[oslc] OSLC Open Source Project Proposal

Olivier Berger olivier.berger at it-sudparis.eu
Wed Nov 17 05:34:36 EST 2010


Let me add a few bits, as we're eager to participate as initial
contributors too, and have discussed some of these bits with the other
initial founders.

Le mardi 16 novembre 2010 à 17:29 -0500, Steve K Speicher a écrit :

> This project will look to align with other appropriate open source 
> projects such as Eclipse, Apache, etc  if and when needed. The focus of 
> this OSLC open source project is narrowly on specification and 
> implementation validation.

Complementing on Steve's introduction, there's not yet a legal body to
formally contribute the code to. The project may some day try and
candidate to an existing Open Source foundation if that helps (which
will be less work than setting up a novel infrastructure, for a project
intended to be quite modest, at least in the current foreseen

Still, we want to make sure that all contributions can indeed be
licensed under a well agreed upon Open Source license (Apache license,
and every contributor keeping copyright ownership on his/her code), so
we'll probably try and collect Contributor's license agreements (CLA) to
make sure there's no copyright/license problems embedded in
contributions from the very beginning.

I hope this will be a good mix of legalese, yet allowing contributions
to flow in (IANAL) ;-) 
For the curious ones, I've added to the wiki a comparison document
between the original Apache CLA and the proposed CLA document. That's
still work in progress, of course, and we'll try and make sure there's a
lightwight process, still compatible with copyright law, that will allow
contributors to join in in a safe way.

Adopting a contribution process similar to the one of the Apache
Software Foundation seems to me the best way to diminish legal
uncertainty, so that this project can be a successful Open Source

Looking forward to reading your comments/proposals to join :-)

Best regards,
Olivier BERGER <olivier.berger at it-sudparis.eu>
http://www-public.it-sudparis.eu/~berger_o/ - OpenPGP-Id: 2048R/5819D7E8
Ingénieur Recherche - Dept INF
Institut TELECOM, SudParis (http://www.it-sudparis.eu/), Evry (France)

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