new IP Policy has established the role of Committers. Committers are
Contributors who have the authority to approve Projects being placed
into the Catalogs.
have based our Committer selection process somewhat on the process
used in Eclipse, where the Committers are elected to that position
through a vote of the existing Committers. Like Eclipse, Committers
are those whose technical capabilities and project participation have
gained them respect in the community.
we have seven Committers, six of whom manage the code in the Apache
Catalog, but only one who manages code in the GPL catalog. So, we
are calling for people to volunteer to be nominated and elected as
what does a Committer do? When someone wants to submit a Project to
a Catalog, the IP Manager (that's me) scans the code for IP issues.
Once those issues have been cleared up (which may require some
changes to the submission), the Committer goes to work. The
Committer makes sure that the submission runs, does what it is
supposed to do, and is properly documented. A Committer may raise an
objection if, for example, the submission does not include all the
source, or requires a key from a third party to execute. Basically
the Committer helps to ensure that the OpenNTF Catalog contains only
high quality Projects.
currently have seven GPL submissions in the pipeline – which will
be ready for a Committer's consideration once the IP issues have been
cleared. If you are ready willing and able to lend a hand to help
with these, and strengthen the GPL Catalog side of OpenNTF – please
send me an email to IP-Manager at openntf dot org.