On the campaign trail

Java Community Process Executive Committee 2012 election gets underway

Chris Mayer
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As the JCP undergoes renovation, there’s seats to be filled in this year’s election. We talked to the runners and riders.

Election
season is here once again, with candidates battling it out for the
public’s votes in order to secure a position of power.  And
no, we’re not talking about Obama and Romney, but Java’s equivalent
in the Java Community Process.

The runners and riders are all vying for seats on the JCP Executive
Committee
, the steering group who guide the direction for Java.
This year, there are four ratified candidates vying for election,
and nine candidates (representing themselves, companies or
communities) fighting it out for the two available elected
seats.

As part of the JCP’s ongoing renovation (with a new merged
Executive Committee and a push towards greater transparency high on
the JCP’s agenda), candidates running this year will only serve a
one-year term if elected and will have to stand again in 2013, in
line with the JCP 2.9 process
document
.

Voter turnout is still a concern with the JCP Executive Committee
Process. Despite having over 1,000 voters registered in October
2011,
only 23% cast their votes. With new guidelines designed
to increase transparency being introduced in 2013, the JCP will be
hoping for a greater turnout this time round.

This year, the ratified and elected candidates will appear on the
same ballot, with all ratified candidates receiving seats if they
each receive a majority of ‘yes’ votes  . There are four
proposed ratified candidates: Cinterion Wireless
Modules
(Thomas Lampart), Credit Suisse
(Susanne Cech Previtali with Victor Grazi as alternate),
Fujitsu (Hiroshi Yoshida) and HP
(Scott Jameson).

The elected section is once again fiercely fought, with nine
elected candidates battling it out for just two open seats.
The London Java Community (Ben Evans with Martijn
Verburg as alternate) are seeking re-election and looking to
continue their work, 18 months after pledging “to improve the
openness and transparency of the Java Community Process”.

Co-lead of the LJC, Martijn Verburg, told JAXenter that “the LJC
stands for active developer participation in standards, openness
and transparency, promotion of F/OSS implementations and has no
direct commercial interests in any proposed standard. We have
initiated global programmes (Adopt a JSR, Adopt OpenJDK) directly
involving developers in standards, improving them for the entire
ecosystem.”

Interestingly, another Java user group have thrown their hat into
the ring this time round – MoroccoJUG. Inspired by
the LJC and SouJava, the User Group are keen to help represent “the
African and Arabic Java Community in order to improve their picture
and prove that those communities are also contributing to the Java
ecosystem and not only consuming the Java technology.”

Badr Elhouari of MoroccoJUG told JAXenter: “The most important
[thing is] to see the LJC reelected, since they have done a great
job and they deserve to continue their efforts and good
presentation of JUGs. MoroccoJUG want just to enforce this
presentation and help to make the voice of African and Arabic
community inside JCP”.

Also standing are the company behind the JRebel tool,
ZeroTurnaround, in what they call “an
experiment.”

CEO Jevgeni Kabanov stated that ZeroTurnaround were running for the
JCP seat to find out how much they can “impact the standard
organisation to be friendlier to small companies and to be able to
attract the heart and minds of the next generation.”

North Sixty-One, who lead 14 Java ME JSRs (and then license related
Technology Compatibility Kits), told us that they want to help
bridge “the gap between Java ME and Java SE/EE” with the merger
looming. CEO Kimmo Löytänä added that North Sixty-One wanted to
“promote open, transparent and open source implementation friendly
environment in the Java Community Process.”

Liferay, the open source portal specialists, are
running for the second year in a row, having come second to the LJC
in last year’s election. Software engineer Neil Griffin is their
representative and he told us that he was “honoured” to be part of
the Java community for so long.

He continued: “Liferay’s participation on multiple JSR Expert
Groups has provided us with insights into the positive and negative
aspects of the processes whereby JCP standards are currently
formulated. Our desire is to bring these experiences and the
lessons we are learning within the Liferay community to the JCP to
strengthen open and transparent processes and to support Java’s
continued worldwide adoption.”

Other candidates looking for election include platform-as-a-service
vendor CloudBees (Steven Harris), networking
device vendor Cisco Systems (Michael Enescu),
independent candidate Giuseppe Dell’abate and
enterprise solution vendor Software AG. (We
attempted to contact these candidates for statements, but not all
replied by our deadline.)

Further information on all those looking for election to the JCP
Executive Committee, be sure to check out the
Nominations page
, featuring statements from most candidates on
why they should be elected by the community. If you’re registered
to vote in the JCP elections, remember to cast your vote by Monday
29th October.

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