General Meeting/Minutes/2019-08-01

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  • Attendance: 11
  • Lead by Phil Odence
  • Minutes of July meeting approved

Special Presentations - Umang Taneja, Tanjong Smith, GSoC

  • Umang
    • License submittal workflow automation
      • Aim is to enhance user experience
      • Compare submitted text against existing licenses to see if there’s duplication or close match
      • Problems he’s trying address
        • What if the license is on the list, proposed, rejected…or a close match to one of those
        • Current XML formatting- word-wrap doesn’t match license
      • Also creating/documenting an API
    • Tasks:
      • Create API- use without logging in, so can be accessed by other tools
      • Create License Matcher- looks for exact and close matches
        • Returns all matches and close matches
      • Compare with not accepted as well as rejected licenses.
        • Reports appropriately according to match
        • Relies on user input regarding whether to go ahead with submittal
      • Improve formatting of generated license
    • Screenshots available at:
    • Some discussion of how the workflow should work with close matches
    • Aiming for demo in future Legal Team meeting
  • Tanjong
    • License namespace
      • A way to name valid licenses outside of the License List
      • Created namespace and UI
      • Also a mechanism for turning into a license request
      • Took feedback from the joint/legal team meeting

Tech Team Report - Kate/Gary

  • Spec
    • Progress on Appendix for including other fields in the source like the license ID
      • Worked with Legal team members and general agreement to keep scope at file level
      • Recommend using existing Tags with SPDX prefix, and expectation that format follows fields.
      • Motivation is that this makes it easier for tools to pick up data accurately from source.
    • SPDX document generation from project sources (demo'd last month)
      • Philip is looking for projects to try the tool on, if you have some you want to experiment with, please contact him.
  • Tools
    • GSoC
      • Continues to go very well
      • All students passed second evaluation
    • Looking for feedback from community:
      • License matching algorithm approaches
        • Some encoded rules
        • Some depended on XML markup
        • Should we encode in XML or handle programmatically? (Discuss with Gary)

Legal Team Report - Jilayne/Paul/Steve

  • License List
    • 3.6 version went out last month
    • Working issues in 3.7
      • Good input/support from Tech Team
    • Recent meetings have been joint with Tech Team
      • Very helpful at this point

Outreach Team Report - Kate

  • Shane has readied the survey
  • Phil to reach out to Shane and Jack and determine deployment plan.

Cross Functional -

  • None


  • Phil Odence, Black Duck/Synopsys
  • Matthew Crawford, ARM
  • Umang Taneja, GSoC
  • Tanjong Smith, GSoC
  • Steve Winslow, LF
  • Gary O’Neall, SourceAuditor
  • Kate Stewart, Linux Foundation
  • Paul Madick, Dimension Data
  • Mark Atwood, Amazon
  • Jilayne Lovejoy, Canonical
  • Jack Manbeck, TI