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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject Incubator Board Report February 2010
Date Mon, 15 Feb 2010 19:03:27 GMT
Largely, the usual business of the Incubator.  One of the larger discussions
involved moving to svnpubsub for the web site.  There was some heated
discussion in January regarding handling of a third party copyright notice
in ESME, but it was handled by ASF legal and the project, and resolved.

OODT (see reports, below) entered Incubation.  Subversion is discussing
graudation, as noted in the report, below.

Proposed for Incubation:

 Chatterbot (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ChatterbotProposal) -- chat
responder framework
 Dalesa (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/DalesaProposal) -- Peer-to-Peer
web caching software
 Spacial (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/SpatialProposal) -- toolkit,
allowing spatial data to be represented and queried

Rather than start a new community, the OpenCMIS codebase is being
contributed to Apache Chemistry, and the two communities are voluntarily
merging.

Two projects did not report, BlueSky and HISE, although both did report last
month.

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Incubator PMC Membership:

At the request of the Board, an Incubator PMC membership report was prepared
and separately submitted, covering Incubator inception to 2010-01.  This
report lists changes since 2010-01.  Future Incubator reports will include
changes since the the previous monthly report.

Incubator PMC membership addition(s): Glen Daniels
Incubator PMC membership subtraction(s): Jason van Zyl


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== Bluesky ==

*** DID NOT REPORT ***

The project did, however, report last month in January, and there appears to
have been little traffic in the interim.  There have been zero commits in
February, 4 commits in January, and 10 in December.  The last big batch was
in November: 107.  Likewise, there have been zero e-mails in February, 16 in
January, 45 in December.


== Clerezza ==

Clerezza (incubating since November 27th, 2009) is an OSGi-based modular
application and set of components (bundles) for building RESTFul Semantic
Web applications and services.

The are currently no issues requiring board attention

Recent activity:

    * Code refactoring to enhance efficiency
    * Integration with UIMA started
    * reduced number of dependencies on external maven repos
    * initial graph isomorphism implementation
    * Discobits editor (wysiwyg editor for documents structured described in
rdf) fixed
    * maven plugin to document exposed rest interface

Next steps:

    * integration with Tika

Top 2/3 Issues before graduation:

    * Get our website online, currently it's just a placeholder
    * Prepare some easy-to-run demos to get people interested in Clerezza
    * Prepare for a first release


== Droids ==

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

What we've completed in the last months:

    * new elected committer Javier Puerto is waiting since over three month
for account creation;
    * more people sending patches;
    * the community is trying to organize a community day to fix current
tickets

Issues before graduation :

    * Do a release
    * Grow community
    * IP clearance


== HISE ==

*** DID NOT REPORT ***

Human Interactions Service Engine - an implementation of WS-Human-Task
specification.

The project is new, reported last month, and perhaps was unaware that they
also needed to report this month.  There have been 16 commits in February
and 47 in January.  Likewise, there has been some light e-mail traffic on
the mailing lists.


== Libcloud ==

Libcloud is a unified interface into various cloud service providers,
written in python. Libcloud joined the Incubator on November 3rd, 2009.

Lots done this month. Plenty of activity on the main dev list, more drivers
support added, more fixes tweaks and unit test cases added. RAT reports
Libcloud as having 0 bad license headers.

The Libcloud community and the Incubator IPMC are currently voting on their
first incubator release 0.20.


== Lucene Connector Framework ==

* A brief description of your project, which assumes no knowledge of the
project

    * or necessarily of its field

The Lucene Connectors Framework (LCF) is an effort to build and support an
open source framework for connecting to content repositories like Microsoft
Sharepoint and EMC Documentum, amongst others via a single API.

* A list of the three most important issues to address in the move towards

    * graduation.

1. Process initial code grant and incorporate into SVN 2. Do a release 3.
Build out a diverse community. We have a diverse set of committers already.

* Any issues that the Incubator PMC or ASF Board might wish/need to be aware
of

We'd appreciate any contacts anyone has with Microsoft Sharepoint

* How has the community developed since the last report

N/A: First report.

* How has the project developed since the last report.

N/A: First report.


== OODT ==

Description

OODT is a grid middleware framework for science data processing, information
integration, and retrieval. OODT is used on a number of successful projects
at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of Technology, and
many other research institutions and universities.

A list of the three most important issues to address in the move towards
graduation

   1. Port OODT code and license headers into ASF license headers
   2. OODT contributions from at least 2 other organizations besides JPL
   3. At least one OODT incubating release, hopefully in the first few
months

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware
of?

No, not at this time.

How has the community developed since the last report?

There was a lot of positive interest from the Incubator community during the
OODT proposal and voting process. We hope that once we get our mailing lists
up and start to commit code, that we'll build up an Apache-based community.

How has the project developed since the last report?

OODT was voted into the Incubator by the IPMC on January 22, 2010.

Progress has been steady, with our mentor Justin Erenkrantz creating issues
for setting up the mailing list (INFRA-2463), JIRA (INFRA-2464) and
Confluence (INFRA-2465). Chris submitted a software grant for OODT on
January 25, 2010 and the grant was acknowledged in r21258 in
/foundation/officers/grants.txt on January 26, 2010.

Once the mailing lists are up, Justin and Chris plan to begin requesting
accounts for all OODT committers. After that, Justin will grant karma to our
SVN space to all OODT committers, and we can begin importing code into the
repository.


== PhotArk ==

Apache PhotArk 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.

    * PhotArk was accepted for Incubation on August 19, 2008.
    * Issues before graduation :
          o Grow community
    * Avdhesh Yadav has been voted as Committer for Apache PhotArk
    * The PhotArk community has made good progress code wise:
          o Provided support for personal galleries that can be easily
deployed to Google App Engine
          o We are continuously working to enhance our JCR Repository
          o Admin UI is being discussed and prototypes are available
    * Discussions started for PhotArk M2 release, and we believe it will be
ready in the next month or so.

== Stonehenge ==

Stonehenge has been incubating since December 2008. Stonehenge is a set of
example applications for Service Oriented Architecture that spans languages
and platforms and demonstrates best practices and interoperability by using
currently defined W3C OASIS standard protocols.

Since the last report in December 2009, the Stonehenge project has
intensified its efforts around interop testing between the M2 implementation
of the claims-based security model extension to the Stock Trader
implementations. Testing between .NET, Axis2/Java and Metro/Glassfish
implementations have uncovered various bugs and were subsequently corrected
in the web services library and the application code. An example of which is
an OpenSSO problem in the Metro/Glassfish implementation that was corrected
in the original code base.

M2

With testing winding down, the community is preparing to vote and release
its M2. M2 constituted of expanding the Stocktrader application to use
claims-based authentication using an active and a passive STS for each
implementation. We also upgraded the usage of the WS-* specs from the
submitted versions to the ratified one. Extensive documentation work was
done in parallel to describe the new feature set and simplify the
installation and configuration process.

M3

The focus remains on creating "micro samples" for many common WS-*
scenarios, with the goal being around creating implementations with low
barriers to entry. Discussions are in progress about testing frameworks and
scenarios of interest. A proposed spec should be presented soon to the
community to seed the discussion around defining M3

Graduation Map

    * Grow community around new claims based stocktrader implementations
just added
    * More thorough documentation that empowers developers to replicate
interoperability scenarios demonstrated
    * Demonstrate full interoperability between existing components, and
release


== Subversion ==

Subversion entered the Incubator on November 7, 2009. Subversion is a
version control system.

The Apache Subversion web presence at subversion.apache.org has been filled
with content migrated from the existing website at subversion.tigris.org.
Work continues to cull unneeded information, and better organize existing
content.

The community released Subversion 1.6.9 late last month. The release was
made under the old license (to avoid having to relicense mountains of code
on the release branch), and the release process was observed and monitored
by the Incubator PMC as part of the podling's progress toward graduation.

The podling's graduation vote was in-process when this report was written.
It is strongly trending for graduation, so a resolution will be presented to
the Board once the podling determines who will be recommended for the VP.


== Thrift ==

Thrift is a software framework for scalable cross-language services
development. It combines a software stack with a code generation engine to
build services that work efficiently and seamlessly between a variety of
programming languages. Thrift entered the Apache Incubator in May 2008.

    * Release candidate 0.2 was cut and released on December 11
    * Worth noting some tension in the community around Apache release
process and ICLA issues encountered, resolved via email discussion but
resulted in the resignation of one PPMC member
    * General continued iteration and bugfixing

With a release out the door, the largest hurdle to graduation is out of our
way.


== VCL ==

Community Involvement

    * The Apache VCL community continues to grow. We're seeing more and more
people start to contribute to our online documentation and file JIRA
issues - some with patches attached.
    * We're seeing more feature requests come in which means more people are
using VCL.
    * More people have joined the vcl-dev list and are asking questions as
they install VCL at new locations.
    * Aaron Peeler, Andy Kurth, and Josh Thompson have become part of the
PPMC.

First Official Release

    * Our first official release (Apache VCL 2.1) was made available on Dec.
4th, 2009.
    * We set a small number of features to work on for the next few releases
in hopes of getting releases out more quickly.

3rd Party Dependencies

    * Procedures for handling 3rd party dependencies have been worked out.
All dependencies that have incompatible licenses are now specified as
"System Requirements" as stated under "System Requirements" at
http://www.apache.org/legal/3party.html

Documentation

    * A large amount of documentation has been added to the project's
Confluence site
    * People from multiple organizations have contributed to improving the
documentation, both by editing the pages themselves and by pointing out
areas for improvement on the lists
    * A new confluence space has been created to be used for managing the
official documentation for the project. Documentation that should be
included with releases will be migrated from the existing confluence space
to the new one, and the autoexport of the space will be cron copied to our
official documentation location. Work on this migration has not started.

Unresolved Issues

    * All unresolved issues reported in our 2009-11 report have been
resolved.

Top Issues Before Graduation

    * Continue to increase contributors from multiple institutions


== Wookie ==

Apache Wookie(Incubating) is a project to create open source software for
adding widgets to your applications. It has been in incubation since July
2009.

No issues currently require IPMC or Board attention

Notable activities:

    * Wookie is now one of 3 products with 100% conformance to the W3C
Widgets specification: see http://dev.w3.org/2006/waf/widgets/imp-report/
    * Work progressing on conformance to W3C Widgets Interface
specification: see http://dev.w3.org/2006/waf/widgets-api/imp-report/
    * Wookie Plugins for Elgg and Moodle have migrated to their respective
project communities
    * JIRA Activity is increasing as is frequency of patches received from
external contributors
    * External contributors engaged in more significant design work such as
oAuth/OpenID integration architecture and inter-widget communication models
    * 3 separate face to face widget development workshops using Wookie held
in February (in Innsbruck, Oxford, and London)
    * Voted rgardler as a committer (rgardler is also the projects champion)

Items to be resolved before graduation:

    * Remove GPL dependencies
    * Create a release
    * Develop community


== Wink ==

Apache Wink is a project that enables development and consumption of REST
style web services. The core server runtime is based on the JAX-RS (JSR 311)
standard. The project also introduces a client runtime which can leverage
certain components of the server-side runtime. Apache Wink will deliver
component technology that can be easily integrated into a variety of
environments.

Apache Wink has been incubating since 2009-05-27.

Notable Activity:

    * Bug fixes and a few improvements to the base runtime code such as
minor performance and improvements to warning cases and messages.
    * Added some experimental Google Guice support.
    * A few IBM developerWorks articles have recently been written regarding
Apache Wink.
          o
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-useapachewink/index.html
          o
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-apachewink1/index.html

Planned Activity:

    * Another release with updates to comply with JAX-RS 1.1

Top issues before graduation:

    * Build community

== WSRP4J ==

The WSRP4J Project is an implementation of WSRP 1.0 Producer. WSRP is an
OASIS specification that describes a protocol which allows portlets to be
accessed remotely using Web Services.

The WSRP4J Project has been adopted by the Portals PMC, while still in the
Apache Incubator, since August 2003, with the intent to graduate as a
sub-project of Apache Portals.

Activity:

    * There is no project activity to report since the last report of
November 2009.



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