Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Are we there yet?

Is anybody home?
It's been three weeks since we announced that the Esri Geoportal extension would be released as open source. It may have seemed a bit quiet since, but rest assured, a lot has happened.

In my previous post I indicated we were looking at a Creative Commons-esk license model. Several people pointed out that this license is not recommended for source code. And yes we did see the FAQ on that topic.

And so started a quest for an appropriate license model that would give everyone: developers, implementers, and (sorry folks!) Esri what they need. If there only was a geek channel on TV. this would have made a great 'America's next top (license) model' show.

Along the way we revisited a great resource collected by the state of Massachusetts IT Division. It’s a bit dated, but the basics still apply.

While Esri has experience with open source from a licensing-in perspective, with the Geoportal extension going open source, we're flipping into a new role for the first time of licensing-out Esri software under an open source license.

From the 50+ (!) models discussed in that spreadsheet, it would have been great fun to use the Motosoto or Sleepycat license models, just because of their names. But no, we didn't select either.

Geoportal Extension will be released under the Apache 2.0 license!

Are we there yet?

Almost. We now have the task of moving source code, documentation, and such to a public source repository and find a proper way to integrate/link with the Esri websites (resource centers and such). But with this big step made, we're getting close.

1 comment:

  1. For those who haven't noticed yet: http://sourceforge.net/projects/geoportal/