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Taverna

15 Mar 2017

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21 Dec 2016

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and
execute data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Project maturity evaluation
 2. IP/licence review of unreleased repositories
 3. Graduate!

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

 Preparing to graduate.

 Stian added as new mentor.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Added 3 new committers who were introduced via the Google Summer of
 Code. 2 of them did not directly work on Apache Taverna through GSoC
 but this was where they heard about the project.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The Taverna Mobile Android application is nearing release standard
 with all licence checks passed.

 Most of the codebases under the Taverna banner are also nearing
 release standard with an extensive licence review currently underway.

 Preparing maturity report, almost ready for graduation vote.

Email stats dev@taverna:

 2016-09: 190 emails
 2016-10: 69 emails
 2016-11: 78 emails

Email stats users@taverna:

 2016-09: 0 emails
 2016-10: 3 emails
 2016-11: 16 emails

Jira stats:

 2016-09 (6 created, 0 resolved)
 2016-10 (3 created, 7 resolved)
 2016-11 (0 created, 15 resolved)

Git stats:
 2016-09: 158 commits
 2016-10: 165 commits
 2016-11: 34 commits

Date of last release:

 2016-07-01 taverna-engine-3.1.0-incubating
 2016-07-01 taverna-common-activities-2.1.0-incubating
 2016-07-01 taverna-commandline-3.1.0-incubating

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2016-10-20

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Daniel J Debrunner
 [x](taverna) Stian Soiland-Reyes
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [ ](taverna) Marlon Pierce

21 Sep 2016

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Project maturity evaluation and graduation
 2. Complete IP/license review of unreleased repositories
 3. Further engaging user/devops community

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

 Preparing to graduate.

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

 The community is moving towards graduation, by preparing a
 Graduation Maturity Assessment
 https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TAVERNADEV/2016-03+Taverna+Graduation+Maturity+Assessment

 While we wished we could have released all of Taverna's git repositories
 through the Incubator before graduating, we realize that with limited
 developer time, getting all of them to a cleanly releasable state
 could remove focus from development of the core repositories.

 As we an important point of Incubator releases is to ensure the project
 understands the ASF release process, including release review and voting,
 IP management and licensing compatibility; as well as accepting
 contributions. We believe we have gained that after 3 release votes
 https://archive.apache.org/dist/incubator/taverna/source/
 and 7 GSOC/student contributors.

 We have however identified the need for a License Review of the remaining
 git repositories that have not yet been formally released through the
 Apache Incubator (e.g. to ensure ASF file headers), which we are now
 completing:
 https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TAVERNADEV/2016-09+License+review

 We might consider not including all of these repositories as we move
 towards graduation - we already have an alternative home
 https://github.com/taverna-extras for dormant extensions.

 dev@taverna mailing lists stats:

 Jun 2016: 347
 Jul 2016: 221
 Aug 2016: 170

 users@taverna:

 Jun 2016: 4
 Jul 2016: 2
 Aug 2016: 4

 JIRA issues over last 90 days:

 34 created
 12 resolved


How has the project developed since the last report?

 We have seen an upsurge in activity with
 two successful GSOC projects as well as several
 new plugins from other students. Some of them have shown interest
 in continued contributions, which we must take into account
 for proposing new committers.

 This have admittedly taken some focus from the committers
 from the incubator graduation path - so we're now
 putting effort back into finishing our License Review.


Date of last release:

 2016-07-01 taverna-engine-3.1.0-incubating
 2016-07-01 taverna-common-activities-2.1.0-incubating
 2016-07-01 taverna-commandline-3.1.0-incubating

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2015-12-04


Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Daniel J Debrunner
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [ ](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy Seaborne:

   The Taverna podling is hindered by a lack of active mentors (myself
   included) - the project has appealled to general@ on a couple of
   occasions

   3 of the 4 active contributors are from one institution and contribution
   is related to EU project commitments.  The codebase is large and has a
   long history.  One option is to identify a "core" and move out the rest
   until such time as they are sustainable.  More active PMC/commiters
   would be a big boost.

   The comment from the last report applies:

     Drew Farris (shepherd):

       Little mentor activity on the mailing lists, could use another
       active mentor. Healthy activity in the community.

15 Jun 2016

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Project maturity evaluation
 2. Releasing main code base (RC under vote)
 3. Engaging user/devops community

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

 ASF guidance on US export ECCN cryptography registration
 https://www.apache.org/dev/crypto.html
 has not yet been updated for the 2010 rule changes, confusion
 around this classification caused Taverna delays.

 Lack of active mentors - would appreciate another volunteer.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Two new GSOC students now active.

 2-3 other new potential contributors discussing new work.

 A total of 4 ICLAs registered - however these folks need
 further encouragement and guidance to submit regular pull
 requests.

 dev@taverna mailing lists stats:

 Mar 2016: 312
 Apr 2016: 102
 May 2015: 184

 users@taverna:

 Mar 2016: 12
 Apr 2016: 6
 May 2015: 1

 JIRA issues over last 90 days:

 49 created
 25 resolved

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Preparations for release of the main workflow engine has had focus,
 including build stability across platforms,
 documentation update and US Export classifications of
 encryption items (which caused some delays).

 Taverna Engine/Command Line Release candidate now under vote.
 https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/Zpt11soyc7qf2so

 Traffic on users@ show interest mainly on Taverna Server, so
 this component should probably be the development
 focus after GSOC.

Date of last release:

 2016-03-11 taverna-osgi-0.2.1-incubating
 2016-03-11 taverna-language-0.15.1-incubating

 Currently in [VOTE]:
 taverna-engine, taverna-common-activities, taverna-commandline
 https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/Zpt11soyc7qf2so

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2015-12-04

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Daniel J Debrunner
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy Seaborne:
   There is still a lack of active mentors.  I'm dipping in when I can.

 Drew Farris (shepherd):
   Little mentor activity on the mailing lists, could use another active
   mentor. Healthy activity in the community.

16 Mar 2016

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Community growth
 2. Release more of the imported code to create engagement
 3. Move to a sustainable development pattern

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

 Our mentors have reported they have little or no time
 available as Taverna is picking up pace.

 Dan Debrunner volunteered from the incubator list and
 became a new mentor.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Welcomed new PPMC member.

 GSOC 2016 project ideas are already getting interest.

 dev@taverna mailing lists stats:

 Dec 2015: 42
 Jan 2016: 128
 Feb 2016: 325

 users@taverna:

 Dec 2015: 2
 Jan 2016: 0
 Feb 2016: 2

 JIRA issues over last 90 days:

 50 created
 32 resolved

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Good buzz around release preparation, release candidate currently
 under vote.

Date of last release:

 2015-08-11 taverna-language-0.15.0-incubating

 (new release currently under vote)

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2015-12-04

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [X](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [X](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [X](taverna) Marlon Pierce
 [ ](taverna) Dan Debrunner

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy:: It would be good to have a second active mentor in addition to Dan.
 Chris: I have to retire as a Taverna mentor. That said - what's stopping
 Taverna from being ready to graduate? If it's just mentor activity then
 consider graduating. The community looks active, looks like it's releasing,
 looks like involved in GSoC, etc.

16 Dec 2015

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Community growth
 2. Release more of the imported code to create engagement
 3. Move to a sustainable development pattern

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?

 Vote on new committer. Passed by Apache Taverna, needs acceptance by IPMC.
 Mailing list activity Sep/Oct/Nov
   - dev 33/9/31
   - users 2/5/4
   - commits 50/103/16

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Fixed build problem in command-line package
 https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TAVERNA-874

Date of last release:

 2015-08-11 taverna-language-0.15.0-incubating

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 n/a

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy Seaborne (andy):

   Dev discussions have slowed right down this quarter.  Developer
   effort was strong for GSoC but there is now a minimum with no
   prospect of a change until Jan/Feb next year. A worry I have
   is that this was not communicated until considerable prompting
   applied.

   There are only 2 active mentors.

 Marlon Pierce (mpierce):

   +1 for Andy's comments. After a very promising summer, the project has
   come to a halt.  Despite mentor prompting, the project did not take the
   opportunity to grow its community from active GSOC participants.

 John D. Ament (johndament):

   Reading through the report, it seems that there may be some issues to be
   raised up.

16 Sep 2015

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Motivate community engagement
 2. Community growth
 3. Continued release planning

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

 Thank you to GSOC and three very successful students!

How has the community developed since the last report?

 New contributor of documentation.

 3 GSOC projects completed, all contributions merged.

 Mailing list activity for Jun/Jul/Aug 2015:

 - dev@taverna:  392/336/194
 - users@taverna: 7/14/11
 - commits@taverna: 338/367/211

How has the project developed since the last report?

 First Apache release: taverna-language-0.15.0-incubating.
 Documented release procedure and ironed out LICENSE/NOTICE.

 Focus on documentation.

Date of last release:

 2015-08-11 taverna-language-0.15.0-incubating

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 n/a

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Marlon Pierce (mpierce):

  Nice quarter with first Apache release and 3 successful GSOC projects.

17 Jun 2015

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. First Apache release
 2. Motivate community activity
 3. Growing community

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?

3 active GSOC students.


How has the project developed since the last report?

While the GSOC projects are progressing well, this has
taken some focus away from the general progress
towards our first release.

The PPMC will focus on community engagement and
motivation and push forwards the first release
during June.


Date of last release:

 n/a

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 n/a


Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

Justin Mclean (jmclean):
  Mentors active, but slow progress towards first release (as noted on list).

18 Mar 2015

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. Growing community
 2. Finish infrastructure move
 3. First Apache release

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?

 ~110 emails on dev@taverna in 2015-02.
 Quiet on users@taverna.
 Presented Apache Taverna at lbl.gov Workflows day.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 - Taverna Software Grant received & filed 2014-02-23.
 - Git repositories moved to Apache.
 - Preparing for release - NOTICE/LICENSE handling.
 - Lots of content added on website.
 - Next: Wiki/issues to move to Apache.

Date of last release:

 XXXX-XX-XX

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy Seaborne (andy):

   The podling should move to regular reporting now the software grant is
   on-file.

18 Feb 2015

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. IP clearance
 2. Release - understand/document release process
 3. Grow community -- need to move forward from bootstrapping/IP issues

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?

 One new (potential) contributor
 One former plugin developer showing renewed interest

 There were 160 mail messages to dev@taverna.incubator.apache.org

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The Taverna name search has been approved.

 IP clearance from University of Manchester was signed 2015-02-04.

 Helped release Apache extras Beanshell 2.0b5 to allow use in Taverna

 The dev community is dealing with licensing and discussing preparation
 for the first release.  A partial website is in place and a full website
 is in-progress.

 Remaining infrastructure move includes - after IP clearance:
 * Github -> git.apache.org
 * Jira -> Jira (still discussing if this should be in bulk or manual)
 * Confluence -> Confluence
 * Web content (ongoing)

Date of last release:

 None

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy Seaborne (andy):

   Taverna remained on the monthly reporting cycle because the Software
   Grant had not been received.  If it arrives as per schedule, Taverna can
   go onto its normal reporting cycle.

 Drew Farris (drew):

   Podling is active, 2 mentors participating on the mailing lists.

21 Jan 2015

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. IP clearance to be signed by Univ of Manchester
 2. Move source code, wiki, issues to apache.org.
 3. Re-awake community after migration, prepare a release

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?

 Quiet month - dominated by migration issues.

 Involvement with students who are combining Taverna and Apache Storm.

 Email traffic December 2014:

 * dev@taverna: 50 messages
 * users@taverna: 12 messages

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The project is waiting for the Software Grant from Univ of Manchester
 Solicitor and Contracts Manager as he needed to retrieve the existing CLAs
 from archive.  He has replied (2015-01-05): "They should arrive back from
 storage this week and we can proceed with the [software grant] transfer"

 Taverna's WSDL-support modified to work with Apache Woden.

 About 45% of code base ready to be migrated (moved to slimmer git layout,
 modified to org.apache.taverna groupId and build).
 TODO: LICENSE and NOTICE plugins for Maven.

 Apache Taverna website live at
 http://taverna.incubator.apache.org/
 -- not yet migrating content from
 http://www.taverna.org.uk/ until IP clearance sorted

 Discussions around packaging / Debian

Date of last release:

 None

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None since incubation

Signed-off-by:

 [X](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [X](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [X](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Andy Seaborne (andy):

   Given the podling has not yet got the software grant on ASF file,
   through no fault of the podling, I suggest keeping reporting Taverna
   monthly.

 Justin Mclean (jmclean):

   Off to a good start, with discussions about making builds and assembling
   LICENSE and NOTICE. Mentors (very) active.

17 Dec 2014

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

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

 1. IP clearance to be signed by Univ of Manchester
 2. Move source code, wiki, issues to apache.org. Restructure git repos.
 3. Invite contributors who volunteered at October workshop

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

 Infrastructure bootstrapping takes a long time and requires a series of
 requests. E.g. Taverna incubator has been approved, but does not get a
 web-site without explicitly asking for it. Documentation for apache.org
 infrastructure assumes you are already a long-term committer.


How has the community developed since the last report?

 Transition of mailing list successful (? - can we get some numbers?).

 Most of the proposed initial committers have sorted CLAs
 https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/TavernaProposal#Initial_Committers
 and received apache.org account - see
 https://people.apache.org/committers-by-project.html#taverna

 Many of the remaining initial committers have not been active in the
 recent years. We're following up these (and others) through private
 conversations. There's been some confusion with regards to the term
 "committer" - some were scared and thought it meant they had to make
 a commitment to work on the source code!

 Not much further development - worried that dev@taverna are scared away
 by the long-dragged bootstrapping which dominates the list.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Source code is being restructured at https://github.com/taverna-incubator
 before being staged to import into git.apache.org

 Normal development continues at https://github.com/taverna/ - due to
 prepare the final 2.5.1 non-Apache release.

 Stian Soiland-Reyes was at ApacheCon in Budapest, fruitful discussions
 with mentor Andy Seaborne and Gavin McDonald from INFRA with regards to
 the transitioning of Taverna's existing source code repository, wiki and
 issue tracker (luckily git->git, confluence->confluence and jira->jira).

Date of last release:

 No release since incubation.

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 No new committers or PMC members elected since incubation.

Signed-off-by:

 [x](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [x](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [x](taverna) Marlon Pierce

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 As noted the email list just been migrated and code repo setup, but
 already show good signs of activity on the email list.  Code
 activity seems good so far although it's still on it's own github repo.

19 Nov 2014

Taverna is a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute
data-driven workflows.

Taverna has been incubating since 2014-10-20.

The podling is currently working through the bootstrap process.

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

 1. Bootstrap at ASF.
 2. Build community.
 3. Migrate large existing codebase and processes.

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?

(First report)
* Mailing lists are setup.
* Currently, getting CLAs on file and accounts created.


How has the project developed since the last report?

(First report)


Date of last release:

 None so far.

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 Initial committers.

Signed-off-by:

 [X](taverna) Andy Seaborne
 [ ](taverna) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Srinivas
 [ ](taverna) Suresh Marru
 [ ](taverna) Marlon Pierce