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From "Mattmann, Chris A (3980)" <>
Subject Re: Looking for a Champion for ORDs
Date Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:46:05 GMT
Dear Kris, please feel free to post the full proposal to the
Incubator wiki, here:, e.g., at:

You will need permissions to do so, so let someone on this list
know when you register for your wiki account.

Sounds very interesting.


Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Chief Architect
Instrument Software and Science Data Systems Section (398)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 168-519, Mailstop: 168-527
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Kris Popat <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:08 AM
To: "" <>
Subject: Looking for a Champion for ORDs

>Hello All,
>A while back I started a brief discussion about inclubating ORDS (Oxford
>Research Database System). However, we had a pause in this process over
>the summer whilst some potential IP issues were sorted out, these have
>been resolved. 
>I would like to start looking for a Champion for the project again.
>Here is the first section of the proposal which has some adjustments from
>the previous post.
>ORDS is a user and project centered, web-based  database-as-a-service
>(DbaaS) system with data publishing.
>ORDS imports data from recognized sources such as csv files,
>spreadsheets, and relational database files into structured online
>databases to provide DbaaS functionality. The databases are stored in an
>RDBMS (PostgreSQL with ORM access). It has a full set of high-level tools
>for managing and editing these databases, including tools that give users
>the ability to create versioned snapshots of data and share specific
>datasets. New databases can also be created using these tools.  Databases
>are housed in projects and associated with users with given roles. The
>data can be exported in common formats.
>We believe strongly that the ASF would be good place for this project to
>grow because of it’s tradition of upholding good open source practice.
>In brief it is in use by researchers at Oxford and there is a lot of
>interest in the sector for using it in other institutions.  Promotion of
>the system is already happening and this should give us a route for
>getting users, documenters, testers and developers involved.
>It is written in Java and uses Tomcat, PostgreSQL though the database can
>be switched as we use JPA for all db access.
>I have worked on the full proposal and can post it on this list if
>required or will put it on the wiki as and when is appropriate.  I just
>didn’t want to clog this email with a whole proposal at this stage.
>Please let me know if you are interested in Championing this project or
>know of any member who might be.
>Many thanks
>Kris Popat
>Developer | Consultant Researcher
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