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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "BlueSky" by BillStoddard
Date Tue, 18 Dec 2007 23:30:00 GMT
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The following page has been changed by BillStoddard:
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/BlueSky

The comment on the change is:
Fill in the project proposal

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  = BlueSky Proposal =
  
  == Abstract ==
+ BlueSky is an e-learning solution to designed to help solve the disparity in availability
of education between well-developed cities and poorer regions of China (e.g., countryside
of Western China).  BlueSky is already deployed to 12 primary/high schools with positive reviews.
 
  
  == Proposal ==
+ We propose to move future development of BlueSky to the Apache Software Foundation in order
to build a broader user and developer community. We hope to encourage contributions and use
of Bluesky by other developing countries with similar education needs. 
+ 
  
  == Background ==
+ Bluesky is being sponsored in part by IBM and by the Government of the PRC, through funding
of a program headed by Prof. Zheng Qin Hua of Jiaotong University (XJTU)in Xi'an PRC.  The
project originated as a tool to help solve the great disparity between access to high quality
education between the developed regions in China and the ledd developed regions. As of today,
approx 70% of China's population live in rural, less developed regions of China. Bluesky helps
teachers in the developed regions provide instruction to children in these poorer, less developed
regions. 
  
- This proposal outlines the creation of a new, top-level Blue Sky Distant Collaboration Environment(BlueSky)
within the Apache Software Foundation.
+ BlueSky is a set of flexible, extensible applications such as "Distance Collaboration System",
"Collaboration player", "Collaboration recording tool", "Resources Sharing and Management
Platform " and so on, designed by engineers and educators with years of experience in the
problem domain, as well as a framework that makes it possible to create new applications that
exist with others. 
  
- BlueSky is both a set of flexible, extensible applications such as "Distance Collaboration
System", "Collaboration player", "Collaboration recording tool", "Resources Sharing and Management
Platform " and so on, designed by engineers and educators with years of experience in the
problem domain, as well as a framework that makes it possible to create new applications that
exist with others. 
+ BlueSky was originally created by Qinghua Zheng and Jun Liu in September 2005. The BlueSky
development is being done at XJTU-IBM Open Technology and Application Joint Develop Center,
more than 20 developers are involved.
  
  == Rationale ==
  
@@ -25, +29 @@

   * Help the project attract contributors and service providers to attract clients who would
feel more comfortable with the licensing coming through a well known and established organization
like Apache. 
  
  == Initial Goals ==
+ * The project currently relies on code licensed under the GPL (derived from mplayer and
ffmpeg).  Prior to vote for final acceptance, this GPL code must be removed.
+ * Internationalize the primary interface (?)
+ * Make more documentation available in English
  
  == Current Status ==
  
  === Meritocracy ===
- 
- BlueSky was originally created by Qinghua Zheng and Jun Liu in September 2005. The BlueSky
development is being done at XJTU-IBM Open Technology and Application Joint Develop Center,
more than 20 developers are involved. The BlueSky community is a healthy meritocracy with
plenty of developers.
  
  
  === Community ===
@@ -38, +43 @@

  BlueSky has striven to foster a diverse community that is open to everyone. It is released
under a non-reciprocal license to encourage the maximum possible adoption by all potential
users and developers. The BlueSky community encourages suggestions and contributions from
any potential user and developers. 
  
  === Core Developers ===
- 
+ The BlueSky team primarily consists of XJTU under-graduate and post graduate students.
  
  === Alignment ===
+ 
  
  == Known Risks ==
  === Orphaned Products ===
  The initial committers have a long-term interest in use and maintenance of the code.  In
  fact, there is a weekly development summary on this web site: http://www.p12.edu.cn/ (Currently,
only available in mainland of China).
+ 
  === Inexperience with Open Source ===
  The developers use a number of other open source projects within BlueSky, and are interested
in how best to make open source work with their project.
+ 
  === Homogeneous Developers ===
+ 
  === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
+ Developers are funded through research grants to XJTU and are not professional corporate
software developers.
+ 
  === Relationships with Other Apache Projects ===
+ This project has no know connections or alignment with existing ASF projects.
+ 
  === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
  The developers of BlueSky have been quite successful on their own and could continue on
that path with no problems at all. They are interested in joining the ASF in order to increase
their contacts and visibility in the open source world. 
  
  == Documentation ==
+ All in Chinese now... 
  
  == Initial Source ==
- BlueSky was developed by more than 20 developers at XJTU-IBM Open Technology and Application
Joint Develop Center. 
+ Once the code base has been vetted for compliance to ASF license standards, it will be donated
to the ASG using the CCLA process.
  
  == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
+ to be determined
  
  == External Dependencies ==
+ currently depends on GPL'ed code in ffmpeg and mplayer...
  
  == Cryptography ==
  
  == Required Resources ==
  === Mailing Lists ===
+ - bluesky-dev
+ - bluesky-commits
+ - bluesky-user
+ - bluesky-private
+ 
  === Subversion Directory ===
+ - per usual ASF guidelines
+ 
  === Issue Tracking ===
+ - JIRA:  Project Name = BlueSky, Project Key = BlueSky
+ 
  === Other Resources ===
  
  == Initial Committers ==

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