[aprssig] APRS roadmap planning proposal

Jess Haas km6gvw at jesshaas.com
Sun Feb 13 17:15:01 EST 2022

Do any of the remaining members of the APRS working group object?

This doesn't seem like too difficult of a situation to remedy. Even just
putting it up and stating the original source and that all changes are free
of copyright will probably go just fine.......

On Sun, Feb 13, 2022, 1:52 PM Scott Howard <showard at nd.edu> wrote:

> John, thank you for your comments
> On Sun, Feb 13, 2022 at 3:59 PM John Langner WB2OSZ <wb2osz at comcast.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > Anyone who has tried to implement the protocol has found it difficult
> > because two decades of updates are scattered around rather than being
> > merged into the original protocol specification.
> >
> > I'm already pretty far along on updating the protocol specification with
> > the later notes.
> Oh great! If that's something you think could be a starting point,
> maybe we can use that.
> > The problem with putting it on github or otherwise making it publicly
> > available
> > Is that the original document is copyright 2000 by the APRS Working
> Group.
> >
> > If the original "APRS Working Group" is no longer interested in
> maintaining
> > the document, the new maintainers would need to obtain permission to
> > distribute a modified copy of the copyrighted material.
> This is a real issue I was worried about too. Without a license to
> modify and redistribute, and/or without the "source code" of the
> original document, any new effort will be required to essentially
> start from scratch. That's why I was putting such an emphasis on open
> source licenses in whatever comes next (and to use something like
> LaTeX that lends well to long term maintenance of protocol documents
> and comes with helpful packages like https://ctan.org/pkg/bytefield).
> If we can't get a license to the original document, we might have to
> skip to #2 on the roadmap.
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