Governance

OpenDroneMap is an informal organization bringing together individuals and companies toward the goal of creating the most sustainable drone mapping software with the friendliest community on earth.

How Decisions Are Made

The project makes its decisions following an informal, simple "market-driven" process. It allows the project to move fast and change its course organically, following community interest and technology improvements.

  1. Every contribution that is deemed useful to more than 1 person is considered worthy of inclusion into the project.
  2. Every suggested feature ("feature request") by the community is implemented when either: a) Someone submits a pull request to implement it b) Someone pays for a contributor to implement it c) A contributor, out of free will, at their own pace, decides to implement it.
  3. In the rare cases when the interest of the community might be harmed by a contribution, the "benevolent dictator" and the person who made the first commit in the project’s git history have a final say on whether a feature is accepted in the codebase or not. In case of disagreement, the person who made the first commit in the project’s git history prevails.

Maintainers

Achieving maintainer status on an OpenDroneMap project is achieved by contributing at least 3 "large" new features.
The definition of "large" is left up to interpretation, but can be loosely explained as "a feature that brings a significant improvement, change or entirely new module into the codebase".
For example, fixing a spelling mistake will not be considered a "large" contribution, but building an entire new module or adding localization support will.

To safeguard hijacking of the project from possible bad actors, the "benevolent dictator" and the person who made the first commit in the project’s git history have a final say on whether a contributor can become a maintainer and has the power to revoke maintainer status. In case of disagreement, the person who made the first commit in the project’s git history prevails.

Contributors

Submitting a valid patch, large or small, gives anyone the status of contributor.