[Linux-aus] Linux Grant Application - Hubcaps to Creative Hubs: Open Source

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Wed May 17 23:09:16 AEST 2017

Depending on the grant and other factors, paying a small percentage of
someone's professional employment salary might be a win/win (e.g. Linux
Australia doesn't need to figure out employment or other contracts, the
people "employed" may be more willing/able to do the work because their
"normal" job will keep paying them afterwards [as opposed to 'What do we
do after this grant money finishes?']).

On the other hand, "how likely will providing the grant encourage others
to participate, voluntarily or otherwise, in the open source community"
is also a valid criteria.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-aus [mailto:linux-aus-bounces at lists.linux.org.au] On
> Of Adam Nielsen via linux-aus
> Sent: Monday, 15 May 2017 11:43 PM
> To: Tim Ansell <mithro at mithis.com>
> Cc: linux-aus at linux.org.au; council at linux.org.au
> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Linux Grant Application - Hubcaps to Creative
> Hubs: Open Source
> > There are also terms in the budget which are not familiar to myself
> > (and probably others including) "2 Days Academic Level A.8 +
> > and "40hrs HEW4 + OnCosts", could you expand on what these mean?
> Academic A.8 and HEW4 are standard pay levels used for university
> employees.  Most institutions will have a HR page where they list
> levels and what the corresponding salary is.  On-costs are things that
> employer has to pay on top of what the employee sees (e.g.
> superannuation, leave entitlements, etc.)  This type of request is
> normal for a "professional" grant, and I think this is one of the most
> professional grant requests we have yet seen.
> Basically these two items are a request to pay someone's regular
> to get two days of an academic's time, and a week of a professional
> staff member's time.
> I'm in two minds about whether LA grants should cover salaries.  It
> seems that we could get more benefit by funding those projects where
> people will donate more of their time, but then hopefully if you pay
> someone you will get the job done faster.  And we don't seem to have a
> shortage of grant funds.
> I guess if the data is ultimately beneficial to the Linux community
then it
> is probably worth it.
> Cheers,
> Adam.
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