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From Andrus Adamchik <and...@objectstyle.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Apache DeviceMap, a data repository and APIs for mobile device information
Date Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:44:31 GMT
Big +1.

With WURFL demise and disgraceful behavior of its founders, we certainly need a truly open
source alternative. 

So what is the origin of OpenDDR database and how does it compare to WURFL?

Cheers,
Andrus

On Dec 23, 2011, at 9:32 AM, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:

> Hi Incubator PMC,
> 
> The proposal at http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/DeviceMapProposal
> (copied below) is open for discussion, I'm planning to start the vote
> to accept it sometime next week.
> 
> -Bertrand
> 
> *** Apache DeviceMap proposal ***
> 
> Abstract
> 
> Apache DeviceMap is a data repository containing device information,
> images and other relevant information for all sorts of mobile devices,
> e.g. smartphones and tablets.
> 
> While the focus is initially on that data, APIs will also be created
> to use and manage it.
> 
> Proposal
> 
> Apache DeviceMap allows users to access a wide array of technical
> specifications, images and other artifacts related to mobile devices.
> Typical mobile devices include smartphones and tablets, such as:
> 
> Android devices from multiple vendors
> Apple’s iPhone and iPad family of devices
> BlackBerry devices
> Windows Phone devices from multiple vendors
> Symbian devices
> Devices with a small marketshare running Bada, Tizen, WebOS etc.
> The list of Apache DeviceMap devices remains open to other device
> types, as the mobile sector is a highly dynamic marketplace and new
> device forms may surface which may not too well fit into a smartphone
> / tablet matrix, e.g. ChromeOS Devices.
> 
> Repository Data
> 
> The exact structure of the repository data will be defined as the
> project progresses.
> 
> At the moment we envision storing user agent strings and/or regular
> expressions, properties similar to CSS Media Queries, images of the
> actual devices, other attributes similar to what’s in UAPROF
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UAProf) for example, per-country market
> share data, etc.
> 
> Modern mobile applications often do not need very detailed device
> data, so we will concentrate, at least initially, on basic device
> features as used in html5 websites.
> 
> The W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative specs
> (http://www.w3.org/2005/MWI/DDWG/) will also be evaluated for use in
> DeviceMap.
> 
> Background
> 
> The initial motivation for Apache DeviceMap is to provide an open
> repository of mobile device data, available to the general public
> according to the Apache License.
> 
> Rationale
> 
> We propose an open and community driven repository containing mobile
> device data, thereby allowing for analysis of device capabilities and
> feature sets. This is beneficial on several fronts, be it for software
> developers, stakeholders/decision makers or analysts.
> 
> Initial Goals
> 
> Define what form of data is valuable/required to setup a good working repository
> Define what image sets are valuable/required
> Define a data retention policy, meaning when should data be purged
> Collect existing data and setup simple procedures for users to
> contribute and validate such data.
> Current Status
> 
> Proposal is being discussed on the Incubator general list (TODO add
> link to that).
> 
> Community
> 
> This project will form a new community, driven by the initial
> committers listed below. We hope and feel that Apache DeviceMap will
> draw interest and its community will broaden.
> 
> Known Risks
> 
> For device images and other data, we’ll need to define acceptance
> criteria and traceability rules similar to what Apache uses for code,
> to avoid any legal issues.
> 
> Gathering data of any sort is a potential sensitive area and may
> require good public communication or even public relation activities.
> 
> Initial Source
> 
> The OpenDDR.org team will donate their existing source code to the
> DeviceMap podling.
> 
> Initial Committers
> 
> Philip Jespersen - philip.jespersen (at) terria (dot) com
> Bertrand Delacretaz - bdelacretaz (at) apache (dot) org
> Christian Stocker - chregu (at) liip.ch
> Scott Wilson - scottbw (at) apache (dot) org
> Sylvain Wallez - sylvain (at) apache (dot) org
> Andrew Savory - savs (at) apache (dot) org
> Nils Dehl - nils.dehl (at) dkd (dot) de
> Brian LeRoux - brian (at) apache (dot) org
> Stefano Andreani - s.andreani (at) opentecheng (dot) com
> Alessandro Bellucci - a.bellucci (at) opentecheng (dot) com
> Werner Keil - werner (at) openddr (dot) org
> Tim Fernando - info (at) timfernando (dot) com
> Required Resources
> 
> Mailing lists
> 
> devicemap-dev @ incubator.apache.org
> devicemap-commits @ incubator.apache.org
> devicemap-private @ incubator.apache.org
> Subversion Directory
> 
> http://svn.apache.org/repos/incubator/devicemap
> 
> Issue Tracking
> 
> DMAP project in JIRA.
> 
> Sponsors
> 
> Champion
> 
> Bertrand Delacretaz
> 
> Nominated Mentors
> 
> Sylvain Wallez
> Kevan Miller
> Bertrand Delacretaz
> Sponsoring Entity
> 
> Incubator PMC
> 
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