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From "Upayavira" ...@odoko.co.uk>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Stanbol for incubation
Date Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:51:02 GMT
+1

Upayavira

On Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:02 +0100, "Ate Douma" <ate@douma.nu> wrote:
> +1
> 
> Regards, Ate
> 
> On 10/11/10 16:11, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I think we're ready to vote on the
> > http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/StanbolProposal now, copy included
> > below.
> >
> > This is TPFKAF - The Project Formerly Known As FOO.
> >
> > Please cast your votes:
> >
> > [ ] +1 Accept Stanbol for incubation
> > [ ] +0 Don't care
> > [ ] -1 Reject for the following reason:
> >
> > The vote is open for at least 72 hours.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > -Bertrand
> >
> >
> > = Apache Stanbol incubation proposal =
> >
> > == Abstract ==
> > Apache Stanbol is a modular software stack and reusable set of
> > components for semantic content management.
> >
> > == Proposal ==
> > Stanbol components are meant to be accessed over RESTful interfaces to
> > provide semantic services for content management. The current code is
> > written in Java and based on the OSGi modularization framework, but
> > other server-side languages might be used as well.
> >
> > Applications include extending existing content management systems
> > with (internal or external) semantic services, and creating new types
> > of content management systems with semantics at their core.
> >
> > The architecture of the current (alpha-level) code consists of four layers:
> >   * Persistence: services that store (or cache) semantic information
> > and make it searchable
> >   * Lifting: services that add semantic information to “non-semantic”
> > pieces of content
> >   * Knowledge models and reasoning: services that enhance the semantic
> > information
> >   * Interaction: intelligent user interface management and generation
> >
> > == Background ==
> > Stanbol comes out of the IKS project (Interactive Knowledge Stack,
> > http://iks-project.eu/), a research project funded by the European
> > Community (EC) which aims to create a semantic content management
> > software stack.
> >
> > One of the goals of IKS is for its software to survive the 4-year
> > funding period of the EC, which ends in 2012.
> >
> > Developing its code in the open at the Apache Software Foundation, and
> > growing a community before IKS funding runs out, is the best way to
> > ensure the sustainability of the Stanbol software.
> >
> > For more background information, some articles and tutorials on FISE,
> > which was the first usable IKS module, can be found in the “FISE
> > links” section of http://wiki.iks-project.eu/index.php/FISE
> >
> > == Rationale ==
> > Content Management Systems (CMS) can benefit from semantic add-ons in
> > a number of ways, including more intelligent linking, automatic or
> > semi-automatic tagging of content, enhanced user interactions based on
> > intelligent and dynamically adaptable user scenario modeling, etc.
> >
> > However, many CMS vendors and developers are not aware of or skilled
> > enough in semantic technologies to make effective use of them.
> > Research in semantic technologies often happens in academic circles
> > which might not make their findings available in a way that’s easily
> > consumable by today’s CMS vendors and developers.
> >
> > Some big companies are using semantic technologies behind the scenes
> > to provide powerful services, but that technology is usually not
> > accessible to smaller vendors.
> >
> > Stanbol aims to bridge these gaps by providing CMS vendors and
> > developers with easy to integrate semantic components that add value
> > to their offerings.
> >
> > At the same time, more experimental advanced semantic applications
> > will be built on the Stanbol stack, with the medium-term goal of
> > enabling pure semantic-based content management and other
> > applications.
> >
> > == Initial Goals ==
> >   * Import the existing IKS code.
> >   * Clean up as needed to take advantage of Apache infrastructure
> > (Hudson continuous builds, etc.)
> >   * Replace up any dependencies that do not fulfill Apache licensing criteria.
> >   * Create the Stanbol website and migrate IKS website/wiki information
> > to it as needed.
> >   * Make a first release and publicize it to start growing the community.
> >
> > == Current Status ==
> > === Meritocracy ===
> > As IKS is an EC research project with funding, it does not formally
> > operate as a meritocracy.
> >
> > However, due to the open source way of working adopted by the
> > consortium, an informal meritocracy has emerged within IKS.
> >
> > We estimate that adapting to the ASF’s meritocratic way of working
> > will be easy for the initial set of Stanbol committers, as the
> > differences to the current way of working are not dramatic.
> >
> > === Community ===
> > The IKS project plan includes an important effort to build a community
> > around the software that it produces. Several community workshops have
> > already taken place, attended by more than 40 European CMS developers
> > and vendors.
> >
> > See http://wiki.iks-project.eu/index.php/Workshops for more info.
> >
> > A community is emerging around IKS, and moving to the Apache project
> > governance model should help grow it - also by reassuring community
> > members that the software will continue to be available and
> > maintainable once the IKS EC funding runs out.
> >
> > === Core Developers ===
> > The IKS consortium consists of seven academic research groups and six
> > “industrial partners”, companies active in the CMS space.
> >
> > See http://iks-project.eu/team/team for the list.
> >
> > The current IKS software has been written by a group of about a dozen
> > developers from this consortium, with few external contributions until
> > now. Members of the Clerezza community have contributed some key
> > pieces, and ties between both communities are strong.
> >
> > === Alignment ===
> > As many Apache projects have something to do with content management,
> > obvious synergies exist, which should allow us to grow the community
> > from inside the ASF as well as from the outside.
> >
> > == Known Risks ==
> >
> > === Orphaned Products ===
> > The IKS code as it stands now might be orphaned when the EC funding of
> > IKS runs out at the end of 2012.
> >
> > That’s why we want to move to Apache now, to have a bit more than two
> > years to make Stanbol independent of its EC funding.
> >
> > === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> > The IKS team includes a number of very experienced Open Source
> > developers, along with people doing their first open source
> > contributions.
> >
> > Since the IKS consortium started writing code early this year, we have
> > had ample opportunity to bring everybody up to speed as to how open
> > source works, and we’re confident that the initial committers will
> > quickly adapt to the ASF’s way of working.
> >
> > === Homogeneous Developers ===
> > The current developers are spread amongst the IKS consortium partners,
> > with no dominant company or organization.
> >
> > === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> > Until the end of 2012, the work of IKS consortium members is funded by
> > the consortium, so there is a “common boss” problem, and we can assume
> > that most or all of that work is salaried.
> >
> > Moving software development to the ASF, and especially growing a
> > community to include committers from outside the IKS consortium,
> > should help reduce or eliminate this risk. Even IKS partners using the
> > software in their products will help reduce the “common boss” problem,
> > as both the IKS and the partner company will have a need for Stanbol
> > software.
> >
> > === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> > The IKS software is written as a set of OSGi components and runs on
> > Apache Felix, using the launcher from Apache Sling.
> >
> > It also uses several key components from the Apache Clerezza
> > incubating project, along with a number of other Apache libraries.
> > Several Clerezza committers have been contributing in IKS workshops,
> > without being part of the IKS consortium.
> >
> > Clerezza in turn uses Jena, which is also joining the Apache Incubator.
> >
> > Lucene/Solr will be used for indexing and search.
> >
> > We also expect to use software from or collaborate with Mahout, Tikka,
> > Jackrabbit, UIMA and Chemistry.
> >
> > === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> > The brand is not what makes the difference for the IKS team, the
> > motivation is the opportunity to build and grow a community.
> >
> > == Documentation ==
> > Existing components are documented at http://wiki.iks-project.eu/ and
> > http://code.google.com/p/iks-project/w/list but that information is
> > still incomplete due to the alpha status of most of that software.
> >
> > == Initial Source ==
> > http://code.google.com/p/iks-project/
> >
> > == External Dependencies ==
> > Appendix A contains the list of Maven groupIds of dependencies of the
> > various Stanbol modules.
> >
> > Most of those are compatible with ASF requirements
> > (http://apache.org/legal/resolved.html) but an extensive check is
> > needed, to remove/change any non-compatible ones.
> >
> > == Required Resources ==
> >
> > === Mailing Lists ===
> >
> >   * stanbol-private (moderated subscriptions)
> >   * stanbol-dev
> >   * stanbol-commits
> >
> > === Subversion Directory ===
> >
> >   * [[http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/stanbol]]
> >
> > === Issue Tracking ===
> >   * JIRA (STANBOL)
> >
> > === Other Resources ===
> > We will probably request a wiki once the podling is setup, and access
> > to a Hudson continuous build server.
> >
> > == Initial Committers and affiliations ==
> > The following people are members of the IKS consortium, see
> > http://iks-project.eu/team/team for a description of their
> > organizations:
> >
> >   * Aldo Gangemi (aldo DOT gangemi AT cnr DOT it) - CNR
> >   * Andreas Filler (andreas DOT filler AT hs-furtwangen DOT de) -
> > Hochschule Furtwangen
> >   * Andreas Gruber (andreas DOT gruber AT salzburgresearch DOT at) -
> > Salzburg Research
> >   * Benjamin Nagel (bnagel AT hotmail DOT de) - University of Paderborn
> >   * Bertrand Delacretaz (bdelacretaz AT apache DOT org) - Adobe
> >   * Enrico Daga (enrico DOT daga AT cnr DOT it) - CNR
> >   * Fabian Christ (christ DOT fabian AT googlemail DOT com) -
> > University of Paderborn (s-lab)
> >   * Henri Bergius (henri DOT bergius AT iki DOT fi) - Nemein - original
> > co-author of Midgard
> >   * Jean-Michel Pittet (jmp AT adobe DOT com) - Adobe
> >   * Joerg Steffen (steffen AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI
> >   * Massimo Romanelli (romanell AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI - W3C MMI
> > Working Group, USDL Incubator Group
> >   * Olivier Grisel (ogrisel AT nuxeo DOT com) - Nuxeo - committer on
> > Nuxeo, contributor to Mahout,  http://github.com/ogrisel and
> > http://bitbucket.org/ogrisel
> >   * Ozgur Kilic (ozgur AT srdc DOT com DOT tr) - SRDC
> >   * Rupert Westenthaler (rupert DOT westenthaler AT gmail DOT com) -
> > Salzburg Research
> >   * Sebastian Germesin (sebastian DOT germesin AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI
> >   * Stefane Fermigier (sf AT fermigier DOT com) - Nuxeo SA
> >   * Szabolcs Grunwald (szaby DOT gruenwald AT salzburgresearch DOT at)
> > - Salzburg Research
> >   * Tilman Becker (becker AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI
> >   * Valentina Presutti (valentina DOT presutti AT cnr DOT it) - CNR
> >   * Walter Kasper (kasper AT dfki DOT de) - DFKI - OpenLogos project
> > lead, http://openlogos-mt.sourceforge.net/
> >   * Wernher Behrendt (wernher DOT behrendt AT gmail DOT com) - Salzburg Research
> >   * Wolfgang Maass (wolfgang DOT maass AT unisg DOT de) - University of
> > St. Gallen
> >
> >
> > The following initial committers are not members of the IKS consortium:
> >   * Andreas Kuckartz (a DOT kuckartz AT ping DOT de)
> >   * Ard Schrijvers (ard AT apache DOT org)
> >   * Tommaso Teofili (tommaso AT apache DOT org)
> >
> > == Sponsors ==
> >
> > === Champion ===
> >    * Bertrand Delacretaz (bdelacretaz AT apache DOT org)
> >
> > === Nominated Mentors ===
> >    * Ted Dunning (tdunning AT apache DOT org)
> >    * Ross Gardler (rgardler AT apache DOT org)
> >    * Upayavira (upayavira AT apache DOT org)
> >    * Isabel Drost (isabel AT apache DOT org)
> >
> > === Sponsoring Entity ===
> > Apache Incubator.
> >
> > == Appendix A: list of dependencies ==
> > Here's the list of Maven groupIds of the current Stanbol dependencies,
> > omitting org.apache.* and commons-* groupIds but including transitive
> > dependencies.
> >
> > {{{
> > asm
> > com.aetrion.flickr
> > com.beetstra.jutf7
> > com.drewnoakes
> > com.googlecode.json-simple
> > com.hp.hpl.jena
> > com.ibm.icu
> > com.sun.jersey
> > com.sun.xml.bind
> > dom4j
> > edu.smu.tspell
> > eu.iksproject
> > hermit
> > info.aduna.commons
> > it.unimi.dsi.fastutil.chars
> > javax.activation
> > javax.mail
> > javax.servlet
> > javax.ws.rs
> > javax.xml
> > javax.xml.bind
> > javax.xml.stream
> > jetty
> > jtidy
> > junit
> > local.jrdf
> > log4j
> > mysql
> > net.fortuna.ical4j
> > net.fortuna.mstor
> > net.sf.jacob-project
> > net.sf.kxml
> > net.sourceforge
> > net.sourceforge.juniversalchardet
> > org.antlr
> > org.bibsonomy
> > org.bouncycastle
> > org.clojars.thnetos
> > org.codehaus.castor
> > org.codehaus.jackson
> > org.codehaus.jettison
> > org.codehaus.woodstox
> > org.freemarker
> > org.hsqldb
> > org.htmlparser
> > org.jaudiotagger
> > org.jdom
> > org.json
> > org.mockito
> > org.mortbay.jetty
> > org.nsdl.mptstore
> > org.openrdf.sesame
> > org.ops4j.base
> > org.ops4j.pax.exam
> > org.ops4j.pax.runner
> > org.osgi
> > org.samba.jcifs
> > org.scala-lang
> > org.semanticdesktop.aperture
> > org.semanticdesktop.nepomuk
> > org.semanticweb.owlapi
> > org.semweb4j
> > org.slf4j
> > org.textmining
> > org.wymiwyg
> > owl-link
> > owlapi
> > ronaldhttpclient
> > stax
> > trove
> > xerces
> > xmlpull
> > }}}
> >
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