor
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