Time and Location
This is a meeting for those interested in the LocationTech industry working group forming at Eclipse.
- Quick row call - All
- Meeting details at Location Intelligence
- OSGeo/Eclipse Location IWG collaboration - Andrew Ross/Dave McIlhagga
- Technology interest matrix - Dave McIlhagga/Andrew Ross
- Lead projects
- handful of other candidates in progress
- Next Steps/ Next month's call
The following people attended:
- Andrew Ross, Mike Milinkovich - Eclipse Foundation
- Xavier Lopez - Oracle
- Dave McIlhagga, Paul Spencer - DM Solutions Group
- Craig Statchuk - IBM
- Geoff Zeiss - Autodesk
- Angela Demke Brown - University of Toronto
- Thierry Badard - Spatialytics
- Heather Leson - Ushahidi
- Daniel Morissette - Mapgears & member of OSGeo board
- Michael Gerlek - Independent consultant & member of OSGeo board
- Tyler Mitchell - Actian
- Justin Lokitz - Autodesk
- Chris Holmes, Eddie Pickle - OpenGeo
- Row call. See the attendance above.
- Brief introduction from newcomers: Thierry & Spatialytics, Heather & Ushahidi, Michael;Daniel & OSGeo
- Details shared for May face to face meeting ACTION: Andrew to reach out to everyone to see who's planning on coming.
- Michael, Daniel, Dave, and Andrew spoke of OSGeo & Eclipse Location IWG collaboration
- Strong desire to join forces/not compete for the same resources
- Recognition that OSGeo community, local chapter meetings, conference, and project contributions are working very well.
- It was felt the Eclipse model to encourage business engagement & Eclipse professional staff should help address a missing piece for open source location technology.
- It's worth noting so it doesn't get lost that on the community front that Eclipse has 220+ community projects, 42M+ lines of code, and 1K committers.
- Comment that some aspects of OSGeo fit very nicely with Eclipse & the Location IWG. Others likely don't need that level of assistance.
- Craig commented that these efforts to collaborate and ensure open source location technologies are palatable to big companies are very much appreciated.
- Mike shared experience how an extensible platform (the Eclipse platform) helped organize and encourage re-use of Eclipse technologies. Similar may benefit location technologies.
- Dave noted the parts are there in general, and standards have enabled high degrees of interoperability
- Michael noted there are 3 distributions that aim in this direction: the OSGeo live image, OSGeo4W, and the OpenGeo suite
- Dave outlined his idea re: technology interest matrix. In short, each participant in the IWG +1 or 0, or -1's each item in a list of technologies. These technologies can be existing open source projects or features/capabilities that don't yet exist. This should help our SC decide on initial focus areas.
- As an approach, Andrew suggested a survey. ACTION: Everyone. Please send your technology interest to Andrew for inclusion to the survey. We'll review the master list using the wiki and then vote on them via. a survey.
- Craig gave an example using Google maps of how important/crucial features are the key here. Also noted an interest in providing data.
- The team expressed interest in a release/distribution of software providing features on-par with what users expect from Google Maps.
- Discussion indicated strong interest in relationships with data-providing organizations and especially OpenStreetMap.
- Mike asked whether a platform, or software as a service (SAS) was what participants were interested in. Eclipse has much experience in developing & shipping a platform. It's just getting into providing SAS (aside from development services which it has considerable expertise in)
- Face to face meeting in May in Washington D.C.
- Technology interest matrix & survey as described above
- Andrew to create a draft charter to start iterating with the team
- uDig, Jackpine, and GeoScript will be starting the project application process
- Andrew's looking for another project or two for the launch. Talking to an imaging company who has a hadoop based geo data cruncher. More soon.
- IBM & Oracle will be our Strategic members initiating the IWG as per our IWG process.
- Craig & Xavier have tentatively offered to be the inaugural co-chairs of the IWG. As per the process, they must come from Strategic members. ACTION: Andrew to book a call with Xavier & Craig to talk about what the chair's role involves so each can confirm. If anyone wants to contribute to or participate in this discussion, contact Andrew.
- Andrew will start the membership process soon for new companies.
- Continue working on a proposal for collaboration with OSGeo