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This is a landing page for the Technology Project.

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What does the Technology Project Management Committee (PMC) Do?

We don't do any regular calls. Most of our interaction is through the technology-pmc mailing list as this provides a totally open transparent record of our interactions. We schedule calls only on an as-needed basis to discuss topics that are either too difficult or too sensitive to discuss via email. The minutes for all calls are posted on the website. We only schedule face-to-face meetings when it is convenient for all members (i.e. no extra travel).

Approve Intellectual Property (IP) Contribution Questionnaires (CQ)

When projects take contributions and make use of third-party libraries, they are required to enter a CQ. A CQ will not be processed by the IP team until it has been approved by the PMC. When we are informed of a new CQ (via email), we do the following:

  • An initial license check
  • Check that code provided by an Eclipse committer conforms to the Eclipse IP Policy (the short version of the guidelines for developers is helpful in this regard).
  • Try to reduce bloat, challenge the submitter to use alternative similar technology already available.

Approve New Committers

When a project's committer election has completed, we give the final approval.

Find New Projects

We identify new project opportunities and invite interesting work to become Eclipse Technology Projects.

Help New Projects with their Proposals

All new Eclipse projects start with a proposal. We guide new projects get through the proposal process by (a) helping them assemble the proposal document, and (b) attend the creation review call with them. As part of assembling the proposal document, we will aid a new project in identifying Architecture Council mentors and "Interested Parties".

Help Projects Develop a Community

Most of the work here falls more into the category of "teaching a committer to fish". We don't develop the community for a project, we encourage the project to do the sorts of things that need to be done to develop a community. We will blog or deliver presentations about a project when an opportunity presents itself.

Review Projects on an Ongoing Basis

We periodically review projects to ensure that they're doing the right sorts of things to progress. We ensure, for example, that projects are making reasonable effort to develop community. We ensure that they're following the Eclipse IP Policy. Project Reviews are documented.

Help Technology Projects to Stop being Technology Projects

Some Technology projects just go on forever. And this fine for projects of a research nature. However, over time, projects will mature and a more appropriate permanent home may need to be identified (e.g. a different top-level project). Alternatively, some projects run their course and reach a natural end. We help these projects terminate as gracefully as possible.

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