moja global is now an official project under
the Linux Foundation
As a collaborative project, moja global will build upon the experience of the Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium that develops and supports many of the most critical open-source projects. The partnership will ensure that these significant tools are reliable, thoroughly tested, well documented and easily understood. This professional management gives governments and other users the confidence that the tools can be trusted to inform vital policy functions and will be sustained in the long-term.
The Linux Foundation has established moja global as an official project under their umbrella. The moja global project has its own charter, which provides for a typical open-source organisational structure: members pay a non-earmarked membership fee and in return get a seat on the board to discuss how their contribution can best be spent.
The board decides on strategy, budgets and engagement with additional countries. Membership fees are used to manage moja global in a professional manner with cutting-edge infrastructure.
International organisations, developed countries and the private sector members contribute an annual membership fee. Developing countries using the software can join for free. Parties interested to become members can request observer status, i.e. non-voting participation in board meetings.
For more detailed information regarding membership, please see the Paying Participation Agreement and the Non-Paying Participation Agreement documents.
The board of directors sets the direction but does not determine the technical solutions. On the technical side, meritocracy rules. Anybody can contribute to the code. Contributions are reviewed by peers working on the code. The developers who understand their part of the code best will likely be elected to lead the team. They coordinate progress with other team leaders through a technical steering committee. The latter has final and sole responsibility for technical decisions.
Countries or organisations can contribute to the software managed by moja global without being a member. All contributions to the code base will be carefully assessed by moja global prior to inclusion in the official version. The IP of the code remains the property of the developers, however for the code to be included the developer must agree to licence their contributions under a specific open source licence (MPL2 in the case of FLINT). This licence allows moja to freely distribute and use the code as part of the FLINT or its modules to the benefit of the entire user and developer community.
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Read "Case study of remote sensing software shows the benefits of an open collaborative approach" here
The article, titled "New Tools and Systems to Estimate Land-Sector Emissions", was featured in the October 2016 edition.
The UNFCCC, in collaboration with the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) and moja global, hosted a workshop in South Korea (September 10th- 11th 2016). The workshop brought together high-level technical experts and policy makers and from around the world to introduce new data integration tools to address the challenges they face in developing land sector emissions estimates and projections for the development of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). You can read the full report from the workshop here or at the link above.
moja global presented at LinuxCon Europe, which was held in Berlin from October 4th-6th, 2016. The conference brought together leading developers, maintainers, project leads, and end users from the Linux community to deliver content and collaborate. To view the slides from moja global's presentation, please click here.
moja global team member, Jim Baker, represented moja global at the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange in New York City on September 25th, 2016. Jim presented as part of the panel “Decoding the SDGs: Data Solutions for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. This high-level panel discussed how specific data innovations, including moja global, can be utilized to measure achievement in the implementation of the SDGs and advance this global agenda of transformational social, economic, and environmental change.
The invitation-only summit is an opportunity for the leaders of the open source software and collaborative development communities to gather to interact and exchange ideas on how to manage the largest shared technology investments of this generation. You can watch the moja global keynote presentation at the link above or view the presentation slides here.