Jonathan Neuhauser (@joneuhauser at Gitlab and chat.inkscape.org) is
submitting a proposal to hire a freelance contributor to write an
importer for AI files as a Python extension. For one, this is a highly
(https://twitter.com/inkscape/status/1574010475024683008), and its
boundary conditions make it perfect as a "test balloon" for contracting
out work, in general.
The complete proposal can be found here ; the first 2 pages are the
"job description", while pages 3-5 contain information on the hiring
process, license, milestones, financials and what has already been
Voting is needed on the following items:
- assigning Jonathan Neuhauser, Réne de Hesselle, Marc Jeanmougin and
one SFC staff member (to be determined) as hiring team (with Martin
Owens as stand-in if one of the other members become unavailable), who
will also perform the midterm evaluation and decide whether the project
should be extended,
- allocating a total of USD 21,000 for the project, of which $600 are
allocated as a management stipend, $400 as a stipend for the hiring
team, and $10,000 as compensation for the candidate for the first part
of the project,
- authorizing the hiring team to decide, in consultation with the Dev
Team, whether the project should be extended (i.e. another $10,000 for
compensation of the candidate).
Details on the process are lined out in the attached document.
a. Accept the above items.
b. No, cease effort for AI Import project.
c. Other: ______
MD5 Sum: 0b1dfad94ff5511317a9d7f9c1e4472c
Sorry for the delay. Here is a link to the current proposal:
What I wanted to do is kinda pull together all the feedback. Here is the the ideas that I think came up in the PLC meeting (not all by me) but I wanted to write down for those who couldn't make it:
People generally seemed happy with the idea of paying for reviews/mentorship though it seemed like folks weren't sure on how much seemed right. Probably a different amount for each.
We talked about reimbursing for a Creative Cloud license to create test files
Some additional thoughts.
I think we need to either specify the reviewers/mentors in the proposal or a process to choose them just to ensure there is no conflicts of interest, etc.
The proposal was written up to suggest that we'd do the first 6 weeks, and then a PLC vote. I can't speak for everyone, but I think the review team could decide on the second six weeks not the PLC. The PLC is slow 😄
We should probably include a comment in the job request mentioning the net30 payment schedule, just to be entirely clear for anyone who would apply.
I'm not sure, and I'm not sure if Pono knows, but we should probably clarify licensing and/or copyright ownership. This seems to me to be work-for-hire which would mean that Inkscape would own copyright. I don't think that folks would have an issue with that as we'd release it as GPLv2+ with everything else. But we should be clear.
Overall, I'll say again I'm excited about the progress on this. Thanks to all who contributed!