RE: FAQ # 15

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Tue Dec 09 2003 - 17:01:44 CST

How about if we put this into two FAQ's in the Economics section:
 
For "How much does it cost to be an OVC member?" the answer would be:
 
"Like other consortia, the OVC will have various membership levels.
Specific dollar amounts have not been determined and probably won't be
determined for some time. Founding members will receive a waiver of fees for
some period of time in recognition for their contributions of time and
effort."?
 
Then for "What kind of fees are you thinking about?" the answer would be
what you wrote below:
 
"the OVC will be funded largely through membership fees. We will borrow
some funding ideas from other consortia. For example, the OpenGIS
Consortium has the following in their Bylaws
 
http://www.opengis.org/docs/2003/OGC_Bylaws_20030306T.pdf
<http://www.opengis.org/docs/2003/OGC_Bylaws_20030306T.pdf>
 
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2.1 b)
 
(iv) Founding Members. Certain entities provided substantial aid to the Open
GIS Foundation in support of the "OGIS Project" prior to the incorporation
of the Consortium and were granted Membership at appropriate levels without
payment of additional fees for their first year of Membership. These Members
are entitled to call themselves Founding Members; and the Board of Directors
may permit them to continue in such Membership levels during subsequent
years if the level of aid that they continue to provide to the Consortium
remains sufficient to warrant the waiver of normal Membership fees during
these years.
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If you substitute Open Voting for Open GIS and EVM2003 for "OGIS Project,"
that's pretty much what we're planning for "Founding Members." In other
words, if you contribute to our project you get sweat equity. You get in
for free. It doesn't mean it will always be free. But we're not going to
charge you membership until some time after we're fully operational. For
example, if we get the voting software certified and you get a nice
consulting contract (for example, training or technical support) with a
county we might expect you to become a dues paying member at some point
after that. But all founding members should get a free ride for at least a
year or so after the food chain develops.
 
Like other consortia, the OVC will have various membership levels. Specific
dollar amounts have not been determined and probably won't be determined for
some time. And even after we set rates, this will probably change over
time.
 
The rate schedule has to make sense. If a company is scoring multi-million
dollar contracts by providing the hardware that marries with our free
software, it doesn't make sense to charge them the same as a consultant that
gets an occasional gig doing training.
 
We will solicit memberships from county governments. I think it will make
sense for them to be involved in the process. I am thinking that we might
charge them one dollar per year per precinct. This means a small county
with say 100 precincts would pay 100 dollars per year -- seems affordable.
A large one might have a 1,000 precincts or more. There are around 200,000
precincts in the U.S. so that would give us a potential of $200,000 per year
if we get them all signed up (might take a while!).
 
Consider the potential members:
 
1) Corporations
2) Universities
3) Governments (Local and State)
4) Consultants
5) Individuals
 
I've mentioned that county government membership dues would be scaled. But
there will probably be some scaling necessary in other categories as well.
 
We need to recognize that there are real expenses involved and real work
involved, and that costs need to be covered. We may have to come up with
around $100,000 to get the software certified initially. There will be many
on-going expenses. Our goal is to make a very cheap voting system and so we
will try to make membership dues very affordable -- but we can't make them
all free."
 
 
Does this look OK?
- LP

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