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What's the value of an Associate Membership? [message #55387] Mon, 30 June 2008 22:37 Go to next message
Tom Morris is currently offline Tom MorrisFriend
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Recently I've been investigating getting an open source organization
signed up as an Associate Member of the Eclipse Foundation. As the list
of documents that the lawyers need to review grows longer (13 of them at
http://www.eclipse.org/org/documents/, all apparently incorporated by
reference in the membership agreement), I thought I should go back and
really convince myself that this is beneficial enough to spend the time
and money on.

In the membership benefits matrix at
http://www.eclipse.org/membership/become_a_member/How2Join%2 0Eclipse%20Rights%20by%20Membership%20Category.pdf
I found the following benefits listed:

1. Submits requirements
2. Participates in Project reviews
3. Participate in creation of all projects
4. Participate in project IP discussions
5. Support EMO IP due diligence
6. Member of Eclipse
7. Use the Eclipse Foundation Member logo

There's also an 8th benefit that's not listed:

8. Association profile entry and link on the Eclipse web site

Now there's clearly a cross marketing benefit in #6-8 (well, #6 is a
tautology, but let's leave that aside). #5 sounds like a chore, not a
benefit. I think, but am not entirely sure, that #1-4 are rights that
everyone has whether they're a user, committer, associate member, or
whatever. Am I correct in believing that these (#1-4) are not unique to
members?

Are there other benefits to associate membership, particularly
non-marketing benefits, that I'm missing? Can any existing associate
members speak to the value that they've derived from the relationship?

Tom Morris
Re: What's the value of an Associate Membership? [message #55414 is a reply to message #55387] Thu, 03 July 2008 14:55 Go to previous message
Donald Smith is currently offline Donald SmithFriend
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Tom Morris wrote:

> signed up as an Associate Member of the Eclipse Foundation. As the list
> of documents that the lawyers need to review grows longer (13 of them at

Many members take solice that there are hundreds of organizations that
have reviewed and approved the same set of documents, so hopefully this
does not become too much of a burden.

> In the membership benefits matrix at

I generally summarize Associate Membership as having 2 key benefits:
1 - You are hooked up to the "speeds and feeds" of information that come
out of the Eclipse community - marketing lists, membership-at-large lists,
etc. It's a way to consolidate the diverse set of information coming from
Eclipse.
2 - It's a signal of support (this is a bi-directional benefit). You are
showing your community that you value Eclipse which helps us, and
hopefully helps you. Marketing weenies would simply refer to it as "Brand
Association".

- Don
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