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From "Mattmann, Chris A (388J)" <>
Subject Re: SVN source structure for Apache cTAKES?
Date Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:59:55 GMT
Hi Pei,

On Jul 23, 2012, at 8:49 AM, Chen, Pei wrote:

> There is a 'Software Development Group' as part of the SHARPn project (main contributors
to cTAKES code.) with representation from each site who meet regularly and Apache was discussed
and announced so no fork in the cTAKES project (everyone should be on board to migrate over).

How can you say in one statement that there are over 50 developers that contribute to cTAKES,
and that
a handful of you "represent" those 50 developers? At least that's the way I'm reading your
statement. Also
Apache isn't a hierarchy where sites from an external entity like SHARPn have "representatives"
that participate
in the Apache version of the project. 

We are all individuals at Apache, and we participate here as individuals. 

> From what I recall, I think there about ~8-12 active committers on SF (even less prior
to 6 months ago.)...

OK, so why say 50 then? 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jörn Kottmann [] 
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 11:41 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: SVN source structure for Apache cTAKES?
> On 07/23/2012 05:18 PM, Chen, Pei wrote:
>> My apologies as we tried to be transparent as we can in the original project proposal:
>> - There are currently over 50 contributors/developers actively contributing to cTAKES
spread across over 8 sites (Mayo, BCH, Colorado University, Pittsburgh, UCSD, MITRE, etc.).
>> - We have already communicated to developers as well as known users about the move
to Apache as soon as we could.  They have also been invited to the various ctakes-dev@ mailing
lists as soon as they were created (which seems to be a first logical step in also becoming
> I am a bit scared by this statement. The initial developers list only has 4 names on
it compared to 50 active contributors/developers, why is there such a huge gap? How many people
have commit rights for cTAKES on SF?
> Did you reach consensus among the developers to move cTAKES to the Apache Incubator or
is this a fork of the cTAKES project?
> This also has a big impact on the IP clearance process because all parties who contributed
a significant amount to the code base should be involved in it.
> Jörn

Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 171-266B, Mailstop: 171-246
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

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