Version 12 (modified by Even Rouault, 3 years ago) (diff)

Kurt Schwehr added to the PSC

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

Note that discussion of proposals to the PMC take place on gdal-dev, and input from all subscribers is welcome. A list of past RFCs, and past motions is available for review.


Occational (usually release focused) meetings are held in the #gdal IRC channel on All interested parties are welcome.