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From Davanum Srinivas <dava...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Apache Clerezza into the incubator
Date Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:45:38 GMT
+1, bring Clerezza into Incubator

On 11/23/2009 01:32 PM, Reto Bachmann-Gmür wrote:
> Please vote on accepting Apache Clerezza for incubation at the Apache
> Incubator. The full proposal is available at the end of this message and
> as a wiki page at http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ClerezzaProposal
> <http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/AceProposal>. We ask the Incubator PMC
> to sponsor it, with Bertrand as the Champion, and Gianugo, Niclas, Ross,
> Karl and Reinhard volunteering to be Mentors.
>
> Please cast your votes:
>
> [ ] +1, bring Clerezza into Incubator
> [ ] +0, I don't care either way,
> [ ] -1, do not bring Clerezza into Incubator, because...
>
> The vote is open for the next 72 hours and only votes from the Incubator
> PMC are binding.
>
> - - - - - - - - - -
>
> Abstract
>
> Clerezza is an OSGi-based modular application and set of components
> (bundles) for building RESTFul Semantic Web applications and services.
>
> Proposal
>
> Clerezza can be used as a platform providing all the compile and runtime
> requirement for building semantic applications, or used as individual
> bundles within an OSGi framework, e.g. Apache Sling, Apache ServiceMix,
> or the Eclipse platform.
>
> Clerezza provides:
>
>      * An API modeling the W3C RDF standard without any vendor specific
> additions.
>      * Adapter for various triple stores including Sesame, Jena TDB, and
> Mulgara.
>      * Front-End adaptors, currently to run applications written against
> the Jena API. Support for RDF2Go is planned.
>      * A JAX-RS implementation designed to work in an OSGi environment
> and allowing to provide Root-Resources as OSGi services.
>      * Web access to RDF graphs, including a SPARQL-Endpoint.
>      * Extensions to JAX-RS allowing to bind Root-Resource classes to
> specific RDF-Types rather than to URI-Paths.
>      * Templating mechanism (Renderlets) allowing to render RDF resources
> returned by JAX-RS resource methods to various formats
>      *
>
>        Support for Scala for writing modules, ScalaServerPages to easily
> write renderlets, DSL for accessing graphs.
>      * Authentication and authorization based on JAAS and OSGi
> Conditional Permission Admin
>      * Support for user bundles: Users can have a permission to upload
> their own sandboxed bundles. The URI space these bundles are allowed to
> register their JAX-RS resources can be limited with a prefix.
>      * Scripting: Scripting based on javax.script (currently support for
> JRuby and Scala)
>      * Documentation: Bundles can provide their documentation in RDF.
> These are used for online documentation as well as for building Maven
> sites (with a Maven reporting plugin)
>
> The RDF abstraction layer can be used independently of other aspects of
> Clerezza. It allows applications to be written regardless the used
> backend. In its purpose, it is similar to RDF2Go, but provides a
> significantly more modular interface allowing e.g. to independently
> switch the storage, querying, or serialization layer. Furthermore, it
> doesn't introduce concepts alien to the RDF model such as blank node
> labels, but is in its core strictly limited to RDF semantics.
>
> The JAX-RS implementation can also be used independently of any other
> components. It allows OSGi services to provide a RESTful interface to
> their methods. By being based on wymiwyg WRHAPI, it can run both on the
> default OSGi Web Service as well as on a jetty instance listening on a
> different port.
>
> Background
>
> The current web trends focusing on information sharing, interoperability
> and collaboration. Therefore the behaviour of the end-user has changed
> over the last years: end-users not only consuming information they also
> producing content anytime anywhere - in contrast to non-interactive
> websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information
> that is provided to them. Since the end-users are sensitized to the
> possibilities of the web the web application requirements increases.
> Examples of such applications are social-networking sites, wikis, blogs
> and mashups.
>
> The REST paradigm and Semantic Web technologies support these trends and
> form the basis for the upcoming Web of Data (a.k.a. linked data, Web
> 3.0). They change the paradigms for developing complex Web applications.
> Clerezza allows to develop applications that integrate perfectly in the
> Semantic Web providing all accessible resources in machine
> understandable formats without imposing additional burdens on the
> developer. Additionally, thanks to the flexibility of the RDF model used
> as back-end, some tedious database related tasks required for
> traditional Web application development are no longer needed.
>
> Rationale
>
> Most Web application framework are not designed to leverage the full
> power of HTTP but often try to reproduce non Web design patterns for the
> Web environment. In general, application frameworks are oriented towards
> relational or hierarchical data structures. While attempts to overcome
> this such as Drupal have become very popular, they do not at their core
> base on the stack of Semantic Web standards. Clerezza will prove that
> the flexibility of the RDF doesn't result in increased complexity, but
> on the contrary allows for fast prototyping and development.
>
> Initial Goals
>
> The initial goals for Clerezza are:
>
>      * Donate the existing codebase and import it.
>      * Setup the incubation infrastructure (svn repository, build system,
> website), so we can run continuous builds with automated tests and
> publish all available documentation.
>      * Get people involved in advancing the code base in different
> directions, integrating it with other projects at Apache.
>      * Prepare for an initial release that demonstrates the systems core
> capabilities.
>
> Current Status
>
> The current codebase is developed and tested using Apache Felix. It has
> been developed intensively and reviewed at trialox since August 2008
> using Scrum, with a development process emphasizing individual
> accountability and reviews. We have internally demonstrated that we can
> release codes as scheduled. Platform core functionalities are available,
> however the need for new features may arise, performance and robustness
> could be improved. Incomplete documentation for the project is available
> with the individual artifacts, both in the generated maven sites as in a
> version available exposed by Clerezza at runtime. We also have a wiki at
> http://wiki.trialox.org with some information mainly on the development
> process. We also use mailing lists for communication among developers
> and users.
>
> Meritocracy
>
> The core developers understand what it means to have a process based on
> meritocracy. We will provide continuous efforts to build an environment
> that supports this, encouraging community members to contribute.
>
> Community
>
> Trialox has been developing the current codebase since August 2008.
> Trialox was founded in partnership with the University of Zurich and
> could benefit from previous research work at the Department of
> Informatics. Part of the team from the beginning was Reto Bachmann Gmür
> who has been developing open source Semantic Web applications for many
> years, including working with the Jena team at HP Labs.
>
> Trialox has contributed to the JAX-RS specification. Some of the code
> written by trialox is used by Open Source projects such Paxle and Gradino.
>
> Clerreza is used by globally active non-profit organisations such as the
> WWF. These organisations have strong developer networks including
> motivated volunteers, which will contribute to Clerezza.
>
> Core Developers
>
> People from Trialox, the University of Zurich, as well as partner
> companies of Trialox have contributed to the project. Currently, the
> following persons are core developers of Clerezza:
>
>      * Manuel Innerhofer, Developer at Trialox since November 2008.
>      * Hasan Hasan, Developer and Senior Researcher at University of
> Zurich since 2006, developing Clerezza since August 2008. His current
> research interests cover P2P networking, Service Level management, and
> Internet security.
>      * Tsuyoshi Ito, Developer and Scrum Master at Trialox, developing
> Clerezza since August 2008. He has researched at the University of
> Zurich since 2005. His research interest was computer-supported Learning
> (Educational Engineering)
>      * Reto Bachmann-Gmür, Developer and Architect at Trialox, developing
> Clerezza since August 2008.
>
> Alignment
>
> We provide a launcher which runs Clerezza's bundles within Apache Felix.
> We also provide feedback about the usage of Apache Felix and its
> components including the framework security via the mailing list. For
> building Clerezza's bundles we use Apache Maven and various plugins. We
> also have developed a plugin to help managing projects which contain
> ontologies, so that Java classes representing those ontologies can be
> pre-compiled. Other projects which based on Web services and/or RDF can
> benefit from Clerezza or its specific bundles. We are open to
> collaborate with other Apache projects which can benefit from
> functionality provided by Clerezza. Clerezza has the advantage of being
> very modular and independent of application frameworks, thus can be
> easily integrated with other Apache projects. UIMA and Tika come to
> mind, as they would help extract semantic information from various data
> types and formats. An alignment to the JAX-RS implementation in Apache
> CXF could not only help removing the dependencies to the CDDL-licensed
> code taken from Jersey but also help providing a fully framework
> independent implementation with a larger group of developers and thus
> higher quality.
>
> Known Risks
>
> The current team of Clerezza core developers is small, but being an
> innovative project in the semantic "space", we are confident that
> Clerezza can attract new developers.
>
> Clerezza has been started as an Open Source project providing mercurial
> repository for public access to source codes and also a publicly
> accessible JIRA instance for issues tracking. Clerezza is licensed since
> project begin under Apache License version 2.0. Some of the initial
> committers already have strong experiences with Open Source software
> development. Others, while not being totally inexperience, are willing
> to learn.
>
> The risk that Clerezza will be an orphaned product is considered small.
> Three main factors will avoid this to happen:
>
>      * Trialox and its founder Getunik have a vital interest in continuos
> development in this open source foundation
>      * Clerezza is used as foundation for research as well a student
> projects at the University of Zurich
>      * There is a strong commitment by Reto Bachmann-Gmür to maintain
> Clerezza
>      * WWF expressed their support to deploy Clerezza
>
> Documentation
>
> A small set of further documentation is available under the following links:
>
>      *
> http://trialox.org/projects/org.clerezza.rdf.core/documentation/overview.xhtml
>      *
> http://trialox.org/projects/org.clerezza.triaxrs.parent/org.clerezza.triaxrs/documentation/
>
>
> Initial Source
>
> Clerezza has been in development since mid 2008. Public access to the
> source is provided through http://scm.trialox.org/.
>
> Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan
>
> The current codebase is owned by trialox, and will be donated together
> with its documentation. We will get the paperwork out of the way as soon
> as possible.
>
> External Dependencies
>
> There are quite a few open source libraries already used. They have
> Apache compatible licenses, with one issue to solve around Jersey which
> is CDDL.
>
> The libraries, their sources and licenses are listed here:
>
> Apache Felix, ASL:
>
>      * Framework
>      * Framework Security
>      * Configuration Admin
>      * maven-scr-plugin
>      * maven-bundle-plugin
>
> OSGi Alliance, ASL:
>
>      * Core
>      * Compendium
>
> Apache Maven, ASL:
>
>      * apache-maven
>
> Eclipse, ASL:
>
>      * Jetty
>
> OPS4J, ASL:
>
>      * Pax Exam
>      * Pax Logging
>      * Pax protocol mvn-uri
>
> WYMIWYG, ASL:
>
>      * wrhapi
>      * wymiwyg-commons
>
> jQuery, MIT license:
>
>      * jquery
>
> Hewlett-Packard Development Company, BSD License:
>
>      * Jena (for the optional jena forntend adaptor, as well as for jena
> based serializer/parser)
>      * Jena TDB (for the optional tdb backend adaptor)
>
> OpenRDF.org, BSD license (for the optional sesame backend adaptor):
>
>      * Sesame
>
> Mulgara.org, Open Software License ("OSL") v. 3.0 (for the optional
> mulgara backend adaptor):
>
>      * mulgara
>
> XSite (http://xsite.codehaus.org/), BSD license:
>
>      * xsite-maven-plugin
>
> Jersey (https://jersey.dev.java.net/), CDDL license
>
> The current code bases on code licensed under the CDDL, according to
> http://apache.org/legal/resolved.html we understand we have to get rid
> of these before making a release, or redistribute in binary form only.
> The following files are affected.
>
>      * QualityFactor.java
>      * HttpDateFormat.java
>      * HttpHeaderReaderImpl.java
>      * UriPattern.java
>      * UriComponent.java
>      * HttpHeaderListAdapter.java
>      * MultivaluedMapImpl.java
>      * HttpHeaderReader.java
>      * ByteArrayProvider.java
>      * SourceProvider.java
>      * AbstractMessageReaderWriterProvider.java
>      * StreamingOutputProvider.java
>      * FormMultivaluedMapProvider.java
>      * FileProvider.java
>      * ReaderProvider.java
>      * InputStreamProvider.java
>      * MediaTypeProvider.java
>      * EntityTagProvider.java
>      * CacheControlProvider.java
>      * NewCookieProvider.java
>      * CookieProvider.java
>
> Required Resources
>
> Mailing lists:
>
>      * clerezza-dev
>      * clerezza-commits
>      * clerezza-user (only after leaving the incubator)
>
> Subversion:
>
>      * https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/clerezza
>
> Issue Tracking:
>
>      * JIRA: Apache Clerezza (Clerezza)
>
> Initial Committers
>
> These committers have either worked on the initial codebase (Reto,
> Immanuel, Tsuy, Hasan) or expressed an interest in extending the project:
>
>      * Reto Bachmann-Gmür (trialox)
>      * Manuel Innerhofen (trialox)
>      * Tsuyoshi Ito (trialox)
>      * Hasan Hasan (University of Zurich)
>      * Bertrand Delacretaz (ASF member, Day Software)
>      * Michael Marth (Day Software)
>      * Tommaso Teofili (Apache UIMA committer)
>
> Affiliations
>
> Manuel Innerhofen, Tsuyoshi Ito and Reto Bachmann-Gmür work at trialox
> and might get paid to work on Clerezza.
>
> Hasan Hasan from University of Zurich is paid to work in a project that
> is based on Clerezza.
>
> Michael Marth and Bertrand Delacretaz work for Day Software.
>
> Sponsors
>
> We have approached both the champion and an initial list of mentors that
> have agreed to mentor this project.
>
> Champion:
>
>      * Bertrand Delacretaz
>
> Mentors:
>
>      * Gianugo Rabellino
>      * Niclas Hedhman
>      * Ross Gardler
>      * Karl Pauls
>      * Reinhard Pötz
>
> Sponsor:
>
>      * Apache Incubator
>


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