Juggling several speaking engagements coming up, I’m reminded of how hard the job of conference organizers is. Having helped to run ApacheCon as part of a volunteer team for years, I know how difficult it is to select talks, wrangle speaker acceptances (and rejections), and ensure your final conference schedule is appealing. Updating the clunky CFP system and keeping the finicky schedule website updated are two problems that software hasn’t solved yet.
Equally important is how the conference acceptance & organization process works from the speaker’s side. Remember? Those people who make all the content your conference relies on? All those people who you love and appreciate – not that you pay them anything – and who you’ll do anything to fix last-minute problems for? While we can’t prevent all the last minute problems, there are a few simple steps to improve the speaker communication process to help prevent problems.
Continue reading Dear Conference Organizers: Improving The Speaker Experience
Website Brand Review of Apache Hadoop
We’ve all heard of Apache® Hadoop® – well, at least heard of Hadoop, and by now you should realize it’s an Apache project! But when was the last time you took a critical eye to the actual Apache Hadoop project’s homepage?.
Here’s my quick review of the Apache Hadoop project, told purely from the point of view of a new user finding the project website.
What Is Apache Hadoop?
“Apache Hadoop (is) a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models”
“Hadoop is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.”
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There’s a huge amount of volunteer energy that flows around Apache’s Annual Member Meeting every year. Old members and new alike come together and brainstorm all sorts of new ideas, both organizational and technical – and we have plenty of online… discussions, let us say. There is an amazing amount of energy from a lot of very smart people, and when we focus this energy, we make real improvements to the Foundation and sometimes in some of our projects.
As we’ve grown, keeping a full shared understanding of all the details of membership and corporate operations has become much harder. We have some documentation, but we also still have a lot of tribal knowledge and decisions hidden in our mailing list archives. To understand the same things, we need to be able to see what rules or policies we’ve actually decided on – or at least written down.
So here is an overview of all the different roles that people can have with the ASF as either a Foundation or with specific Apache projects. In particular, I’m focusing on the specific agreements we make with individuals, or the explicitly posted policies that we expect people to abide by. For more information on how Apache works, see /dev, /governance, and Community.
Continue reading Who’s Who at Apache: Roles and Responsibilities
The ASF is holding it’s annual Member’s Meeting this week to elect a new board and a number of new Members to the ASF. I’m honored to have been nominated to stand for the board election, and I’m continuing my tradition of publicly posting my vision for Apache each year.
We are lucky to have both a large involved membership, as well as another excellent slate of candidates including a couple of great new faces. No matter how Apache STeVe ends up computing the results, Apache will have a great board for the year to come.
Please read on for my take on what’s important for the ASF’s future…
Continue reading Shane’s Apache Director Position Statement, 2016
Our annual Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon:Core events were held recently at the lovely Corinthia Hotel Budapest, and the content and attendees were amazing. The weather was great too, and sightseeing and shopping in Budapest were lovely. Attendance was still good even in the face of time-competing software conferences and the local refugee crisis happening in the region.
While they were booked as separate events, many people stayed for the whole week. Going forward, we will likely have a single event, but be even clearer with the strength of content in specific track days. The broad array of very deep and well-received technical content in the big data space was truly impressive; Apache has over a dozen big data related projects and probably 20 more incoming Incubator podlings, so we certainly have the space covered!
Continue reading ApacheCon Big Data/Core News Wrapup
The ASF recently held it’s Annual Member’s Meeting where all Members of the Foundation cast ballots in the annual election for the Board. We are lucky to have had a number of excellent candidates for the board as always.
The new board comprises:
- Rich Bowen
- Shane Curcuru
- Bertrand Delacretaz
- Jim Jagielski
- Chris Mattmann
- David Nalley
- Brett Porter (chairman)
- Sam Ruby
- Greg Stein
I also keep a graphical history of the ASF board. The graphic there is a great way to see the slow but steady progress of electing new faces to the board over time. Thanks to all the active Members who voted in the elections!
As the ASF grows in projects, communities, and Members, we’re looking forward to continuing to support our now 165+ top level Apache projects going forward!
Note that a number of new Apache Member nominees were also elected; however we don’t share their names until they’ve all been contacted and have accepted the invitation. Stay tuned in a month for that announcement from @TheASF.
The ASF is holding it’s annual Member’s Meeting this week to elect a new board and a number of new Members to the ASF. I’m honored to have been nominated to stand for the board election, and I’m continuing my tradition of publicly posting my vision for Apache.
We are lucky to have a large roster of excellent director candidates, so no matter how the election turns out we’ll have a stellar board. Given the wide variety of opinions in our candidates, I urge all Apache members to set aside the time this week to carefully consider all the board candidates, as well as all the great new Member nominees. Please vote – and if you’re not free this week, be sure to assign your proxy for the meeting attendance: I and several other Members are happy to proxy for you.
Please read on for my take on what’s important for the ASF’s future…
Continue reading Shane’s Apache Director Position Statement 2015
How much do you know about the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and the many Apache projects we host? Did you know we’re holding our annual Members meeting to elect our board of directors and new Members in just a few days?
I’m often surprised by the variety of basic questions and misunderstandings I hear in the software world about how the ASF really works. We’ve written plenty of documentation about the Apache Way and our governance, but let’s try a different approach. I’d like to interview myself to try to explain some things. Continue reading How Apache *really* works
Open source has come a long way in the past 30 years and is entering the consciousness of most modern cultures. When thinking of open source projects, people categorize them several ways: governance structure, type of product platform, programming language, utility, technical details (language written in), industry sponsored or fully independent, and more.
But what truly defines any open source project, making it a unique entity different from all other open source projects? I would propose that there are three key elements of any open source project that frame, define, and differentiate that project from all others: the code, the community, and the brand.
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The contributors behind the awesome Groovy project are looking for a new home. It’s bad news that the project and some of its core contributors will no longer be sponsored (paid for) by Pivotal, but it’s great that the core contributors are organized and serious about moving their project to an existing Foundation.
As a long time Apache Member (among other things), I have a few suggestions for the Groovy community.
Continue reading It’s Groovy to join a Foundation