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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject May 2010 Incubator Board Report
Date Mon, 17 May 2010 20:31:46 GMT
During the past month, the Incubator has added a fair number of new PMC
Members:

  Chris Mattmann
  David Jencks
  Gurkan Erdogdu
  Tom White
  Jean-Frederic Clere
  Julien Vermillard
  Christian Grobmeier (elected)
  Donald Woods

All of them joined with the specific intent of mentoring projects, of which
we have quite a few (reflected by all of the new PMC members).  Proposed
projects included Whirr (libraries for running cloud services), Zeta (PHP
components), Amber (OAuth Java library), and Deltacloud (web service API for
cloud service clients/providers).

WSRP4J was terminated at the mutual decision with the Portals PMC.

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= BeanValidation =
Apache Bean Validation will deliver an implementation of the JSR303 Bean
Validation 1.0 specification.  BVAL entered incubation on March 1, 2010.

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

First release of artifacts. Grow the community and committer base.

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

None at this time.

How has the community developed since the last report:

The community has been focused on resolving TCK failures, with lots of help
coming from contributor Carlos Vara. Apache OpenJPA trunk is now using our
artifacts as their default provider for Bean Validation testing. Two other
projects (one at the ASF) have mentioned they are using our artifacts
instead of Hibernate.

How has the project developed since the last report:

Confluence is setup as our website and has been fully populated. SNAPSHOT
artifacts are being published to repository.apache.org. TCK testing is being
run by 3 or 4 committers and contributors.


= Bluesky =

BlueSky has been incubating since 01-12-2008. It is an e-learning solution
designed to help solve the disparity in availability of qualified education
between well-developed cities and poorer regions of China.

We are still waiting for Bill to check the completeness of the release
candidate. Things we've done recently:

 * Coding to optimize DTU structure, still under going;
 * Testing IPv6 and satellite module;

One thing left to the first release:

 * cast release vote in general list.

 * Improved typerendering with regex-pattern and renderlets for literal
types
 * Update to TDB 0.8.5
 * Presented Clerezza at the Apache Retreat
 * Manuel Innerhofer participated in the IKS FISE hackathon
(http://wiki.iks-project.eu/index.php/FISE), Clerezza modules are used in
FISE.

Next steps:

 * Enhance UIMA integration
 * Integration with Tika

Top 2/3 Issues before graduation:

 * Improve our website with tutorials and "getting started" content.
 * 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 committers: Bertil Chapuis and Richard Frovarp;
 * the community has organized a community day to fix nearly all open
tickets with patch
 * release preparation are under going

Issues before graduation :

 * Do a release
 * IP clearance


= Libcloud =

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

We're on the cusp of pushing 0.3.2 out the door, with our last release 0.3.1
on 10 May 2010.

Over the past few months we have:

 * Added driver support for new providers: Dreamhost, Eucalyptus, Enomaly
ECP, IBM Developer Cloud, and !SoftLayer
 * Improved multi-threaded handling in Rackspace and !RimuHosting
 * Created deployment and bootstrap API
 * Expanded test coverage
 * Augment documentation

We look forward to further improving documentation and lowering the barrier
to entry with tutorials and a guide for writing drivers.  We will continue
to add providers and keep the library updated with providers' changes.


= Lucene Connector Framework =

Description:

Lucene Connectors Framework is an incremental crawler framework and set of
connectors designed to pull documents from various kinds of repositories
into search engine indexes or other targets. The current bevy of connectors
includes Documentum (EMC), FileNet (IBM), LiveLink (OpenText), Patriarch
(Memex), Meridio (Autonomy), SharePoint (Microsoft), RSS feeds, and web
content. Lucene Connectors Framework also provides components for individual
document security within a target search engine, so that repository security
access conventions can be enforced in the search results.

Lucene Connectors Framework has been in incubation since January, 2010.

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

1. End-user documentation conversion to usable form needs to be completed;
this is probably the biggest obstacle to developing a broader community at
this point 1. Javadoc and nightly builds need to be set up 1. The first
official release needs to be planned and executed

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

1. We'd like to know whether there is any official Apache position on
inclusion of NTLM implementations in ASF projects, since we've gotten mixed
signals on this from other developers. This represents a crucial piece of
functionality needed to support LiveLink, Meridio, SharePoint, RSS, and Web
connectors properly.

How has the community developed since the last report?

There's been a significant amount of discussion pertaining to the LCF
document security model, it's advantages and disadvantages.  Offers of
assistance and advice abound.  A non-Apache code submission has even been
made.

How has the project developed since the last report?

Preliminary security integration with Solr has been tackled.  Online
end-user documentation is coming along and is perhaps 60% complete.  Scripts
have been written to make using LCF easier for the less experienced
integrator.


= 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 Jet  Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of
Technology (http://jpl.nasa.gov/, 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
 1. OODT contributions from at least 2 other  organizations besides JPL
 1. 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?

Chris Mattmann mentioned OODT as a possible extension for Whirr, proposed by
Tom White in the Incubator. We had some input from Justin
(http://www.mail-archive.com/oodt-dev@incubator.apache.org/msg00050.html)
progressing on OODT-3 (http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-3), and
leveraging tools like RAT to do the license checking and verification needed
to close out the issue. Much of the other activity  continues to be from the
mentors and committers.

How  has the project developed since the last report?

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

Development over the last month has centered
on[[https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-3|OODT-3]] (cleaning up the
OODT code and config license headers), with contributions from Sean
!McCleese, and on[[https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-15|OODT-15]]
(one top-level build for OODT, and one trunk, tags and
branches).[[https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-15|OODT-15]] in
particular included some community discussion and a lazy consensus to move
forward. Chris Mattmann is nearly complete on this reorganization, which,
coupled with[[https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-3|OODT-3]] should
provide for a great 1st incubating release along with some documentation
transfering and getting the website up and running
(https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT-16), which Sean Kelly has
volunteered to spearhead.



= 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 :
  * PhotArk started as a project with no initial code-base, and we have
grown the community to the minimal 3 independent committer size required for
graduation and have been seeing slow but continuous interest in the project.
We might be soon in a position to discuss graduation if others don't see an
independent, active but small community as an issue.

 * Suhothayan Sriskandaraj has been voted as Committer for Apache PhotArk
 * The PhotArk community continues to make good progress code wise
 * Three project ideas has been accepted for GSoC 2010 program
 * PhotArk M2 release is under review.



= SIS =

SIS was voted into the Incubator by the IPMC on February 21, 2010.

Apache SIS is a toolkit that spatial information  system builders or users
can use to build applications containing  location context. This project
will look to store reference  implementations of spatial algorithms,
utilities, services, etc. as well  as serve as a sandbox to explore new
ideas. Further, the goal is to  have Apache SIS grow into a thriving Apache
top-level community, where a  host of SIS/GIS related software (OGC
datastores, REST-ful interfaces,  data standards, etc.) can grow from and
thrive under the Apache  umbrella.

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

Not at this  time

Community progress since the last report:

Chris  Mattmann, Patrick O'Leary and Kevan Miller participated in a meeting
with ESRI (http://www.esri.com) who may be interested in participating
within the project within some capacity. This would be a huge win as ESRI is
one of the major industry leaders in the development of GIS software, with
connections to standards bodies including the Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC). Much of the other activity  continues to be from the mentors and
committers.

Project progress since last report

Chris Mattmann is working on refactoring the LocalLucene code into the SIS
codebase and work continues on creating the SIS incubator website, with Sean
McCleese leading the charge. Patrick O'Leary is investigating map
projections and coordinate systems including transformations to Polar
coordinates which should help on the observational data side.



= 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 February 2010, 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.

Milestone 2 (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.

In our last report we were preparing to vote for M2, unfortunately the
testing efforts are still underway and we continue to find issues that we
hope to resolve in the near future.  We are currently investigating which if
any products or implementations are holding us up from releasing and
addressing them in an effort to release a stable version to our users.

Milestone 3 (M3)

A proposal has been sumbitted for creating "micro samples" for many common
WS-* scenarios, with the goal being around creating implementations with low
barriers to entry. The proposal can be found at
https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/STONEHENGE-121.  The community is
anxiously awaiting the release of M2 so that we can get started on this
project with hopes that releases can be made on a more frequent basis.

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


= Thrift =

Thrift has been discussing what is required for it to move forwards - most
notably in relation to releases. While many developers work off their own
branches, and therefore do not require or need formal releases, they do
accept the need for releases. As a way to encourage releasing, a proposal
was made to have a release manager. As a result of this suggestion, Bryan
Duxbury was voted in as the Thrift release manager, and is intending to take
on regular releases.

One-off report from Upayavira


= VCL =

VCL has been incubating since December 2008. VCL is a cloud computing
platform for the management of physical and virtual machines.

Community Involvement:

 * As stated in the previous report, 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.
 * A few people from the community have been contacted by PPMC members
encouraging them to become more involved in the project.
 * We continue to see people from new locations asking questions on  the
vcl-dev list which shows that interest in VCL is continuing to grow.
 * Interest from the community to have support for a more recent  version of
VMWare Free Server drove the decision to swap that feature  (originally
slated for VCL 2.3) with cluster reservation improvements  (originally
slated for VCL 2.2).

Plans for next Release:

 * We hope to have our next release out by the end of June. This would  be
1/2 the time it took to get our previous release out. We hope to  continue
to shorten the time between releases as we move forward.

Documentation:

 * Migration of official documentation to our second Confluence space  has
started. The next step is to pick an autoexport template, and then  set up a
cronjob to copy the autoexported content to our official  documentation
location.

Top Issues Before Graduation:

 * Continue to increase contributors from multiple institutions


= 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:

 * In the middle of a Wink 1.1 release.  A few license issues were resolved
in the incubator regarding dual licensing.  More bug fixes and JAX-RS 1.1
changes for the non-Java EE 6 integration pieces were added.

 * Did some initial OSGi work.  Looking for feedback here to see where to
expand.

 * Some work done to improve the syndication models.

Planned Activity:

 * Continue the release

Top issues before graduation:

 * Build community


= Wookie =

No issues currently require IPMC or Board attention

Notable activities:

 * Voted raido in as a committer
 * Core W3C Widget parser has been split off into a standalone library for
use in other applications
 * Implemented a connector framework to support developers building plugins
to add Wookie support to their applications. Versions created for Java, C#,
Python and PHP
 * Implemented the W3C Widgets Access Request Policy  candidate
recommendation: see http://www.w3.org/TR/widgets-access/
 * Work progressing on implementing the W3C Widget Updates draft
specification: see http://www.w3.org/TR/widgets-updates/
 * JIRA Activity continues to grow
 * Interest from Android community in porting the Wookie parser library
 * Fixed Shindig integration

Items to be resolved before graduation:

 * Remove GPL dependencies
 * Create a release
 * Develop community



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