OpenNTF Alliance Steering Committee
Meeting Minutes: June 8, 2009
Conference Call

Members: Vince Schuurman (Chairman), Bruce Elgort, Nathan Freeman, Ludwig Nastansky, Justin Hill, John Head, Rob Novack, Brent Peters, Scott Johnsen

Others Present: Peter Tanner, Niklas Heidloff, Steve Castledine

Meeting called to order at 10:00 am ET by Vince Schuurman
Last month’s meeting minutes were approved after modification (“IT Working Group” changed to “IP Working Group”)

IP Working Group Update by John Head, Peter Tanner
The group will initially cover 4 topics:
  • 1. Copyright law education
  • 2. Review the Alliance and the Employee Copyright process documents
  • 3. The project workflow on the site and provide recommendations to steering committee
  • 4. Licensing

  • - IP Working Group Meeting originally scheduled for June 5 has been rescheduled for Friday, June 12 at 11:00 ET.

    - First order of business is the country of origin must be declared. Although this is open for discussion, the United Kingdom and the United States are the most likely choices. The Country of record for the OpenNTF Alliance will likely be the same as the copyright law of record. Recommendations will be presented to the Steering Committee for the first 3 points above at the June 18 meeting.

    - Recommendations for licensing will follow sometime after that

    - Resolved to change the current IP language on to allow Contributors to post as long as they assert that they have permission from their employer. This was the current intent of the policy, so this change will make the policy more accurate and consistent across policies.

    - Resolved to allow at least 2 non-IBM projects posted to the repository prior to finalizing the licensing.

    Nathan wants to encourage all the members of the Steering Committee to get involved in the Forum discussions. Everyone should have some comments representing their perspectives on these issues.

    Technical Committee Update by Niklas Heidloff & Steve Castledine

    - Discussion about a variety of technical tasks and the breakdown of those tasks. Niklas and Steve are looking for more help to move these tasks forward.

    - IBM is considering open sourcing the discussion template, which would allow the community to extend it. IBM could then take the extensions back into the product.
    Question about why IBM wouldn’t allow all standard templates to be open source.
    Answer revolved around how the discussion template could be a model for future templates including the mail template. IBM has not yet committed to this.

    - Suggestion for the Strategy group to recommend a Development contest in an effort to make N/D app dev and OpenNTF attractive to new developers. Perhaps some prizes for Lotusphere tickets, expenses, etc.

    - Would like to find ways to kick off new projects to encourage more participation. Needs more discussion as part of the Strategy Working Group.

    Meeting adjourned at 11:00 am ET
    Minutes submitted by Scott Johnsen
    Next meeting: June 18, 2009

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