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CommonsRDF

21 Sep 2016

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Work with key target communities (Apache Jena and Eclipse RDF4J) to
    ensure Commons RDF meets potential user requirements and expectations
    towards next versions of the Commons API.
 2. Engage wider RDF community
 3. Graduate to Apache Commons

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None

How has the community developed since the last report?

 The community has been fairly quiet during the summer.

 Mailing list stats:

 dev@commonsrdf traffic
 Jun 2016: 10
 Jul 2016: 21
 Aug 2016: 3

 Jira stats for last 90 days:
 Created: 5
 Resolved: 1

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Building on the idea of Commons VFS-style integration
 we have added branches that add bindings for
 Eclipse RDF4j (formerly Open RDF Sesame),
 Apache Jena and JSON-LD-Java.
 https://github.com/apache/incubator-commonsrdf/branches

 This has raised interest within Jena
 https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JENA-1015

 We should now be moving towards a 0.3.0 release,
 and working towards graduation to Apache Commons PMC,
 we are adapting the build to be more compatible with the
 Commons release process https://commons.apache.org/releases/

Date of last release:

 2016-05-24 apache-commonsrdf-0.2.0-incubating

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None

Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory
 [X](commonsrdf) Lewis J McGibbney

15 Jun 2016

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Find concrete target goals that could make the project viable as a
    Commons component.
 2. Work with key target communities (Apache Jena and Eclipse RDF4J) to
    ensure Commons RDF meets potential user requirements and expectations
    towards next versions of the Commons API.
 3. Re-engage and grow the Commons RDF community base.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 More key people (Andy Seaborne this time) has left the podling due
 lack of time. Mentor Rob Vesse has also resigned for the
 same reason.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Community have been compacted with the lost of some key people. We still
 aim to attract a more broader RDF community, both in and out of ASF.

 Mailing list stats:

 dev@commonsrdf traffic
 Mar 2016: 45
 Apr 2016: 75
 May 2016: 18


 Jira stats for last 90 days:
 Created: 7
 Resolved: 6


How has the project developed since the last report?

 Project's development has resumed the work in the last weeks, being able
 to cast a 0.2.0-incubating release https://s.apache.org/rd0E

 Achieving such milestone has reactivated the discussion about the future
 of the project. All options have been put on the table, even retiring
 the podling; but currently the most likely option looks to be graduating
 as a Apache Commons component.

 Rather than the original plan of aiming for each RDF frameworks to adapt
 Commons RDF, the project is now experimenting with its own integration
 bindings in the style of Commons VFS. Discussions will continue in the
 next weeks.


Date of last release:

 2016-05-24 apache-commonsrdf-0.2.0-incubating


When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None


Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [X](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory

16 Mar 2016

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Re-engage and grow the Commons RDF community base
 2. Work with key target communities (initially within Apache) to ensure
    Commons RDF meets potential user requirements and expectations towards
    next versions of the Commons API.
 3. Find lateral target goals that could make the project viable.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 n/a

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Sleeper community in the last months; very few mails and no commits.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Project's development has completely stop in the last months. We expected
 a different engagement from major RDF toolkits. But since that does not
 happen, we have started to discuss options to find a viability for the
 project https://s.apache.org/oxqb

 By the next reporting period we should have something more concrete
 towards the future, or we could think about a possible exit strategy.

Date of last release:

 2015-05-07

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 n/a (no PPMC or Committers have been elected yet)

Signed-off-by:

 [ ](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [x](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 johndament: The report reflects current community engagement.

16 Dec 2015

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Re-engage and grow the Commons RDF community base
 2. Work with key target communities (initially within Apache) to ensure
    Commons RDF meets potential user requirements and expectations towards
    next versions of the Commons API.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 n/a

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Sleeper community in the last months; just few mails and commits.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Development has seen a drop in engagement across the board. Internal
 discussions about the scope and target audience/consumers has affected the
 community, loosing in the way one of the project founders and main contact
 with a primary target project. Therefore next months are critical to find
 the project fit or decide to wrap up this venture.  Some discussions in
 this direction are taking place: http://s.apache.org/SFA

 On a brighter note one thing for the CommonsRDF PPMC to consider is that
 in the beginning there was a small group of 5 core committers. Recently
 the number of subscribers to the dev@ list was 22. It is not all down and
 gloom. The PPMC has actually done pretty well in attracting new community
 to join the community ML.

Date of last release:

 2015-05-07

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 n/a (no PPMC or Committers have been elected yet)

Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) Lewis John McGibbney
 [X](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 John D. Ament (johndament):

   Podling activity still appears to be on the low side.  I hope that more
   releases may help get more visibility into the podling, but the active
   group is active enough.

16 Sep 2015

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Grow the Commons RDF community base
 2. Continue development towards 0.2.0-incubating release
 3. Work with key target communities (initially within Apache) to ensure
    Commons RDF meets potential user requirements and expectations

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 N/A

How has the community developed since the last report?

 A new community member has mentioned development of a branch which _may_
 have the potential to drive the project in a different direction.  Commons
 RDF IPMC members are continuing conversation on the topic.  Additionally
 there is recent discussion of how Commons RDF can be used within Apache
 Jena. Jena is one of the key consumer communities Commons RDF aims to
 target within the scope of addressing #3 above.

How has the project developed since the last report?

Development has been reasonably slow post 0.1.0-incubating release.

Date of last release:

 2015-05-07

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

N/A no PPMC or Committers have been elected yet.

Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory
 [X](commonsrdf) Lewis J. McGibbney

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Rob Vesse (rvesse):

   Activity dropped to almost zero after first release but has recently
   started to pick up again.

17 Jun 2015

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Build community.
 2. Further engage the podling with the nuances of the Apache
    Incubation process
 3.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 See community section.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 The community still needs to find a discussion mode based on
 consensus and compromise.  Certain techncial issues in RDF
 lead to entrenched positions (this is not unique to the podling;
 there are such long discussions outside ASF).

 This has lead to a lack of energy and one person stepping back
 from the project in this reporting period.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The project made its first release on 2015-05-15.

Date of last release:

 2015-05-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None added so far.

Signed-off-by:

 [x](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [x](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

rvesse - The strong differences of opinion over some aspects of RDF are
as reported by the podling causing some issues and they have yet to find a
satisfactory way to build consensus and move forward on some of these.  As
noted this is not unusual in the wider world, even within the ASF we have
5 different TLPs that use RDF who between them use 3 different APIs each
with very different world views so building that cross project consensus
and moving forward on releases has the potential to be a blocker to
progress and graduation.

20 May 2015

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Grow the CommonsRDF Community such that we can progress
    towards graduation
 2. Further engage the podling with the nuances of the Apache
    Incubation process
 3. Drive towards the first incubating release

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 Peter Ansell resigned from the PPMC, but remains affiliated with the
 project.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Development and coding practices agreed.
 Newcomers are joining discussions, adding feature requests.

 Mailing list subscribers numbers were not included in last report. Numbers
 for April 2015:

 dev@      ======> 16 subscribers, 333 messages
 commits@  ======> 9 subscribers, 248 messages

How has the project developed since the last report?

 There has been a bunch of development activity going on at CommonsRDF with
 over 200 dev@ messages in March and 300 in April.  Website and
 documentation established at http://commonsrdf.incubator.apache.org.  All
 project communication and development has been migrated to Apache
 Infrastructure.  The project has been introduced to the W3C Data on the
 Web Best Practices Working Group to increase the community.  There is also
 an ongoing thread relating to the first project incubating release with a
 release candidate currently being voted on.

Date of last release:

 XXXX-XX-XX

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 N/A

Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory
 [X](commonsrdf) Lewis J. McGibbney (Champion)
 [X](ipmc)       Chris Mattmann

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Chris Mattmann:

     Peter Ansell's resignation from the IPMC isn't related to this project,
     right?

 Rob Vesse:

     Peter Ansell's resignation was due to frustrations at the speed of
     progress particularly around some technical discussions that he had felt
     had previously been resolved prior to this project entering the
     Incubator and so he has chosen to focus his efforts on other projects.
     The project does seem to now have resolved those issues and has been
     able to move forward with a first release candidate.

 John Ament:

   Peter Ansell resigned from the PPMC/Podling, not the IPMC.

22 Apr 2015

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces and classes for RDF 1.1 concepts and
behaviours.  The commons-rdf-api module defines interfaces and testing
harness.  The commons-rdf-simple module provides a basic reference
implementation to exercise the test harness and clarify API contracts.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Grow the CommonsRDF Community such that we can progress
    towards gradution
 2. Further engage the podling with the nuances of the Apache
    Incubation process
 3. Drive towards the first incubating release

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 A SGA was recently filed with secretary@ and the CommonsRDF codebase now
 resides at the ASF with the canonical source residing at
 https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf?p=incubator-commonsrdf.git

 Project is not yet decided on goal of TLP or Commons component - but still
 aiming at the Commons component.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 There have been no new committers, however the overwhelming majority of
 project-related development conversation is already taking place on the
 Apache lists.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 CommonsRDF very recently joined the Apache Incubator. Bootstrapping and
 migration have quickly progressed (mailing lists, git, Jira) and the
 initial committer community is transitioning very well into the Apache
 incubator ecosystem.

 Web site remains to be sorted - evaluating technologies (considering
 INFRA's proposed CMS deprecation).

Date of last release:

 XXXX-XX-XX

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 N/A Commons RDF has only just joined the Apache Incubator.

Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory
 [X](commonsrdf) Lewis John McGibbney
 [X](IPMC)       Chris Mattmann

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Chris Mattmann:

   * template dates can be removed.

18 Mar 2015

Commons RDF is a set of interfaces for the RDF 1.1 concepts that can be
used to expose common RDF-1.1 concepts using common Java interfaces.

CommonsRDF has been incubating since 2015-03-06.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Integrate the project in the ASF infrastructure and get adopted
    the Apache Way.
 2. Evolve the current design towards achieving agreed goals.
 3. Build a community around the project, establishing relations with
    related projects, both at ASF (Jena, etc) and out (Sesame).

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 Nothing to report.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Just getting started.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 N/A.

Date of last release:

 Just getting started.

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 Just starting at the incubator.

Signed-off-by:

 [X](commonsrdf) Lewis John McGibbney
 [X](commonsrdf) Rob Vesse
 [X](commonsrdf) John D Ament
 [ ](commonsrdf) Gary Gregory

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Rob Vesse (rvesse):

   Podling is brand new and still in extremely early bootstrap stage so
   nothing of note has actually happened yet.