Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

A crowded field

Horse raceThe annual elections for the Executive Committees are currently taking place, and this year we have a record number of candidates.

Executive Committee members serve three-year terms, and each year one third of them are up for reelection. Some of the members are nominated by Oracle to ratified seats (as the Process Document states, nominations are chosen "with due regard for balanced community and regional representation,") while others are self-nominated to elected seats.

This year Ericsson, Intel, and SAP have been nominated for ratified seats on the SE/EE EC, while IBM, Nokia, and SK Telecom have been nominated for ratified seats on the ME EC. (All of these candidates must be approved by the membership during the election.)

We have a total of nine candidates for two elected seats on the SE/EE EC: Azul Systems, Central Ohio Java Users Group, CloudBees, John Harby, Jushan Jayathilake, Software AG, Tongtech, Gaurav Tripathi, and Twitter . On the ME EC the competition is a little less fierce with "only" five candidates for two seats: aicas, ARM, Cox Communications, Werner Keil, and Alex Terrazas. You can learn more about the candidates by visiting the nominees page at jcp.org or by listening to a recording of a recent Meet the candidates conference call.

The large number of strong candidates is, I believe, an indication of the renewed interest in the JCP. If you're a member and have not yet voted, please do so. A high voter turnout will show the candidates that we appreciate their interest and commitment. They can't all win, but they do deserve our support.

Tuesday Oct 18, 2011

No more smoke-filled rooms

Smoke-filled roomThe Executive Committees of the JCP have been busy for the past several months on some significant revisions to the Process. These changes have been specified through JSR 348: Towards a new version of the Java Community Process, which has just completed the Final Approval Ballot process and has been overwhelmingly approved.

The principal goals of this JSR have been to improve transparency and to make it easier for people to participate. I summarized the details in a recent post, and of course you can now download the new versions of the Process Document and EC Standing Rules from the JSR's page at jcp.org.

The most significant changes concern the ways in which Expert Groups do their work. Although in the past many JSRs were run in an open and transparent manner this is now a requirement. Expert Groups must conduct all of their business through a public email alias or similar mechanism, must use a public issue-tracking mechanism to record and track their progress, and must publish their working documents for all to see. All future JSRs will be required to operate in this manner, and we expect most JSRs that are already in progress to voluntarily adopt the new requirements.

We hope that these changes will make it easier for people - even non-members - to participate in our work. Please take advantage of this opportunity and help us to ensure that future JSRs will achieve the broadest possible consensus.

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