Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Help Define OWASP's Model for Project Sponsorship and Branding

OWASP'ers,
TLDR - We want OWASP'ers to debate various project sponsorship models (please also update as necessary) and vote on the one you support in the upcoming annual elections (Oct 14 -25).

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Governance/ProjectSponsorship

More Info

Project sponsorship and branding is an item that we've been working on at the board for quite some time. Through discussion we've realized there is not a single right model for OWASP. Instead there is a spectrum of approaches (decentralized decisions on branding vs centralized, logos or no logos, project sponsorship or foundation sponsorship etc). Each of these items have their own positives and negatives.
However, one thing is clear. For OWASP to scale and grow we need to pick an approach and document it. This way everyone understands what the rules are, how to bring in new contributors and how to correctly acknowledge supporters & contributors.
We'd like the OWASP community to cast a vote for the model they believe is best for OWASP. Before we vote on the issue we also want our community to help identify considerations for each model. What are the positives and negatives? Is there another approach that we should consider? Is there something we're not considering?
The 3 approaches are listed here in the wiki
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Governance/ProjectSponsorship
Please update and add additional considerations. Please don't remove existing text. Instead use the comment section at the bottom to explain areas you may disagree with.

Thanks!


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Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc

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