|Friday, January 07, 2011: The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers of nearly 150 open source projects and initiatives, recently announced that Apache OODT (Object-Oriented Data Technology) has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project’s community and products have been well-governed under the ASF’s consensus-driven process and principles.
Apache OODT is “middleware for metadata” (and vice versa), used for computer processing workflow, hardware and file management, information integration, and linking databases. The OODT architecture allows distributed computing and data resources to be searchable and utilised by any end user.
“OODT had been successfully operating within the JPL for years; the time had come to realise the benefits of open source in the broader, external community,” said Chris Mattmann, vice president of Apache OODT. “Bringing new developer talents is integral in enhancing the quality of the OODT code, and making OODT available as an Apache project was an ideal way to introduce new features and capabilities.”
OODT is the first NASA-developed software package to become an ASF TLP (OODT was submitted to the Apache Incubator in January 2010). Projects incubating at the ASF benefit from hands-on mentoring from other Apache contributors, as well as the Foundation’s process, stewardship, outreach, support and community events.
All Apache products are released under the Apache Software Licence v2.0, and are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. Upon a Project’s maturity to a TLP, a Project Mangement Committee (PMC) is formed to guide its day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases.
“We are working on improvements to our initial, v0.1 Apache release,” added Mattmann. “Our dozen-strong team of contributors are developing new components to more reliably and accurately extract metadata from science datasets.”
Apache OODT downloads, documentation, and related resources are available at http://oodt.apache.org/.