On the campaign trail

Java Community Process Executive Committee 2012 election gets underway

Chris Mayer

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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