As part of the JCP.Next effort, the third JSR to be released as part of the JCP program reforms, JSR 364, Broadening JCP Membership, will take effect as JCP 2.10. The first in the effort was JSR 348, which increased JSR Expert Group transparency, took effect as JCP 2.8 in 2011. The second in the effort was JSR 355, EC Merge, which merged the two Executive Committees into one, took effect in 2012, and was finished being implemented in 2013. The EC serves as the Expert Group for these efforts. EC members guide the evolution of the Java technologies by approving and voting on all technology proposals (Java Specification Requests, or JSRs). They are also responsible for defining the JCP's rules of governance and the legal agreement between members and the organization. They provide guidance to the Program Management Office (PMO) and they represent the interests of the JCP to the broader community.
As of 12 May, JCP 2.10 is in effect. Heather VanCura, Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) served as Specification Lead for JSR 364 and the Executive Committee served as the Expert Group. We are excited to introduce the latest version of the JCP program to the community. In 2014, the EC started working group meetings around the participation of Individual Java developers interested in contributing through the JCP program. We decided to initiate JSR 364 to broaden JCP membership by defining new membership classes, changing existing membership categories, enabling participation by the community, while at the same time eliminating barriers to participation and ensuring the appropriate Intellectual Property commitments were in place from JCP Members. We think the community will be empowered to increase their participation in the JCP program.
JCP 2.10 includes the following updates designed to eliminate barriers to membership in the JCP Program and ensure that participation in the JCP Program is covered by an appropriate agreement.
For more information regarding the new version of the JCP Program, please refer to the JCP 2.10 Process Document and the JCP Participation Page, including a Process Flow chart and Participation Roles chart.