[Koha] Fwd: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Evergreen foundation (again)

vtl at scls.lib.wi.us vtl at scls.lib.wi.us
Sat Sep 19 00:48:29 NZST 2009

For those of you who are interested in establishing a Koha foundation, this
may be of interest.  The Evergreen folks are trying to do the same.  Perhaps
we can learn from each other in true open source fashion.


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From: Hyman, Ben EDUC:EX <Ben.Hyman at gov.bc.ca>
Date: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 10:09 PM
Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Evergreen foundation (again)
To: open-ils-general at list.georgialibraries.org

I concur entirely with Dan (thanks for reviving this discussion Dan), and
would love to see the community celebrating the creation of just such a
Foundation at the conference in Grand Rapids. Perhaps that's being
unrealistic, but sooner is better, IMHO. I suppose Foundation establishment
should precede celebration...perhaps an exploratory work group could be
nominated by the community?

Ben Hyman
Manager, Library Policy & Technology
Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, BC
Phone 250.387.4043 or Toll Free 800.663.7051
ben.hyman at gov.bc.ca <mailto:ben.hyman at gov.bc.ca>
www.bced.gov.bc.ca/pls/ <http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/pls/>

From: Dan Scott <dan at coffeecode.net>

Date: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Subject: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Evergreen foundation (again)

To: Evergreen Discussion Group <open-ils-general at list.georgialibraries.org>

There was a brief discussion shortly after the Evergreen Conference about
the possibility of setting up an Evergreen Software Foundation [1] and most
recently a proposal to set up a joint Koha + Evergreen foundation (which is
probably a function better served by something like http://www.code4lib.org/<
http://www.code4lib.org/>  in any case).

I posted a response to George's blog post [2] about the difficulties that
the Koha community has undergone recently and their renewed effort to
establish a foundation, but in that context I would like to revive the
discussion about an Evergreen Software Foundation by suggesting that if such
an entity is formed, it should roughly have the following responsibilities:

* Hold the trademarks, logos, and evergreen-ils.org/open-ils.org related
collateral in trust for the use of the community

* Extend the community's development capacity (for example, by funding the
creation of developer training tutorials and workshops, where development
should be defined broadly to include documentation, usability, design,
testing, etc)

* Coordinate joint funding for the development of new features

* Organize the Evergreen International Conferences

Further, I suggest that we would be foolish to turn down the Software
Freedom Conservancy's [3] offer to serve, for free, as the 501(c)(3) [4]
shell organization that would be able to hold the collateral and financial
assets in trust for the foundation, and would accept donations to the
foundation and maintain corporate records and file the tax return (again,
for free). It has been stated several times that "it's not that hard to file
the paperwork for a 501(c)(3)", but I would argue that an advantage of the
Software Freedom Conservancy is that it is a neutral entity.

[1]. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.education.libraries.open-ils.general/1258<

[2]. http://www.parser.ca/z678/2009/09/16/koha-manoeuvres/ <

[3]. http://conservancy.softwarefreedom.org/ <
http://conservancy.softwarefreedom.org/>  - "As a fiscal sponsor for FOSS
projects, the Conservancy provides member projects with free financial and
administrative services, but does not involve itself with technological and
artistic decisions."

[4]. As a Canadian, I don't care about 501(c)(3) status because I get no tax
advantages from it.

Vicki Teal Lovely

Software Applications Supervisor
South Central Library System
vtl at scls.lib.wi.us
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