In our last blog, we took a high-level look at the Guiding Principles of ODPi. Now, we will take a deeper look at how to participate and ODPi governance. Over the last several months there has been a significant amount of involvement from the entire community—from all different types of entities of all different sizes to create our governance rules. Working together to create the non-profit entity, bylaws, operating procedures, community roles, processes, ODPi specification, planned certifications, and overall governance has been an extremely collaborative effort, and today we are proud to announce that the entity itself is now formed. ODPi is made of up three groups working together to deliver the open ecosystem of big data:
- The ODPi Development Community
- The ODPi Member Companies
- The ODPi Board of Directors
The role of developers in the ODPi Developers play a crucial part in the ODPi, producing the ODPi Core that helps the industry leverage the full power of open source innovation for Big Data in the enterprise. Governed following Apache Software Foundation practices, the ODPi Developer Community consists of a team of cross-industry technical experts including individual and member company developers. Anyone can participate in this open community, with all working toward the common goal to build and release the ODPi Core and related artifacts such as its roadmap and planned certification programs and processes. Members of the ODPi Developer Community can play several roles.
- Contributors participate in ODPi work via mailing lists and pull requests. Anyone can become a contributor, with no selection process or expectation of ongoing involvement. This is a great way for community members of all skill levels to participate in concrete ways.
- ODPi Maintainers are committers on ODPi projects. Added by consensus of existing ODPi Maintainers, similar to the process of becoming a committer in ASF.
- The Technical Steering Council (TSC) are the elected leaders of the development community. The seven members of this highly technical group manage the creation of the OPDi core using an open and transparent process to make decisions .
- The Release Team is responsible for helping define ODPi Release content. Elected from the TSC, membership community and board of directors, the Release Team helps determine project release content and drafts the release recommendation.
The ODPi Developer Community is a vibrant hub of open source expertise and innovation driving real business value throughout the industry. Join in our work and participate in the development efforts at the heart of Big Data in the enterprise. To learn more, please visit the ODPi Core section of the ODPi.org website. The role of the board of directors in the ODPi The ODPi is financed by its members. It is essentially a bootstrapped startup. Gold and Platinum members contribute higher amounts of capital for the benefit of a board seat. However we were extremely careful to ensure that board power and decisions were limited to spending that capital. The board is responsible for operations and legal aspects of running the non-profit company. They do not dictate ODPi Core, software versions, development models, certification rules, or technical decisions. Instead, the Board defines the foundation’s bylaws, structure and mechanics; selects its CEO and other key business leaders; oversees its budget resources; and builds and protects its brand. By providing an essential layer of business management and ensuring the unity of the community, the Board creates a productive context for the technical work done by the ODPi. To learn more, please visit the Governance section of the ODPi.org website. The role of members in the ODPi ODPi Member Companies provide diverse representation from the broad Big Data ecosystem. Acting on behalf of end users, ISVs, SIs, distribution vendors, hardware vendors and others throughout the community, our diversity helps ensure the greatest possible base of enterprise requirements and real-world experience to guide and inform the development of the ODPi Core. Drawing on this knowledge, Member Companies join in an open forum to define Big Data requirements, participate directly in the identification ODPi core projects, and provide crucial insight on what can truly be considered enterprise-grade. All members have an equal vote on ODPi Core decisions, regardless of investment level, ensuring equality among all participants and an industry-wide consolidation of enterprise requirements. Any organization is welcome to join the ODPi, with company memberships starting at $1,000 we invite you to join us to enable the industry to focus on the business value promised by Big Data through common standards. For more information, please visit the membership section of the ODPi.org website.