[Numpy-discussion] Numerical Mathematics Consortium vs. scipy and numpy

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Mon Jan 30 13:39:10 CST 2006

Alan G Isaac wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Jan 2006, Christopher Barker apparently wrote: 
>> how does one get the open source community to be 
>> represented in this kind of thing? 
> http://www.nmconsortium.org/FldRte/?id=70&page=Downloads

Were you pointing us to any particular document there?

Full membership (that is, with voting rights) requires a $2500.00 a year 
membership fee. I think it'll be a bit tricky for an open source project 
to raise that kind of cash. The result is that you have to buy your way 
into the group, which favors commercial entities.

Granted, they have operating expenses, and $2500 isn't all that much, 
but it's probably too much for open-source groups to get representation.

An associate membership is $250./year, which is far more manageable, but 
then you don't get voting rights:

The Associate Membership with no voting rights will have full access to 
the consortium’s output and be engaged in some of the consortium’s 
activities and is typically for the user community, both academia and 
industry ($200 annual fee).

The SciPy community is not a "user" group, it's a developer group. there 
are other open source projects worth of representation, such as the GNU 
Scientific Library.

Oh well.


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