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From Henning Schmiedehausen <henn...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept project PicaGalley into the Incubator
Date Sun, 03 Aug 2008 18:52:01 GMT
Sounds interesting. +1


On Sun, 2008-08-03 at 20:02 +0200, Roland Weber wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> please vote on accepting project PicaGalley
> (originally proposed under the name of Caitrin)
> for incubation, with the Incubator PMC as the Sponsor.
> 
> This vote runs until Sun 2008-08-10 24:00 GMT,
> unless major discussions ensue. Votes of IPMC
> members are binding, a minimum of three +1 is
> required. I don't know whether a majority is
> sufficient or whether consensus is required,
> so I hope for the latter :-)
> 
> thanks and cheers,
>    Roland
> 
> --8<------------------------------------------------
> [ ] +1 Accept PicaGalley for incubation
> [ ]  0 Don't care
> [ ] -1 Reject for the following reason :
> ----------------------------------------------------
> 
> (The text below contains minor edits compared to the draft at 
> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CaitrinProposal
> I removed the section "Help Wanted", improved formatting for
> direct reading, and removed the ! prefix from "!PicaGalley".)
> 
> 
> == Abstract ==
> 
> PicaGalley will be a photo gallery application with web access.
> 
> == Proposal ==
> 
> PicaGalley will be a complete open source photo gallery application including 
> a content repository for the images, a display piece, an access control layer, 
> and upload capabilities. The idea is to have a rigid design for the content 
> repository with a very flexible display piece. The images in the content 
> repository will be protected with granular access control.
> 
> == Background ==
> 
> Photo gallery software provides users with the means to store, manage, and 
> publish photographies and other digital images. A user creates one or more 
> photo albums and puts images into them. Metadata stored with the images allows 
> for searching. The primary means to access the photo gallery will be web 
> interfaces, for human interaction through a browser as well as for machine 
> retrieval. Images are published by granting read access to everybody or to a 
> group of invites.
> 
> Initially the proposal idea for a photo gallery was brought forth due to a 
> project that had been started at Nechtan Design.  While discussing the 
> possibility of forming a community around that project (called Caitrin) a 
> community started to form.  Others with interest in the subject and problem 
> space started putting in their ideas and offered to donate code that could 
> help. It was decided that the project should start from scratch with a new 
> architecture. This proposal is based on a high level design that evolved from 
> the subsequent discussions.
> 
> We are aware that we have significant work ahead of us, not only in the code 
> to be written but in finding a community to support the project.
> 
> == Rationale ==
> "A picture tells a thousand words..."
> 
> If a picture tells a thousand words then a gallery of pictures tells an 
> amazing story.  It could tell this story as part of a larger web site, in a 
> blog or on its own.  Unfortunately, there exists no Java open source 
> application to assist the community to tell this story.  PicaGalley will 
> change that.
> 
> There are many photo galleries that are written in PHP.  Each of these 
> addresses a particular need and many work well for their intended purpose. 
> However, there is not a photo gallery that is written in Java.  As Web 2.0 
> continues to grow it only makes sense that the community provide not only PHP 
> but also Java applications to allow everyone the ability to publish their own 
> content.  Apache started down this road with Roller and can continue with 
> PicaGalley.
> 
> 
> == Initial Goals ==
> 
>   * Create a prototype by drawing pieces from existing efforts
>   * Recruit additional community members
> 
>   * Finalize the Content Repository
>     * Use cases - capture ideas such as access control that might not make 
> first drop
>     * Layout
>     * Unit tests (simple drivers for loading, accessing, searching, etc.)
> 
>   * ReST structure
>     * Use cases
>     * URI format
>     * semantics
>     * prototype implementation
> 
>   * Web service
>     * Use cases - want to capture ideas for process (Ode) integration
>     * WSDL Description
>     * prototype
> 
> 
> == Current Status ==
> 
> Responses to the initial proposal uncovered several existing efforts at 
> implementing photo gallery software in Java. Instead of picking one codebase 
> over the others, we started from scratch with a high-level design. Pieces will 
> be taken from the existing efforts as appropriate. These efforts are:
> 
>   * Caitrin: Originally developed for a fee at Nechtan Design then voluntarily 
> updated. The code is in use on a test site and ready to be moved to 
> production. It runs on Tomcat and uses a relational DB for
>   storing metadata as well as the filesystem for storing images. This codebase 
> was at the core of the initial proposal for this podling.
> 
>   * Noel Bergman developed a photo gallery software he is willing to donate. 
> The software is in production use, technical details remain to be investigated.
> 
>   * Carsten Ziegeler is working on a photo gallery software based on Apache 
> Sling (currently incubating), which uses a JCR backend for storage. This 
> codebase is destined as a contribution to Apache Sling.
> 
>   * Luciano Resende is working on a photo gallery sample for Apache Tuscany 
> SCA, using a filesystem storage backend. This codebase is already at Apache, 
> see https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tuscany/java/sca/samples/photo-gallery/
> 
> 
> == Meritocracy ==
> 
> The PicaGalley project will demonstrate the best in meritocracy.  Due to the 
> fact that the project is in its infancy and only a small community exists, the 
> community that grows to surround it as it grows within the ASF will all adhere 
> to the fundamentals of meritocracy.  Every person who is currently part of the 
> community has given a significant contribution of either architecture 
> expertise and/or code.
> 
> == Community ==
> 
> After the initial proposal for a Caitrin podling, which came with no community 
> at all, a small community has formed within the ASF. Some people are 
> interested in the problem domain itself, while others are interested in 
> showcasing how particular technologies can be used to solve some aspect of the 
> problem.
> 
> 
> == Core Developers ==
> 
> Angela Cymbalak
> 
> 
> == Known Risks ==
> 
> === Orphaned Projects ===
> 
> We are starting with a very small community. While several people are 
> interested, it remains to be seen how much time they can spend here. The risk 
> of becoming an orphaned project is high.
> 
> In light of this situation, we are putting the initial focus on delivering 
> working prototypes based on existing efforts at Apache Tuscany SCA and 
> possibly at Apache Sling (currently incubating). Working prototypes will 
> enable interested parties to download and play with the code and entice them 
> to get involved. Relying on existing efforts means that our work results can 
> find a home at Apache even if the podling itself should fail to gain 
> sufficient traction.
> 
> 
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> 
> The initiator of this proposal has limited experience with open source. She is 
> committed to learning the Apache Way. The other members of the community we 
> currently see forming are Apache PMC members or ASF members.
> 
> 
> === Homogeneous Developers ===
> 
> The current community grew out of a desire to see different pieces of 
> technology put to use and an interest in the problem space.  There is no 
> single entity that is providing all the developers for this project.
> 
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> 
> This project is not in the profit stream for any of the participants.
> 
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> 
> There are several other Apache Products and Apache Incubator projects that are 
> being evaluated for use with this project.  Some members of the community are 
> involved because of wanting to see a particular technology put to use. Likely 
> candidates are:
> 
>     * Jackrabbit for the backend
>     * Tuscany SCA for the WS interface
>     * Sanselan for metadata extraction
>     * Sling for the frontend
>     * maybe JSecurity for authorization
> 
> There were brief discussions with the Apache Roller project about implementing 
> the photo gallery as a plugin to the Roller weblog software. The community 
> response indicated general interest but limited enthusiasm. The intent of this 
> proposal is to develop a standalone photo gallery application, whereas the 
> Roller community is likely to consider it an accessory feature. We therefore 
> prefer to start an independent effort, which can later be tied to Roller by 
> means of a plugin.
> 
> 
> === A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> 
> The Apache community has shown themselves to be invested in the code that they 
> are writing because they enjoy the act of developing a quality product that 
> can be easily used by others.  They rely on collective knowledge instead of 
> the knowledge of the individual and are willing to share that knowledge with 
> others.  We feel that this application will continue to grow well under the 
> guidance, leadership and structure of the Apache community and the ASF.
> 
> == Documentation ==
> 
> No documentation currently exists.
> 
> == Initial Source ==
> 
> No initial source is currently identified.  All the code bases listed above 
> will be donated in order to prevent IP pollution.
> 
> == Cryptography ==
> 
> No cryptography is currently utilized in this project.
> 
> == Required Resources ==
> 
> === Mailing lists ===
> 
> The minimum mailing lists will be needed:
>   * picagalley-private (with moderated subscriptions)
>   * picagalley-dev
>   * picagalley-commits
>   * picagalley-user
> 
> === Subversion Directory ===
> 
> https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/picagalley
> 
> === Issue Tracking ===
> 
> JIRA picagalley(picagalley)
> 
> === Other Resources ===
> 
> None.
> 
> == Initial Committers ==
> 
> Angela Cymbalak (a DOT cymbalak AT nechtan DOT org) (cla submitted)
> 
> Luciano Resende (lresende AT apache DOT org)
> 
> == Affiliations ==
> 
> None.
> 
> == Sponsors ==
> 
> === Champion ===
> 
> Noel Bergman
> 
> === Nominated Mentors ===
> 
> Carsten Ziegeler
> 
> Martin Cooper
> 
> Roland Weber
> 
> == Sponsoring Entity ==
> 
> We kindly ask the Incubator to sponsor this project.
> 
> 
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