May 2014 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - May 2014 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

The pressure is on to improve OW2's sustainability, We may make some changes but we remain convinced that not everything needs to change. OW2 has a role to play because the open source ecosystem as a whole is structured by non-profit organizations. Consider open source projects. They are generally developed by teams with limited market power. When they are not supported by loosely-tied communities of individual programmers, they may be supported by development teams within large organizations (R&D teams, not business units!) or by start-ups that are but SMEs. Even the leader in the open source market cannot be compared with giant proprietary software vendors. If open source software has achieved the market status it now enjoys, it is to a large extent thanks to the non-profit organizations that have contributed to build its critical mass. The Linux, Apache, Eclipse and OpenStack foundations in North America and the OW2 consortium in Europe are the leading indepoendent organizations that give some direction to the open source ecosystem.

I am pleased to announce the date of our next annual conference: OW2con'14 is scheduled November 4-6. We have published the topics for the programming contest; participants have until May 31 to register. I'd like to remind you of the OW2 Webinars our new service to help promote OW2 projects.

At the time of publishing this newsletter there are only a few hours left to vote for the Individual Members representative -- online vote closes today, May 6 at 11:30pm CET.  We will announce the results the next day and the new board members will be listed here; they will elect their chairperson on May 23. Talking about elections, the European elections will take place this month and it is the right time to ask your candidates to sign the Free Software Pact.

As usual, thank you for your on-going support,

Cedric Thomas

PS: Project leaders: Do not forget to use the OW2 Forge to tell everybody about your project updates. News will appear on the OW2 forge, our home page and in this newsletter

>Project News

>Project Updates

 21 Apr 14: ASM 5.0.2 released (Posted by: ebruneton)
 15 Apr 14: XWiki 6.0 Release Candidate 1 Released (Posted by: tmortagne)
 12 Apr 14: SpagoBI 4.2 now available ! (Posted by: cazzin)
 10 Apr 14: XWiki 5.4.4 Released (Posted by: gdelhumeau)
 07 Apr 14: Telosys Tools 2.1.0 is ready (Posted by: lguerin)
 02 Apr 14: XWiki 6.0 Milestone 2 Released (Posted by: tmortagne)

>Community News

Vote now for 2014 Board of Directors

The 2014 election of the Board of Directors will close soon. Please vote by May 6, 11:30 CET. Results will be announced shortly after. More.

OW2 Webinars

Three OW2 Webinars are scheduled for May: erOCCI, DocDoku and CLIF projects. Check your agenda and register online to share these e-learning opportunities. Way too busy this month? Watch the replay of OW2 Webinars. More.

New RISCOSS Website and RISCOSS White Paper

Understand the RISCOSS methodology and discover the architecture of the RISCOSS Decision Support Platform. Read the new white paper, one of the latest additions to the entirely redesigned RISCOSS website. More.

European Open Cloud Collaboration Workshop, May 15, Brussels

Twelve FP7 cloud projects will take part in this hands-on workshop, organized by OCEAN. The projects will implement OCEAN Active Collaboration Methodology to deliver tangible synergies with other open cloud projects. More.

EU-Japan Workshop on Cloud and IoT, May 16, Brussels

OW2 is involved in this event, jointly organised by the Sucre, OCEAN and ClouT projects, to find joint opportunities between the EU and Japan on open and interoperable clouds and IoT. Registration is now open and free of charge. More.

dotScale, May 19, Paris

OW2 is community partner of the dotScale 2014 conference. A special 15% discounted rate is granted to OW2 members, for both the conference tickets and the sponsorship opportunities. More.

Solutions Linux, May 20-21, Paris

This year again OW2 will be at Solutions Linux. We will share booth #D21 and a conference session on May 20 with the RISCOSS project and OW2 Corporate Members Engineering Group, ActiveEon and Axelor. More.

OW2 Programming Contest

The deadline for registration is May 31, 2014. Check out the topics here. And note the deadline for code submission is August 31, 2014. The award conference will be held in China in October; the location has yet to be decided. More.

Cloud Computing World Expo, April 9-10, Paris

A special thanks to all of those who visited the OW2 booth and the 126 professional attendees and 16 international speakers who took part in the Open Cloud Forum organized by OW2. Check out the event photos online. More.

Free Software Pact for the European Elections

Not long now until the European elections. Ask your candidates to sign the Free Software Pact is a straightforward  document intended for candidates to commit to advocate for the development and use of Free Software. More.

Election and Board of Directors

The result of the election and the composition of the new Board of Directors will be announced on May 7. The first meeting of the new board will be held on May 23 in China and via conference call and will elect the new chairperson. More..


OSCON, Portland, USA, July 20-24

OW2 is looking into the opportunity to of exhibit once again at OSCON in the .org (not-for-profit) area to promote our community and projects. OW2's participation will be confirmed soon.

OW2Con'14, Paris, November 4-6

The 2014 OW2 Annual Conference, November 4-6, will be organized along with the next OpenStack Summit in Paris. Save the date!