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[] Proposal to establish the OSGi Working Group


A proposal has been made to establish the OSGi Working Group [1].

The aim of the working group is to drive the evolution and broad adoption of software technologies derived from or related to the OSGi Specification Project.  The OSGi Specification Project is an open source initiative to create software specifications, implementations of those specifications and Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs) for those specifications that enable development, deployment and management of embedded, server-side and cloud-native applications.  The OSGi Specification Project is based on Specifications, Reference Implementations and Compliance Tests of the former OSGi Alliance and uses these materials as the baseline for creating new specifications, implementations and TCK’s, or revising existing OSGi Alliance specifications, reference implementations and compliance tests.

The working group will:
·        Provide vendor neutral services to the OSGi ecosystem. 
·       Leverage the Eclipse Foundation Specification Process to formalize the specifications that are defined within the scope of this working group.
·       Define compatibility rules and a compatibility and branding process for implementations of these specifications to ensure application portability.
·       Leverage Eclipse Foundation licensing and intellectual property flows that encourage community participation, protect community members, and encourage usage.
·       Manage the overall technical and business strategies for the OSGi Working Group and related projects.
·       Establish and drive a funding model that enables this working group and its community to operate on a sustainable basis. 
·       Promote the OSGI brand and its value in the marketplace.

The proposed charter [1] for this working group is available for review.   If you have any comments or feedback on the proposed charter, please send them to the working group mailing list [2].  All Members of the Eclipse Foundation are invited to join and participate in this working group. If you are interested, please send an email to the mailing list [2].  Based on the feedback and level of interest, the working group will be officially created within the next few weeks.

Please feel free to contact me directly, or the mailing list, if you have any questions.



Paul White
VP, Member Services | Eclipse Foundation, Inc.

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