Erik Moeller wrote:
InstantCommons (see [[m:InstantCommons]]) is a
perfect example of
that. We met with Kennisnet in February, and they basically said "Wow,
good idea, let's do it! But, we would like the WMF to authorize it."
Since then, the project has been in organizational limbo, moving
slowly as molasses through several layers of bureaucracy, from SP to
Legal to SP to Board and back again, with complex contracts being
drawn up when all that needed to be done was giving them a call and
letting Gerard manage the project. This is about building a
relationship with a developer in Ghana, who could have started work on
this project as early as March. Now it's June and we still can't go
ahead. We're talking about a EUR 5000-10000 project. How on Earth do
you intend to manage large grants with that kind of attitude towards
Ah NO. No and No.
The WMF has authorized it. See
The authorization is from at least a month ago. And you know that Erik.
The problem now is to get the grant from Kennisnet. They have not yet
agreed to provide this sum for the development of the project. You
should not blame WMF for not convincing Kennisnet to support your
project. This is very largely incorrect.
Important correction : the SPC gave its go. Since the SPC does not have
a delegation by the board to make the final decision on that project,
the InstantCommons still needs final approval by the board to start.
Now, that still change nothing to the fact the issue is stuck NOT
because of layers of bureaucracy in WMF.
Simply stuck because Kennisnet may not be interested in giving 5000
euros to realize that project (3000 for Paa Kwesi, 1500 for project
management - Gerard and 500 for the developer who assists Paa Kwesi with
developing this software on the Foundation side).
Again, you should not blame WMF for the fact Kennisnet may not be so
willing to support that project as you were thinking they would.