The week of January 20, the International Oracle User Group Community (IOUC) met at the Oracle Redwood Shores campus for their annual leadership summit. The IOUC is a community of
leaders representing Oracle users groups worldwide. Members include
leaders from over 900 user groups representing individual
countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia
North America. There was a Java track scheduled during the summit, and Java Community Process (JCP) program office members, Patrick Curran and Heather VanCura, led a discussion with the Java User Group (JUG) leaders titled, "How to Increase Participation in the JCP" and provided an update on the JCP.Next effort. Heather led an interactive conversation with the approximately twenty JUG leaders from all over the world sharing insights and best practices around getting their Java developers more involved in the JCP and Java Specification Request (JSR) development activities. Drawing on input from the three JUG leaders serving as JCP Executive Committee (EC) Members, Jim Gough (London Java Community), Badr Erelhouari (Morocco JUG), and Bruno Souza (SouJava in Brazil), the leaders discussed the increasing openness and transparency of the latest versions of the JCP and the momentum of the Adopt-a-JSR programs. These initiatives have put the JCP back into the spotlight, but there are still barriers to participation that center around awareness, complexity, and accessibility of artifacts. Leaders from China, Japan, Netherlands and the United States shared their experiences and ways to address the remaining barriers, and also made some suggestions that JCP EC Members can implement to help support the international Java developer community. This is also a topic that the JCP EC discussed at the first EC Face to Face Meeting of 2014. The January EC Meeting summary and materials will be posted in the next few weeks. Next, Patrick reviewed the items under discussion for the latest iteration of JCP.Next, including: a modified JSPA, a standard Specification License., a standard Contributor Agreement, open source development processes, standard RI licenses, standard TCK licenses, and developer access to TCKs.
Thank you to all of the amazing JUG leaders who attended and participated in the summit. I look forward to working with you to increase participation in the coming year!