About Us

LocationTech is a working group developing advanced location aware technologies.

The working group is hosted by the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse is a vendor neutral community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts technology projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.

Eclipse hosts over 275 active open source projects and is supported by over 240 members. Eclipse employs over 20 full time staff members to provide services to support the ecosystem. These include: information technology, intellectual property management, development process, ecosystem development, and event planning.

LocationTech is the Eclipse Foundation's industry working group focusing on location aware technologies. Members of LocationTech are also full fledged members of the Eclipse Foundation.

 

LocationTech Governance

LocationTech is governed by bodies consisting of member representatives including a steering committee, architecture committee, and a marketing committee. These bodies make strategic, technology, and marketing decisions for LocationTech respectively. Project Management Committees are formed to bring special focus to projects within specific technology areas. Project committers elect fellow committers and a project lead.

There are four levels of participation at LocationTech:

  1. Guest Members

    Guest Members are people or organizations of note that are invited to participate in the working group by LocationTech's Steering Committee. They do not get to vote or seek election to the governing bodies. Guest members are not required to pay annual dues. 

  2. Committer Members

    Committer members are nominated and elected by other committers to become a committer for a given open source project. Committers members contribute to open source projects hosted at LocationTech. Committers have the right to be nominated and run for election to LocationTech's governing bodies. Committer members are not required to pay annual dues. 

  3. Participating members

    Participating members view location aware technologies as an important part of their business. They invest to support and participate in the ecosystem. Representatives have the right to be nominated and run for election to the governing bodies. Participating members pay annual dues to support LocationTech.

  4. Strategic Members

    Strategic members view location aware technologies as strategic to their business. They invest to further develop the technology and influence the direction of the industry. Strategic Members have the right to appoint a representative to governing bodies. Strategic members pay higher annual dues to support LocationTech.  

For more information, and to see membership dues, please see our Charter.