Re: Thursday SPDX General Meeting Reminder

Oliver Fendt

Hi all,

sorry for not being able to participate yesterday in the conf call.

I want to comment on one topic of the last minutes. The topic is:

o             Mikael delivered a workshop at Siemens

They didn't understand license request process

Mikael encouraged them to participate in SPDX  “


I want to thank Mikael for the presentation. He did a very well job and gave us an interesting talk although he had a flue.

In the Q&A part of his talk, I raised the point that at least for me the criteria a license has to fulfill to be accepted for inclusion in the SPDX® license list is not really transparent to me.

In the past I submitted several licenses, some were accepted and some not. That’s totally ok but and the reasons for not accepting those were not transparent to me, like “this is not really an Open Source license” although already some creative commons license instances are in the SPDX license list which are not compliant to the open source definition as well. Another license was not accepted because it has no version number.

When I raised the point to  Mikael I wanted to express that the process for submission is quite clear and we understand it, because it is well described. But it is not described what criteria are checked by the team in charge in order to decide whether the license will be included or not. It would really help (at least me) if these criteria are described because this would help me to save effort and submit in future only those which will meet al criteria.

I hope that the topic of the minutes is bit more clear now




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Von: spdx-bounces@... [mailto:spdx-bounces@...] Im Auftrag von kate.stewart@...
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 3.
Juli 2014 17:01
An: Philip Odence; spdx@...
Betreff: Re: Thursday SPDX General Meeting Reminder


Appologies,  have a work conflict today and not able to join in.


Technical team activities:

-  work continues on spec.   Have resolved out file types,  file usage portions.

-  decision made to not include the RDF vocabulary in the SPEC going forward,  Gary is was having issues regenerating it in form suitable for inclusion, and prefers to go with a different tool in future.   Spec will be the master and refer to a static version, that will be on web site. 


On Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:56 PM, Philip Odence <podence@...> wrote:




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Administrative Agenda



Technical Team Report - Kate



Legal Team Report - Jilayne



Business Team Report – Jack



Cross Functional Issues – Phil



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General Meeting/Minutes/2014-06-05

  • Attendance: 11
  • Lead by Phil Odence
  • Minutes of May meeting approved

Biz Team Report - Jack

  • Summer of Code- Lots of discussion on the Tech Team mailing list
  • Website- Jack and Matt are adding a page regarding University participation
  • LinuxCon- Working on getting a room
  • Website Statistics- Scott Lamons has volunteered to analyze on an ongoing basis and report to the Business Team
  • Vertical whitepapers in progress
  • Europe
    • Mikael delivered a workshop at Siemens
      • They didn't understand license request process
      • Mikael encouraged them to participate in SPDX
    • GENIVI- Mikael also promoted SPDX at the GENIVI All Members Meeting

Legal Team Report - Jilayne

  • Focus is on 2.0 deliverables
    • Fedora list
      • Worked through the list completely
      • Just a few remaining questions
    • New exceptions list is in process
    • In process of reviewing the website for how to present all the new developments

Tech Team Report - Gary

  • Very productive month
    • Kate heavily into spec drafting
    • Bug reports all combed through and assigned
    • All big issues addressed
  • Gary and Mark agreed that we are "on track" for delivery at LinuxCon
  • No clear due date for a draft from Kate

Cross Functional Issues – Phil

  • Working with Apache
    • Gary developed a Maven plugin to auto-generate an SPDX file
    • Getting some help from ASF members, but not a lot of pull
    • Now looking to attached to another group within Maven



  • Phil Odence, Black Duck
  • Scott Sterling, Palamida
  • Jilanyne Lovejoy, ARM
  • Mark Gisi, Wind River
  • Matt Germonprez, UNO
  • Jack Manbeck, TI
  • Paul Madick, HP
  • Tom Incorvia, Microfocus
  • Gary O'Neall, Source Auditor
  • Mikael Söderberg, Pelagicore
  • Scott Lamons, HP 

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