Development Resources/Contribution Questionnaire
Many contributions to a project must be checked by the Eclipse Intellectual Property (IP) Team prior to their inclusion by an Eclipse Project, or distribution from an eclipse.org property. Contribution questionnaires (CQ) are the main interface between the Eclipse community and the Eclipse IP Team.
Contributions that require the completion of a CQ are identified by the Eclipse IP Due Diligence Process. Committers should be familiar with this document.
The term "contribution questionnaire" has become synonymous with the notion of a record that tracks the ongoing inclusion of IP in a project. That is, the "questionnaire" part is only the initial aspect, and individual CQs persist indefinitely.
All new projects are required to make an initial contribution before any code can be committed into an eclipse.org version control system (VCS). The Eclipse IP Team will review your initial contribution and tell you (via comments on the CQ) when you can commit the contribution into your project's VCS.
Note that the Eclipse IP Team cannot validate the history initial contribution; the initial contribution must be provided in the form of a snapshot of the project code and must be committed as it is reviewed (i.e. old history must, unfortunately, be left behind).
Third Party Libraries
As a general rule, projects require a CQ for every third-party library