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From Henning Schmiedehausen <...@intermeta.de>
Subject Re: [Vote] Accept Sanselan for incubation
Date Tue, 21 Aug 2007 20:00:05 GMT
nice. +1

On Tue, 2007-08-21 at 18:17 +0200, Carsten Ziegeler wrote:
> The proposal is nearly unchanged from the original submission.  Full
> text is attached below. (or you can find it at the wiki at
> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/SanselanProposal)
> 
> Please cast your votes:
> 
> [  ] +1  Accept this project into the incubator
> [  ] -1   No, because....
> 
> Thanks
> Carsten
> 
> --------
> Proposal Draft
> --------------
> 
> 
> = Sanselan, a Pure-Java Image Library =
> 
> === Abstract ===
> 
> Sanselan is a pure-java image library for reading and writing a variety
> of image formats.
> 
> === Proposal ===
> 
> The sanselan image libary will provide a portable toolkit for reading
> and writing a variety of image formats. This includes parsing of the
> image info (size, color space, icc profile etc.), metadata (ie. EXIF)
> and image data.
> 
> Common operations (such as reading an image) should be simple and
> require little code, but every operation should also allow
> fine-grained control through optional arguments.
> 
> Correctness is preferred over performance.  Completeness (ie. support
> of all features/variations of the image file formats) is preferred.
> Flexibility (ie. ability to treat files, byte arrays and input streams
> interchangeably) is preferred.
> 
> Though hiding the differences between the file formats in common
> usage, the library should also provide the means to explore the
> internals of the file formats (for example, what jfif segments or png
> chunks are present).
> 
> 
> === Background ===
> 
> The initial work on Sanselan was begun in 2004 by Charles M. Chen, and
> was open sourced soon after.  Much of the code was finished by the end
> of 2004, and work since then has been primarily been bug fixes,
> simplification of the API, and addition of optional parameters to
> allow finer-grained control.
> 
> Since its release, Sanselan has been used by a variety of projects
> from around the world.
> 
> Definitions:
> 
>   In the context of Sanselan, "Image Info" refers to things like
>   image size, bits per pixel, color space, transparency, etc. "Image
>   Metadata" refers to structured metadata (ie. EXIF) embedded in an
>   image format (ie. JFIF), for example, Geocoding, time taken, encoder
>   info, etc. "Image Data" refers to the raw data that is interpreted to
>   decode pixel info.
> 
> 
> === Rationale ===
> 
> There are many libraries dealing with image formats in the Java World,
> but still, each of them has problems when it comes to portability,
> specification conformance and functionality. Some of the libraries
> require non-portable native-code, others support reading of specific
> formats but not writing etc.
> 
> Sanselan offers all of the following for its core file formats:
> 
>  a. file format identification.
>  a. fast extraction of image info (such as size, color type, etc.) in a
> format-neutral structure, without reading the image data.
>  a. extraction of icc profiles without reading image data.
>  a. extraction of image metadata without reading image data.
>  a. simple, concise syntax for common usages.
>  a. optional fine-grained control over reading and writing images.
>  a. color-correctness by applying icc profile, gamma and color space
> color metadata.
>  a. reading and writing images.
> 
> For those formats which Sanselan cannot read & write image data (ie.
> jpeg/jfif, photoshop/psd and windows icon/ico), Sanselan can still
> read image info and metadata.
> 
> Sanselan's code will be available under the flexible Apache license.
> 
> The Sanselan project attempts to streamline this duplication of efforts.
> We believe that by starting the Sanselan project with an existing
> codebase, this will create a library without the defects mentioned above
> and might also create enough interest and tension to draw in other image
> libraries/code to get an even bigger functionality set.
> 
> 
> === Initial Goals ===
> 
> The initial goals of the proposed project are:
> 
>  * Viable community around the Sanselan codebase
>  * Active relationships and possible cooperation with related projects
> and communities
>  * Initial generic code base dealing with image formats and metadata
>  * Implementation of a variety of image formats.
> 
> 
> == Current Status ==
> 
> The current code base has been developed my Charles M. Chen
> (http://www.fightingquaker.com/sanselan/) in his spare time. It
> provides a very good
> basis. The code has to be (and will be) donated to Apache by Charles.
> It is already licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.
> The further development will be based on this code base taking it
> wherever the community wants it to be.
> 
> The project has been refactored to remove any external dependencies.
> It has been loosely tested, and deployed in a variety of production
> environments.
> 
> No patent issues obtain.  The file formats in question are well
> documented and stable.
> 
> 
> === Meritocracy ===
> 
> All the initial committers are familiar with the meritocracy principles
> of Apache, and have already worked on the various source codebases. We
> will follow the normal meritocracy rules also with other potential
> contributors.
> 
> 
> === Community ===
> 
> There is not yet a clear Sanselan community. The current code base has a
> number of interested users. The primary goal of the incubating project is
> to build a self-sustaining community around this code base.
> 
> 
> === Core Developers ===
> 
> The initial set of developers comes from various backgrounds, with
> different but compatible needs for the proposed project.
> 
> Charles Chen has written all of the current code in the project,
> though others have helped point out specific bugs.  Charles continues
> to patch bugs as he becomes aware of them, as well as continuing work
> on improving the API.
> 
> 
> === Alignment ===
> 
> Apache contributes a strong development environment together with a
> solid brand to help make this project a success. There are several
> existing libraries, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
> Bringing the project to Apache will help gather the community around a
> single project.
> 
> There will also be connections to existing Apache projects like the Tika
> project and perhaps commons.
> 
> 
> == Known Risks ==
> 
> By adopting this project, the Apache project would place itself in
> implicit competition with the other available image libraries.
> 
> 
> === Orphaned products ===
> 
> There is a high need in quality image libraries for Java. Sanselan
> currently has a strong user base and among this user base is a very
> strong interest in this project.
> 
> 
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> 
> The project's original developer, Charles Chen, has contributed in
> small ways to open source projects for years.  However, he has never
> been actively involved in an open source project with a thriving
> community and doesn't have any experience in fostering or coordinating
> such a community.
> 
> The other developers have a big experience with open source projects,
> especially with Apache projects and are long time users of Sanselan.
> However, we look forward to cultivating that community under the
> guidance of the Apache organization.
> 
> 
> === Homogenous Developers ===
> 
> We will see...  :)
> 
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> 
> Actually, no one is paid to work on this project.  Charles Chen has
> continued to work on this project for 3 years without being paid.
> 
> Some of the developers are paid to work on this or related projects, but
> the proposed project is not the primary task for anyone.
> 
> 
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> 
> Sanselan is related to at least the following Apache projects. None of
> the projects is a direct competitor for Sanselan.
> 
>  *  [http://incubator.apache.org/tika/ Apache Tika] - Tika provides a
> framework to extract metadata out of documents. The plan is to develop
> Tika parsers using Sanselan.
>  *  [http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/ Apache XML Graphics] - Batik and FOP
> both make extensive use of image libraries. The Commons subproject even
> contains some image codecs.
>  *  [http://harmony.apache.org/ Apache Harmony] - The ImageIO API is
> part of the class library and Harmony has to provide implementations
> (currently only JPEG?).
> 
> === A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> 
> All of us are familiar with Apache and we have participated in Apache
> projects as contributors, committers, and PMC members. We feel that the
> Apache Software Foundation is a natural home for a project like this.
> 
> 
> == Documentation ==
> 
>  * Sanselan (http://www.fightingquaker.com/sanselan/)
> 
> 
> == Initial Source ==
> 
> Sanselan will start with the contributed code base:
> 
>  * The [http://www.fightingquaker.com/sanselan/ Sanselan] project
> 
> 
> == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
> 
> All seed code and other contributions will be handled through the normal
> Apache contribution process.
> 
> We will also contact other related efforts for possible cooperation and
> contributions.
> 
> 
> == External Dependencies ==
> 
> None.
> 
> 
> == Cryptography ==
> 
> Sanselan itself will not use cryptography, but it is possible that at a
> later time support for image formats
> is developed that requires cryptography. Currently there is no such
> support/code.
> 
> 
> == Required Resources ==
> 
> Mailing lists
> 
>  * sanselan-dev@incubator.apache.org
>  * sanselan-commits@incubator.apache.org
>  * sanselan-private@incubator.apache.org
> 
> Subversion Directory
> 
>  * https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/sanselan
> 
> Issue Tracking
> 
>  * JIRA Sanselan (SANSELAN)
> 
> Other Resources
> 
>  * none
> 
> == Initial Committers ==
> 
> || '''Name'''        || '''Email'''                              ||
> '''CLA'''        ||
> || Charles M. Chen   || charlesmchen at gmail dot com            || no
>              ||
> || Carsten Ziegeler  || cziegeler at apache dot org              || yes
>              ||
> || Philipp Koch      || pkoch at day dot com                     || no
>              ||
> 
> 
> == Affiliations ==
> 
> || '''Name'''        || '''Affiliation'''                         ||
> || Charles M. Chen   || -   ||
> || Carsten Ziegeler  || [http://www.day.com/ Day Management AG]   ||
> || Philipp Koch      || [http://www.day.com/ Day Management AG]   ||
> 
> == Sponsors ==
> 
> Champion
> 
>  * Carsten Ziegeler (cziegeler at apache dot org)
> 
> Nominated Mentors
> 
>  * Craig Russell (clr@apache.org)
>  * Yoav Shapira (yoavs[at\a.o)
>  * Jeremias Maerki (jeremias@a.o, not available before Oct 2007)
>  * others TBD
> 
> Sponsoring Entity
> 
>  * We are asking the Incubator PMC to sponsor this proposal.
> 
> 
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