Thanks to everyone who attended this week's
AGM, particularly on the feedback. Here are the minutes and the slide
Board: Paul Withers, Christian Guedemann, Nathan T Freeman, Corey Davis,
Martin Rolph, Martin Donnelly, Oliver Busse, Jesse Gallagher, Fredrik Norling,
Serdar Basegmez, Peter Tanner, Justin Hill, Mikael Orn
Members: Bruce Elgort, Frank van der
Linden, Marky Roden, Devin Olson, Dave G., Padraic Edwards, John Roling,
Declan Lynch, Martin Jinoch, Doug Robinson, Pete Janzen, David Leedy, Mike
McGarel, Tony McGuckin, Brian Gleeson
called to order
- OpenNTF Board and Committee Heads
All board and guests were introduced
Site views are at 60k and although submissions have slowed, the quality
has increased. Extension Library is back on 6 week release cycle, and now
also on GitHub, with pull requests being incorporated.
OpenNTF is now using the Atlassian suite, to improve the process, more
on that later.
OpenNTF is currently sponsoring beer at user groups, to raise our profile.
That will be reviewed at the end of the year.
OpenNTF will also aim to build communities around topics, rather than starting
OpenNTF's revenue model is based solely on advertising from OpenNTF.org
and xpages.info. The revenue we get for contests from business partners
goes directly to those contests. Any smaller contest, OpenNTF tends to
Corey circulated the revenue figures for the last 12 months and forecast
for the coming 12 months.
Working Group Report
This year has been a quiet year, with no changes in IP or governance, which
Contributors up 33 from last year. About 60% are from IBM or GBS, the rest
are from smaller / independent.
GitHub has been used more and more for project repositories, which is good.
The have been no serious IP issues. Some contributors say they usually
get things right first time.
Christian advised that we are looking to build an IP group, so additional
members of that group are welcome and should be forwarded to the Board.
Committee Working Group Report
There has been lots going on this year, including a server upgrade moving
from Windows to Linux with improved resilience. Thanks to Prominic.NET
for their work.
The website is now more stable as well, despite over-eager crawling by
Bing, which caused some issues.
The Atlassian quite has been installed by Prominic.NET and existing OpenNTF
credentials can be used. All active users automatically get JIRA access.
Over the coming year OpenNTF intends to extend branding across the other
OpenNTF sites, as well as moving XSnippets to Bluemix.
Content has been updated and went live last night, but OpenNTF is committed
to keeping it fresh going forward. On that topic, we would like reviews
of projects as well, so we can do shout outs on the blog.
OpenNTF are looking to make process changes, as we're seeing more large
projects being released, more Java rather than NTFs and more expectations
now around what constitutes good practice in open source.
The first step was implementing the Atlassian Stack - Stash for source
control, JIRA for issue tracking, Bamboo for Continuous Integration, Confluence
for collaboration and documentation. OpenNTF recommends SourceTree for
developers.Part of the reason for Atlassian was that Atlassian gave OpenNTF
free licenses because we are an open source community.
Currently OpenNTF credentials for active users give access to JIRA. For
Stash, we need specific repository management, so please contact the IP
manager. Repositories are easy to have in multiple places, it's just like
Notes replication, so this should not be a difficult move. Confluence is
currently in progress. By year end we hope to have automated releases.
Documentation is due out by the middle of May.
OpenNTF is considering running a conference in 2016. This will be a global
conference, very technical and aimed at being inclusive, so not focussed
just on IBM technologies. OpenNTF are aiming at Q1 2016, as a three-day
event, with $495 ticket cost. Exact dates and location are still under
The conference will be slightly different to historic events, so a TED-style
track of shorter presentations. It will also be digitally-enabled using
a conference application that does more than just agenda tracking. OpenNTF
are looking at different sponsorship mechanisms rather than just booths.
And there will be more unconferencing, with tables for spontaneous discussions.
It would be independent of IBM, but we are aware that IBM are a major member
of and contributor to OpenNTF. We would very strongly welcome their involvement,
but are not necessarily looking to them as the major financial contributors.
The conference's target audience would be more technical and middle management
than higher managers, to try and minimise any complict with conferences
We would like feedback, on when, where, sponsorship interest, speaker interest
etc, because this would be a major financial undertaking. Please email
There was positive feedback about the idea, but strong ideas about a schedule
would be wanted as early as possible. A question was raised about speakers
going free, but no decision has been made on that at this time, it may
just be a reduced ticket.
OpenNTF are looking at new membership models and our ideas will be presented
during June 2015.
The Chairman thanked members for their support, contributions and consuming