Another JCP.Next JSR submitted
By Heather VanCura on Jan 25, 2012
JSR 355, JCP Executive Committee Merge, has been posted this week for JSR Review, with the JSR Review Ballot scheduled for 7-20 February. From Section 2.1 of the JSR proposal, this JSR proposes to make changes to the JCP's Process Document and the Executive Committee's Standing Rules with the goal of merging the two Executive Committees into one and reducing the total number of Executive Committee members from the current total of 32. The existing two-to-one ratio of ratified to elected seats will be maintained. On the merged EC neither Oracle nor any other member may hold more than one seat.
Additional changes to election processes and related EC procedures (for example, the possibility of moving to a two-year rather than a three-year election cycle, or of changing the meeting quorum) and minor changes to JSR ballot processes will also be considered; of course, since there will only be a single EC after the merge, all JSRs - even those that are currently in progress - will in future be approved by the merged EC.
Additional minor changes to the Process Document and Standing Rules may be included if these are legitimate "bug fixes" resulting from the recent completion of JSR 348 (JCP 2.8), but otherwise no additional changes will be proposed in this JSR. (A follow-on JSR may introduce additional changes.)
The Expert Group intends to complete the JSR within about six months, thereby permitting the changes to be initiated during the 2012 elections. The EG recognizes, however, that the changes may need be phased in over time.
While devising the process to effect the merge and reduce the number of EC members, the Expert Group will follow these guidelines:
- The process should be seen as fair.
- All members should have an equal chance of losing their seats through elimination (this should not vary depending on when their terms expire.)
- If the reduction in numbers is phased in over time, the percentage of seats eliminated and the ratio of ratified to elected seats should be consistent in each phase.
- Oracle should have the greatest possible flexibility in reallocating ratified seats to ensure that the merged EC adequately and fairly represents the entire Java ecosystem.
- The process should be completed as soon as possible.
A java.net project (http://java.net/projects/jsr355/pages/Home) will host all communication mechanisms. The home-page of this project will contain pointers to the mailing-lists, Wiki, document archive, discussion forum, and issue tracker, and will explain how members of the public can observe and participate in the activities of the Expert Group. The Final Release is planned for August 2012.
Please follow the progress and provide your feedback!