From the meeting in July, we need to make a decision on the software license to use for Climsoft V4 and later. There is a really helpful discussion of the alternatives and issues at:
It would not make sense to write our own license, so we should use one that already exists. From the discussion at the meeting, we want to ensure that Climsoft is open-source, so that it is free to use by any National Met Service (continuing the situation for versions up to and including V3.2) and by anyone else wishing to manage climate and environment observations and other data.We want Climsoft to be used as widely as possible, to improve the management of climate data.
We also wish to ensure that any add-ons to Climsoft which are provided by commercial enterprises cannot change the free nature of Climsoft. If any such paid-for add-on is produced and sold, it should be clearly marketed as an optional add-on which does not restrict the functionality of the free version of Climsoft. Also any organisation selling commercial services connected to Climsoft must make clear that the Climsoft software is freely available and can be freely modified by the users. Ideally all add-ons to Climsoft should be offered under the same open-source license terms as Climsoft, and be offered for inclusion into the core of Climsoft. The aim of the license is to stop any organisation from denying others the use of Climsoft.
My suggestion is that Climsoft uses the GNU General Public License as the most appropriate for what we need it to do.
Please will colleagues on the Technical Advisory Group check the references, and reply with questions or ideas. Then we will make a recommendation to the Steering Group.