Phase 3 in motion

JCP Executive Committees will merge into one

AnnaKent
JCP-EC

Revealed in an Oracle blog post last week, the 2012 elections will be the start of some big changes for the EC

In an
Oracle blog post last week, it was announced that
the two JCP Executive Committees will merge into
one.

Last year,
the Process to change the Process was
explained which highlighted the first of the three planned JSRs to
modify the way the JCP operates, which was completed in October
2011. It focused primarily on changes to make process more
transparent and to enable broader participation.
 

The second JSR
was inspired by the conviction that “Java is One Platform and by
our expectation that Java ME and Java SE will become more aligned
over time. In anticipation of this change JSR 3.55 JCP
Executive Committee Merge
 will merge the two Executive
Committees into one.”

According to
the blog post, a consensus has been reached within the EC, “which
serve as the Expert Group for process-change JSRs”. The Expert
Group have decided that they will reduce the total number of EC
seats but keep the same ratio (2:1) of ratified and elected
seats.

In order to
achieve this, the usual October 2012 elections will still take
place but the candidates will only be able to serve a one-year term
if elected. “The two ECs will be merged immediately after this
election: at the same time, Oracle’s second permanent seat and one
of IBM’s two ratified seats will be eliminated.” This means that
the initial merge will have only 30 members.

Next year is
where it really gets interesting with 2013’s elections eliminating
three more ratified seats and two elected seats, with all remaining
seats up for re-election. A further explanation of these changes
can be found in the revised versions of
the 
Process and EC Standing Rules documents that are
currently
 
posted for Early Draft
Review
.

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