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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "XMLBeansProposal" by NickBurch
Date Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:34:04 GMT
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Initial proposal text

+ #acl +All:read,write
+ # Allow everyone to write for now, remove this in a few weeks when proposal is complete
  = XMLBeans (Reboot) Proposal =
  A proposal to the Apache Software Foundation Incubator PMC to reboot the Apache XMLBeans
Project through the Incubator
- ''More to follow shortly''
  == Abstract ==
+ XMLBeans is a technology for accessing XML by binding it to Java types. It was a long standing
Apache project
  == Background ==
+ XMLBeans provides several ways to get at XML from Java, including:
+  * Through XML schema that has been compiled to generate Java types that represent schema
types. In this way, you can access instances of the schema through JavaBeans-style accessors
after the fashion of "getFoo" and "setFoo".
+  * The XMLBeans API also allows you to reflect into the XML schema itself through an XML
Schema Object model.
+  * A cursor model through which you can traverse the full XML infoset.
+  * Support for XML DOM.
+ XMLBeans became a PMC in June 2004. The PMC was disbanded in June 2013, after a period of
decreasing PMC activity and some missed board reports. 
+ At the time of the board meeting to disband the PMC, there was an uptick in interest from
community members not on the PMC to keep the project going. This has continued, and has led
to this reboot proposal.
  == Initial Goals ==
+  * Rebuild the community
+  * Reboot the project
  == Current Status ==
  === Meritocracy ===
+ The project formerly ran in a meritocratic way. There is every intention that the new project
will do the same. The initial group of committers is drawn from the wider XMLBeans community,
based on their interest to see the project thrive once again, which is hoped to prove a good
starting point for a meritocratic project.
  === Community ===
+ The former PMC is no longer around, but the community remains. Everyone involved in this
proposal has been involved in the XMLBeans community for some time. Some have only been users,
many have been submitting the odd bug report or answering questions on the mailing list.
  === Alignment ===
+ XMLBeans is used by a number of ASF projects, along with a much larger number of external
  == Known Risks ==
  === Orphaned products ===
+ This is a very real risk for the rebooted project, since it has already happened once. However,
there does seem to be a lot of fresh energy, which may help overcome this problem in the near
future at least.
  === Inexperience with Open Source ===
+ Some community members have plenty of experiene with contributing to Apache projects, while
others are much newer to the process. Everyone involved is at least aware of the basics, as
they are drawn from the existing project community. Work will be needed to help the newer
members adjust to the Apache Way.
  === Homogenous Developers ===
+ Not a risk - the proposed committer base is very diverse
  === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
+ Not a risk - there is a large range of people involved with many interests, no single organisation
is driving or sponsoring development
  === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
+ Not a risk - many Apache projects currently use XMLBeans
  === A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
+ Not a risk - it's already an Apache Brand!
  == Documentation ==
+ All documentation is on the [[|current XMLBeans website]] and
+ It's not perfect though, so work on it should certainly be part of the work of the new project!
  == Initial Source ==
  == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
+ N/A - Already an Apache project
  == External Dependencies ==
+ N/A - Already an Apache project
  == Required Resources ==
+ Control of existing project website, project wiki, and project mailing lists. It is not
suggested to change any of these to the incubator namespace
+ The existing website would need updating to clarify that the project is back in the Incubator
  == Initial Committers ==
  == Sponsors ==
- === Champion ===
+ Champion
+  * Nick Burch - nick
- === Nominated Mentors ===
+ Nominated Mentors
- === Sponsoring Entity ===
+  * 
+ Sponsoring Entity
+  * Apache Incubator PMC

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