Governance and Community Participation
OSGeo Project Membership
Traditionally GDAL has been lead by Frank Warmerdam, the original author of much of GDAL/OGR, though with contributions and input from a variety of people. As of February 2006 GDAL/OGR became a founding project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and began a transition to a more community oriented governance model - in keeping with OSGeo expectations.
Membership as an OSGeo project provides assurances that a variety of best practices are being employed by the GDAL/OGR project, and that users and contributors can be assured of responsible project operation and continuity of the project. In particular:
- A consensus oriented Project Management Committee will be in charge of the project.
- Project source code and contributions will be vetted to ensure code is properly made available, protecting contributors and users of GDAL/OGR.
- Systems infrastructure is provided by the foundation, with responsible backup and redundancy to minimize disruptions.
Project Management Committee
As of April 2006 (following the GDAL/OGR 1.3.2 release) the project has been placed in the hands of a Project Steering Committee. This project steering committee operates under the rules of GDAL/OGR RFC 1, and is overall responsible for decisions related to the GDAL/OGR project. The current members are:
- Frank Warmerdam
- Andrey Kiselev
- Daniel Morissette
- Howard Butler
- Tamas Szekeres
- Even Rouault (chair)
- Jukka Rahkonen
- Kurt Schwehr
Occational (usually release focused) meetings are held in the #gdal IRC channel on irc.freenode.net. All interested parties are welcome.