Spec Leads: Are you Active?

In February I presented to the JCP Executive Committee on the Transparency topic again (I also presented on this topic in "at the December EC meeting"; the updated February slides will be posted shortly. One of the action items was to create a new "Inactive" status label for JSRs for non-final JSRs that have not posted a milestone within the last 18 months.

Currently, there are over 300 JSRs, each of which are either in progress, Rejected, Withdrawn, or Final. To this list is added the status "Inactive".

In the "Spec Lead Guide" we talk a little bit more about this stage. A full list of "Inactive JSRs" is available. To summarize, this is a JSR which has an approved JSR proposal but which has both:
a) not produced a Final Release, and
b) not produced another milestone for the last eighteen months

There are currently 49 Inactive JSRs. We will be contacting those JSR Spec Leads over the next 6 months to encourage them to either submit an update to the JSR or withdraw their JSR.

One of the best ways to be transparent in standards development is to publish a draft of your specification. Some case studies on this topic "Downloads: Making Drafts and Collateral Available" have been published on jcp.org and highlight JSR 283, JSR 308, JSR 310 & JSR 321. What are your thoughts on the Transparency Initiative and in particular, Inactive JSRs?

Invitation for JCP program Specification Leads:
On Wednesday, 11 March 2009 from 8:00-9:00 am. PT the JCP program office will host a conference call meeting for JCP Specification Leads. Periodically the PMO hosts meetings for Spec Leads to both hear from the Program Management Office and to discuss questions and concerns they have about running a JSR with each other. This month's call will have members of the JCP program office to discuss Inactive JSRs. There will be some prepared content/demonstrations, as well as time for you to ask questions and share experiences. Contact the PMO at jcp dot org for more information.

These meetings are recorded and posted on jcp.org; for instance, the December meeting on Running an Expert Group has recently been made available on the jcp.org "multimedia page".

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