Sponsoring GDAL/OGR

Development and maintenance of GDAL/OGR is supported by organizations contracting developers, organizations contributing improvements, users contributing improvements, and volunteers. Generally speaking this works well, and GDAL/OGR has improved substantially over the years.

However, there are still many tasks which do not receive the attention they should. Processing bug reports, writing documentation, writing test scripts, evaluating test script failures and user support often receive less attention than would be desired. Some new features of broad interest are not implemented because they aren't important enough to any one person or organization.

In order to provide sustained funding to support the maintenance, improvement and promotion of the GDAL/OGR project, the project seeks project sponsors to provide financial support. Sponsorship would be accomplished via the OSGeo Project Sponsorship program. Funds are held by OSGeo for disposition on behalf of the project, and dispersed at the discretion of the GDAL/OGR Project Steering Committee.

Sponsorship Uses

The primary intended use of the sponsorship funds is to hire a maintainer on a contract basis. The responsibilities would include:

Sponsorship funds may also be used to contract for specific improvements to GDAL, provision of resources such as web hosting, funding code sprints, or funding project promotion. Decisions on spending of sponsorship funds will be made by the GDAL/OGR Project Steering Committee.

Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsoring GDAL/OGR provides the following benefits:

  1. Ensures the sustainability and health of the GDAL/OGR project.
  2. All sponsors will be listed on the project Credits page, ordered by contribution class (Platinum, Gold, Silver) with a link back to the sponsor. Silver sponsors and above may include a logo. Platinum sponsors may also have a logo appearing on the OSGeo main page.
  3. Sponsors will be permitted to indicate they are project sponsors in web and other promotional materials, and use the GDAL/OGR logo.
  4. Sponsor input on project focus and direction will be solicited via a survey.
  5. Sponsors will received a degree of priority in processing of bug reports by any maintainer hired with sponsorship funds.
  6. Sponsors will receive a detailed report annually on the use of sponsorship funds.

Sponsorship Process

Sponsors can sponsor GDAL for any amount of money of at least $500 USD. At or above the following levels a sponsor will be designated as being one of the following class:

  1. $27000+ USD: Platinum Sponsor
  2. $9000+ USD: Gold Sponsor
  3. $3000+ USD: Silver Sponsor

Sponsorships last one year, after which they may be continuing with a new payment, or allowed to lapse. OSGeo is planning to be US 501(c)3 charity and sponsorships will be eligible as a charitable contribution for US taxpayers. Appropriate receipts can be issued when needed.

Organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the GDAL/OGR project should contact Frank Warmerdam (, +1 650 701-7823) with questions, or to make arrangements.


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