Steering Committee: please join us!

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Dear all,

The current state of Steering Committee is as follows. We have 4 members from 3 organizations:

  • Julien Michel (me) from CNES
  • Victor Poughon from CNES
  • Guillaume Pasero from CS
  • Remi Cresson from IRSTEA

It is important that the PSC exists and represents the users and contributors community. Compared to the size of this community, Our PSC is very small (and not very representative).

In the early days, work of the PSC was mostly about setting up the rules and also voting changes made to the codebase. Now that rules are well established, and voting have been relaxed and made way easier by the use of gitlab and CI, there is not much work to do for PSC on this side anymore.

Yet there are still many topics for which PSC is important:

  • Relationship with OSGeo,
  • Relationships with Qgis and other software in OTB ecosystem,
  • Organizing users days,
  • Organizing and teaching training courses,
  • Help with big decisions beyond the daily merge requests business,
  • Historical knowledge of the code …

For instance, we are still working actively on OTB 7.0. A wider PSC may help to chose between further refactoring delaying 7.0 or releasing earlier with less changes.

The take home message:

  • PSC is still important even with everything on track for the daily management of software,
  • Workload for PSC members is low (maybe participate to a few threads with votes on the forum per year)
  • The current PSC is too small and does not represent users and contributors correctly,
  • Please consider joining us!

Regards,

Julien

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