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Developers Meeting on Weds, May 25, 2011


  • GSoC has begun!
    • GSoC's Weekly Update meeting immediately after this meeting (21:00 UTC)
    • GSoC 2011 Accepted Projects
    • Anyone interested in getting more frequent updates or providing feedback to GSoC Project, please join our mailing list:
      • duraspace-gsoc : Public list (anyone can join), but mostly for Mentor & Student discussions, public feedback, cross-project collaboration opportunities, etc.
  • Topic Suggestions for OR11 Developer Meeting?
    • Rough Outline:
      • Introductions & Overview of day
      • Brainstorming exercise (TBA)
      • Discussion & Final Decision on whether we want to change our version numbering scheme (i.e. Do we want to continue with incrementing version numbers or move to something else?)
      • Brief updates on current work:
        • 1.8.0 Updates & Discussion
        • GSoC Updates & Discussion
        • DCAT + Committers interactions
      • "UnConference" style discussions? (Or would we rather have the below topic discussions scheduled out more formally?)
      • Some topics worth discussing / making decisions on:
        • Creating a Common Business Logic Tier
        • Metadata Support
        • Modularization activities & Async discussions
        • Documentation Management Team & ongoing Documentation mgmt in general
        • Anything "annoyingly obsolete" (technology wise) we really need to address soon?
        • REST API or other projects that may need "one last push" for official release.
      • Summarizing & Bringing it all together: What do we see as our Technology RoadMap/Goals for next few years?

General Reminders

  • GSoC General Reminders:
    • New GSoC Mailing Lists this year (shared with Fedora & DuraCloud):
      • duraspace-gsoc : Public list (anyone can join), but mostly for Mentor & Student discussions, public feedback, cross-project collaboration opportunities, etc.
      • duraspace-gsoc-mentors : Private List (Mentors/Admins only) for GSoC administrative purposes only
    • Important Dates (full timeline)
      • May 24: GSoC Begins
      • August 22: GSoC Ends
  • OR11 Reminder: OR11 DSpace Developers Meeting Info at DevMtg 2011-06-06 - OR11 Meeting
    • Please Sign up if you are planning to attend!

Topics in the Waiting...

  • Topics which are still on the "back burner" (which need someone to lead a "Special Topic" meeting around them)
    • Do we want to schedule a meeting to go over proposed Modularization / Refactoring work in near future?
    • Discuss improving how DSpace handles Metadata (From past meetings discussions, this seems popular). Several ideas mentioned recently:
      • Updating to current DCMI standards: DS-805
      • Creating a new "dspace" internal usage schema (for administrative, or non-DC metadata)? Formalize the "dc" schema to be strictly valid QDC/DC?
      • Metadata on all DSpace objects (not just Items)
    • Discuss forming a "Documentation Management Team"? Or reworking our procedures for managing/reviewing/approving Docs on the Wiki.
      • UPDATE: Jeff Trimble will lead a discussion on this in April or May. Still working on date.
    • More discussion of Proposed RoadMap to 2.0 before OR11
      • In meantime, feel free to forward thoughts on to Tim or everyone (via dspace-devel or dspace-commit).
    • Followup on some Async Discussions (both from last week and from recent email threads):
      • Tim & Mark D had a discussion about potentially reorganizing the SVN "Modules" area into more specific "groupings", to make it more clear which modules/projects are "supported" and which may be experimental, etc. Would like to consider possibly reorganizing into these general 'groupings':
        1. "Sandbox" - all modules which are still experimental (or very outdated?) should likely move to existing SVN Sandbox area
        2. "Core Modules" (may need a better name) - These are fully supported modules which actually are released as part of out-of-the-box DSpace.
        3. "Extension Modules" (may need a better name) - These are modules which should be considered "more stable" than those in Sandbox. But, they are not released as part of out-of-the-box DSpace (rather they can be installed separately as "addons" or "extensions" to DSpace).
      • The idea would be that "Sandbox" and "Extensions" areas are open to any/all developers to take part in development. But that the "Core" area is likely managed more like current SVN TRUNK (where you need to be a "Committer" or "Highly Trusted Developer" to commit code there).

Meeting Notes

JIRA Review, 1.7.2 Updates, GSoC Updates, OR11 face-to-face planning, GSoC Student Update Meeting

Meeting Transcript

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