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From Otis Gospodnetic <otis_gospodne...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: UIMA [WAS Re: Suspending Projects]
Date Sat, 21 Feb 2009 04:14:35 GMT

Perhaps GSOC is something to consider.  I see UIMA didn't have anything in 2008: http://wiki.apache.org/general/SummerOfCode2008


Otis
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----- Original Message ----
> From: Thilo Goetz <twgoetz@gmx.de>
> To: general@incubator.apache.org
> Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 4:31:50 PM
> Subject: Re: UIMA [WAS Re: Suspending Projects]
> 
> Niclas Hedhman wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 6:58 AM, Robert Burrell Donkin
> > wrote:
> > 
> >> We should probably try to find the collective energy to review UIMA
> >> before the project's enthusiasm is sapped.
> > 
> > That sounds like a healthy observation. My Q for the community is; Do
> > you have a healthy and diverse set of users? If so, have the UIMA team
> > looked at "What is stopping these users from becoming contributors?" ?
> 
> Yes, we do have a healthy and diverse user community.  We have
> racked our brains what we could do to attract more community
> contribution.  We've created a sandbox to facilitate the inclusion
> of experimental technology.  There's been some uptake, but not
> enough.  Some of us are working on scale out via JMS and are
> hoping to attract contributions in that area.  We've started
> discussions and suggested things for people to work on.  I don't
> know, maybe we're going about this the wrong way.
> 
> My pet hypothesis (or maybe I'm just looking for excuses) is
> this: UIMA is heavily used in academia.  Now academics have no
> problems with open source, to the contrary.  But they have an
> overwhelming need to publish and build up a reputation.  So
> they like to publish their source code on their own web site,
> where it's clear it's their work, rather than contribute to
> some community effort.  If you look around, you'll see all
> manner of university efforts around UIMA, but very little of
> that code finds its way back into the ASF repo.
> 
> Enough whining.  If you have any suggestions, we'll be happy
> to hear them.
> 
> --Thilo
> 
> > I could imagine a whole range of reasons, and if that is 'fixed' the
> > diversity comes with it...
> > If there is not a user community, then I would be concerned to
> > graduate the project with the large set of single-employer committers.
> > 
> > 
> > Cheers
> > Niclas
> 
> 
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