Open Source and The Linux Foundation
Community-Based Open Source, The Linux Foundation, & The Open Source Climate Foundation
Basic OS-Climate Foundation Structure
The Open Source Climate Foundation will be an “umbrella project” of the non-profit Linux Foundation,
It will be funded and governed by members sharing IP, effort, and funding to build a public good that serves their collective interests.
A Governing Board of members, plus representative of Academia, Government/IGOs, and Academia, will decide on overall strategy, prioritization of data and modeling efforts, and budgeting,
Project level decisions will be managed by Technical Steering Committees using a highly evolved set of rules for efficient, meritocratic, transparent decisionmaking.
Umbrella Community Projects
An “umbrella” project is a directed fund established to support multiple technical projects.
This allows a single Governing Board to allocate resources in a coordinated way across a variety of projects, with input from Technical and Advisory bodies.
The OS-Climate Foundation umbrella will include open data projects as well — very similar open source coding projects, although with some unique aspects.
OS-Climate Foundation Business Model & Governance Rights
OS-Climate Foundation to exist an umbrella project of The Linux Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(6).
Two tiers of fee-paying members:
Premium members will have one full seat on Governing Board, Technical Advisory Council, project-level decision bodies, and other advisory bodies.
General Members will have rotating representation on Governing Board, TAC, and other bodies.
OS-Climate Foundation Governance Structure
Governing Board decides strategic priorities and budget.
TAC sets technical vision, facilitates collaboration among the Technical Projects, and recommends budget and technical decision processes to Board.
Advisory Councils created by Board as needed for broader community input.