The Gephi Consortium

Leading Gephi development


About Us

The Gephi Consortium is a not-for-profit corporation created to join the efforts of industrials, laboratories and civil society in building Gephi, an open source software for network visualization and analysis. The Gephi Consortium has officially started on October 1st, 2010.

Background

What have research laboratories, big data companies and human societies in common? The recurrent need to map and understand complex phenomenons, revealing patterns and trends in relational data. The knowledge discovery process faces now with the “data deluge” problem provocatively emphasized by Chris Anderson on Wired Magazine… and everyone is becoming concerned by mining data/information from the flow. Most of the data can be expressed as networks: transportations routes, power grids, emails, food webs, interlocking directorates or the relations between scientific papers are just a part of their applications.

The Gephi project aims to tackle this underlying complexity by giving the power to visualize, filter and manipulate every kind of networks in real time. A generic infrastructure and long-term vision are the keys to overcome these challenges.

Since we started in 2008 in France, many individuals, students and companies already downloaded and tried Gephi. Sign of good health, we federate engineers and reseach scientists from many different countries.

But the project needs fundings and leadership to comply with these plans. This is the purpose of the Gephi Consortium.

Organization

The Gephi Consortium is a not-for-profit organization exempt from income taxation under the French law of July 1st, 1901, equivalent of the United States 501(c)(3) organization. It is governed by its Board of Directors.

History

Running since October 2008, the Association provides a legal entity to support, protect and promote the Gephi project. Supported alternatively by Association WebAtlas, Linkfluence SAS and SciencesPo Medialab, the initial contributors Mathieu Bastian, Sebastien Heymann and Mathieu Jacomy have progressively set up a global community of users and contributors, notably by participating in the Google Summer of Code internship program. Read this interview to discover the origins of the project.

Board of Directors

The activities of the Consortium is under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Board is empowered to adopt rules and regulations governing the action of the Consortium, and appoints the Chief Executive Officer.

(to be elected)

Officers

The Management Office is a permanent team of professional executives placed under the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer. The role of the Management Office is to perform all actions that contribute to the successful operation of the Association in line with the objectives and processes stated in the Bylaws and Internal Policy.

  • CEO: Mathieu Bastian
  • Treasurer: Sebastien Heymann
  • Secretary: Julian Bilcke

Public documents

These documents provide more sources of information about the Consortium and how it works.

Consortium Structure

The Gephi Community is regulated by a number of legal documents and contracts. These are usually binding to all Members and Committers. They currently include:

Bylaws of the Gephi Consortium (download )
They define the fundamental purpose, activities, organization, responsibilities, and obligations of the Board and membership.
Membership Agreement (download )
This is the contract which provides the evidence of the membership of a Member and defines, among others, the fee structure and level of fees and committment for each membership categories.
Antitrust Policy (download )
This document affirms explicitly the neutral position of the Consortium, in accordance with the French and foreign antitrust laws.
Intellectual Property Rights Policy (download )
This document (IP Policy) sets forth the principles under which the Association manages intellectual property matters.
Legal Compliance Policy (download )
This is a draft document to be fully validated by our legal counsel. This document provides guidelines to Members to comply at all times with all applicable laws, rules and regulations with respect to their participation in the Consortium's activities and meetings.

Manifesto

The Gephi Manifesto explains the values of our community, what Gephi Project wants to bring to the world, and how these goals could be achieved. This vision is a guide for the Consortium. Read the manifesto.

Licensing and Trademarks

All Gephi Consortium software is open source. This means that it is not only available for download free of charge, but you have access to the source code and may modify and redistribute our software subject to certain restrictions as detailed in the project license agreements.

Each project is free to adopt his own open source licences and trademarks policy. Gephi-Desktop is for instance under the GNU AGPLv3, while libgexf is under the MIT license.

Although our code is free, it is very important that we strictly enforce our trademark rights, in order to keep them valid. Our trademarks include, among others, the names Gephi™ and gephi.org™, as well as the Gephi logo. (The full list is in the Gephi Trademark Policy.) This means that, while you have considerable freedom to redistribute and modify our software, there are tight restrictions on your ability to use the Gephi names and logos in ways which fall in the domain of trademark law, even when built into binaries that we provide.

For more information, please see the Visual Identity Guidelines page and:

Logo and Trademark usage policy (download )
The Logo and Trademark usage policy provides guidelines about how to properly use the Consortium'sloga and trade mark so as to strengthen the Gephi brand.

How To Support Us?

Contribute

Choose an activity applicable to a project, fill in the CLA, and let us know on the forum.

Donate

If you enjoy using our softwares and believe in our mission, please consider making a donation.

Join Us

Please consider joining us to speed-up our work.

Awards

Duke Award 2010

The Gephi Consortium would like to gratefully thank Oracle for acknowledging the success of Gephi.