OpenNTF Elections

Paul Withers | 2 weeks ago | Comments
It is that time of year again when we elect new Board members to OpenNTF.

If you are interested in running as an OpenNTF Board member, please send me an email ( along with a "Candidate Statement" which will be sent to the voters.

There are four Member Director positions open, as well as three Contributor Director positions.  

The Directors representing OpenNTF Members (i.e. companies) are elected for two years. The terms of four of these directors expire this October, and the terms of the other five expire in 2016.  Members whose terms expire this year may, of course, run again for another two year term.

Member Directors whose terms expire Oct 13, 2015:
Corey Davis
Nathan Freeman
Mikael Orn
Paul WIthers

Member Directors whose terms expire Oct 13, 2016
Serdar Basegmez
Jesse Gallagher

Christian Guedemann
Martin Rolph

Justin Hill

Contributor Directors' terms are for one year only. There are three Contributor Directors, whose terms expire Oct 13, 2015:
Oliver Busse

Martin Donnelly

Fredrick Norling

Nominations close September 18th
Circulation of Candidate Statements from September 18-25
Voting from September 28 to Oct 2

Winners take office on October 13.

Posted on behalf of Peter Tanner

XPages Extension Library ... now with Bluemix

Martin Donnelly | 1 month ago | Comments
Although this is the thirteenth release of the XPages Extension Library release for Notes/Domino 9.0.1, and I am composing this release blog entry on the July 13th, the superstitious amongst you would do well to set aside any nagging anxieties and install this latest version right away. Why? Because it's got exciting new content that will enable you to develop Domino applications in the cloud! This Extension Library release goes out in parallel with the public unveiling of the XPages runtime and IBM XPages NoSQL Database service on Bluemix - see - so now you not only have a premier cloud platform to develop on, but all the tools with which to do it ... what's not to like ?

Once you have installed the Extension Library into Domino Designer you will notice a new Bluemix entry under the Domino Designer preference page. This will enable you to connect to Bluemix and integrate applications with your cloud development space. Exploring further, you will find new wizards under the Tools menu to help you pull and push your apps over and back to Bluemix, and there is also a new editor that will enable you to optimally configure your Domino Bluemix development environment. And that's just the tooling! In the XPages runtime you will find a new bluemixContext class amongst the set of standard global objects. This class is your new best friend as it gives you granular control over your application behaviour at runtime, helps you manage your bound services, enables you to build a single app that will run both on-cloud and on-premises, and so forth. So... lots to see and do here, and more detail is available in the readme file included in this release.

Outside of Bluemix you have enhancements to our Bootstrap-based responsive design offering, which continues to steadily evolve after its initial release last November (901v00_10.20141105-0922). Fixes are also included for issues reported with respect to DAS (REST services) and the XPages iNotes calendar control.

Your feedback on all the content included in this release is, as always, very important. Be aware that the XPages runtime, service and boilerplate on Bluemix are all experimental at this stage. Among other things an experimental offering means it is intended for prototyping and testing only, and not for production applications. Questions and answers can be posed and fielded here on OpenNTF, or on StackOverflow and IBM developerWorks... and we look forward to working with you to improve this offering as the year progresses.

Yours Bluely,
Martin Donnelly

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Minutes from AGM 2015

Paul Withers | 4 months ago | Comments
Thanks to everyone who attended this week's AGM, particularly on the feedback. Here are the minutes and the slide deck.

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

1.        Meeting called to order

2.        Introductions - OpenNTF Board and Committee Heads
All board and guests were introduced

3.        Chairman's Report
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 from code.

4.        Financial Report
OpenNTF's revenue model is based solely on advertising from and The revenue we get for contests from business partners goes directly to those contests. Any smaller contest, OpenNTF tends to pay ourselves.

Corey circulated the revenue figures for the last 12 months and forecast for the coming 12 months.

5.        IP Working Group Report
This year has been a quiet year, with no changes in IP or governance, which is good.

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.

6.        Technical 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.

7.        Process Report
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.

8.        OpenNTF Conference
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 consideration.

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 like Impact.

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.

9.        Open Discussion
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 of projects.