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Category: Governance

Join The OpenStack Foundation

We’re excited to announce that we’ve reached a huge milestone in the process to establish the OpenStack Foundation.  Individual Members can now join and begin making important contributions like nominating board members: http://openstack.org/join  (It’s free!)

Thanks to the hard work of the drafting committee (led by the amazing Alice King), we now have a complete set of legal documents. Our Bylaws, with appendices, and Member agreements are now posted online on http://www.openstack.org/legal/.

As a community we’ve really pulled together, made some tough decisions, and I couldn’t be prouder of the result.  It’s hard to believe, but OpenStack just started 2 years ago (with the first release of software, the “Austin” release, in October 2010).  OpenStack seems to have struck a chord, and I think the core values of our community have everything to do with it.  We’ve taken great care to preserve and promote those core values.  Everyone should be extremely proud!

On Tuesday the fine folks at OSCON put on an amazing “OpenStack Day”, and last night those who were lucky to be attending OSCON gathered together to discuss the Foundation progress and start signing up as individual members.  It was quite an amazing feeling to see so many familiar faces, but also meet so many new people interested in OpenStack.

Individual contributors, here are steps you can now take to secure representation in the OpenStack Foundation:

  1. Join as an Individual Member: OpenStack.org/join by August 15
  2. Nominate an Individual for the Board of Directors: Send nominations to secretary@openstack.org by August 6 (candidates require 10 nominations to appear on the ballot)
  3. Vote for Individuals to be on the Board of Directors: Elections take place August 20-24

To provide more context, the following is a full list of key dates and milestones through the formation of the Foundation:

  • July 18 – Initial Platinum, Gold & Individual membership sign up period opens
  • July 18 – Nomination period for Individual member board directors opens
  • August 6 – Nomination period for Individual member board directors closes
  • August 15 – Initial Platinum, Gold & Individual membership sign up period closes
  • August 20-24 – Gold & Individual Board director elections
  • August 27 – Initial Board meeting via teleconference – operational setup
  • October 15 – First regular quarterly Board meeting at OpenStack Summit

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us reach this milestone!

Mark Collier

@sparkycollier

OpenStack Blog Authors Code Of Conduct

With the current number of authors on the community blog I think it’s a good idea to make sure we all have a clear understanding of what it means to have an account on such visible community asset. I think it would be good for the whole community to have a brief, clear, understandable code of conduct for all existing authors and for the future ones. We discussed on our community team and we came up with the OpenStack Blog Authors Code Of Conduct below.  We’ll publish this together with other community policies (like the OpenStack Event policy) in the next days: add your comments below or send them to the community team.

OpenStack.org Blog is the asset owned by the community and a platform where to share thoughts, ideas, reports and news about OpenStack. All the authors of blog posts have the responsibility to respect this common space while being grateful for the opportunity it represents. As a writer you should write articles respecting other’s opinions, even if you disagree. The OpenStack Community will benefit from sharing, debating and reflecting rather than discounting and disparaging others’ thoughts. Remember that as an author of OpenStack.org blog, the community trusts you to give voice to the community as a whole.

Writers accept these simple principles:

  • Prefer facts to opinions: be always aware that what you publish will be read by thousands of people and that your opinion is not necessarily that of the whole community. Try to stick to facts, like reporting the result of a meeting, announcing upcoming community events, describing technical achievements.
  • Disclose, don’t promote: it’s good to let people know that a company is contributing to OpenStack, sponsoring an event and such but the OpenStack.org Blog is not the place to publish a company’s press release or other type of commercial offering message.
  • Contribute to the commons: our blog is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike version 3 unported. Pay attention to the license of any material you add to the blog, make sure it’s released under compatible terms.

OpenStack Governance Elections Spring 2012 Results

The OpenStack community has elected the Project Technical Leads and two members of the Project Policy Board. Here are the winners:

NOVA Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner:

KEYSTONE Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner:

HORIZON Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner:

SWIFT Project Technical Lead (1 position)

  • Only one candidate

Winner:

GLANCE Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner:

PROJECT POLICY BOARD (2 positions)

Winners:

Congratulations to you all! Good work everybody.

OpenStack Governance Elections Spring 2012: Time to vote!

UPDATE: PPB election update: we need to reboot the voting process. Please accept our apology. Read more on http://ow.ly/9lNGf

The OpenStack community is called to elect the Project Technical Leads and two seats of the Project Policy Board. The nominations process is now officially closed and voting can start: all entitled to vote will receive a personal message via email on February 28 and have time until March 3 11:59 PST to vote. The email message will go to the email address included in the Authors file and the one provided during the registration for PPB votes.

The official list of nominees (in random order) is the following:

NOVA Project Technical Lead (1 position)

KEYSTONE Project Technical Lead (1 position)

HORIZON Project Technical Lead (1 position)

SWIFT Project Technical Lead (1 position)

GLANCE Project Technical Lead (1 position)

PROJECT POLICY BOARD (2 positions)

Voting process

Like previous OpenStack Governance Elections, we will use the Condorcet Internet Voting Service from Cornell University, http://www.cs.cornell.edu/andru/civs.html.  This tool uses the Condorcet method of voting which invokes ranking the  nominees instead of just selecting one choice. More information on this  methodology is at http://www.cs.cornell.edu/w8/~andru/civs/rp.html. All registered voters will receive an email with a unique link allowing them to privately vote.

Please note that the voting system is run using private polls with  restricted access to ensure voter authenticity; however all results will  be made public once the election ends. Voter anonymity is guaranteed.  The result’s ranking will be evaluated using Schulze (also known as Beatpath or CSSD) completion rule. If an individual should happen to be elected as both a PTL and General  Member of the PPB, then they will take their PTL seat only and the  elected General Member seat will go to the next highest vote getter in  the most recent election.  Thanks for participating in this essential process.

The election committee is made of Stefano Maffulli, Lloyd Dewolf and Dave Nielsen.

OpenStack Governance Elections Spring 2012: Action Item For All Candidates

The OpenStack community is electing its Project Technical Leads and two members of the Project Policy Board. Details are at http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/02/openstack-governance-elections-spring-2012/. On February 26 the nominations will close and the voting process will start on February 28 and finish on March 3rd.

The list of nominees is at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Spring2012-Nominees. It’s still open. You must register to vote for PPB on http://ppbelectionsregistration.openstack.org/

Before the voting process starts the election committee asks all nominees to create a page on OpenStack wiki and answer three simple questions:

1a. [for PPB] Since the last elections, what areas have you focused on and what contributions have you made in order to improve OpenStack as a whole?

1b. [for PTL] Since the last elections, what areas have you focused on and what contributions have you made in order to improve your project?

2a. [for PPB] What are the most pressing/important issues facing OpenStack as a whole?

2b. [for PTL] What are the most pressing/important issues facing your project?

3. What is your relationship to OpenStack & why is its success important to you and/or your company?

If you’re a candidate, create a wiki page using the template http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/ElectionsSpring2012/[Firstname_Lastname] and answer those questions there. Feel free to add more content, too. Those pages will be included in the link sent to all voters.

The election committee is made of Stefano Maffulli, Lloyd Dewolf and Dave Nielsen.

OpenStack Governance Elections Spring 2012

The time is once again upon us for our OpenStack Governance Elections. The OpenStack community is called to elect the Project Technical Leads and two seats of the Project Policy Board. The election committee is made of Stefano Maffulli, Lloyd Dewolf and Dave Nielsen.

  • February 16 – 26 11:59 PST: Nominations open.
  • February 28 – March 3 11:59 PST: Online voting open.
  • March 3 11:59 PST: Voting closed.

Final results will be posted immediately upon election close.

What seats are up for election

  • NOVA Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • SWIFT Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • GLANCE Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • HORIZON Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • KEYSTONE Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • Project Policy Board (2 Open Positions)

How to nominate yourself or others as Project Technical Lead

Only OpenStack community members who have code in the respective OpenStack subproject are eligible to be elected as that subproject’s Project Team Lead. Please nominate someone from the developer community or yourself at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Spring2012-Nominees under the Nominees heading.  Please provide the name and email address of the nominee. The election committee will then confirm with the nominee that they are willing to run for the position.The list of Approved Candidates will be announced with a new blog post on openstack.org/blog when online voting opens (Feb 28).

How to nominate yourself or others as member of the Project Policy Board

Any registered member of the OpenStack Launchpad group is eligible to run or be nominated for a position on the Project Policy Board. If you want to vote and/or run for a seat you need to register on Launchpad and add yourself to the public OpenStack group on https://launchpad.net/~openstack. Please nominate someone from the community or yourself at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Spring2012-Nominees under the Nominees heading. Please give the name and email address of the nominee. The election committee will then confirm with the nominee that they are willing to run for the position. The list of Approved Candidates will be announced with a new blog post on openstack.org/blog right before the election starts.

How to register to vote for PTL

Only OpenStack community members who have code in the respective OpenStack subproject are eligible to vote for that subproject’s Project Team Lead.  The authoritative list of eligible voters and nominees is the Authors file in each repository. For example, the list of Nova authors is https://github.com/openstack/nova/blob/master/Authors.
Make sure your name and correct email address is there or you won’t be able to vote.

How to register to vote for Project Policy Board

Any registered member of the OpenStack Launchpad group is eligible to vote for the Project Policy Board. If you want to vote you need to register to Launchpad and add yourself to the public OpenStack group on https://launchpad.net/~openstack before registering as a voter using the form at http://ppbelectionsregistration.openstack.org/. Company affiliation is only collected as an interesting statistic; it has no effect on the outcome of the election.

Voting process

Like previous OpenStack Governance Elections, we will use the Condorcet Internet Voting Service from Cornell University, http://www.cs.cornell.edu/andru/civs.html. This tool uses the Condorcet method of voting which invokes ranking the nominees instead of just selecting one choice. More information on this methodology is at http://www.cs.cornell.edu/w8/~andru/civs/rp.html.

All registered voters will receive an email with a unique link allowing them to privately vote.

Please note that the voting system is run using private polls with restricted access to ensure voter authenticity; however all results will be made public once the election ends. Voter anonymity is guaranteed. The result’s ranking will be evaluated using Schulze (also known as Beatpath or CSSD) completion rule.

Thanks for participating in this essential process. Please remind your friends and colleagues to get involved, register and vote!

Recording of OpenStack Foundation mission and roadmap

For those that couldn’t participate to past week’s webinar, here is the recording of Mark Collier and Jonathan Bryce presenting the draft mission of OpenStack Foundation and its roadmap. (The audio starts around minute 2:50). A total of 86 people participated to the events, 51 on Thursday and 35 on Friday. Since the chat was not visible to every participant, we’re disclosing the complete logs of the chat for both events, unedited . All questions were addressed by Mark and Jonathan. We’re looking for a different tool to use for future webinars.

Presenting OpenStack Foundation mission and roadmap [webinar]

Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier will host two webinars to illustrate the draft mission for the future OpenStack Foundation. The draft was published on http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/ and it’s the fist building block of the organisation that was announced in Boston. They will be available to answer questions about the roadmap and deadlines proposed for the project.  We believe a live conversation will complement the online discussion on the foundation mailing list. We picked the times of the webinars to accommodate the needs of people living across the world and we picked the technology that is most accessible. You can use your favourite operating system or dial in using toll free numbers for virtually anywhere in the world. If you encounter problems please let us know.

The first webinar will be held on Thursday Jan 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM CST (register here https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ogxx717wjy06) and the following day on Friday, Jan 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM CST (register here https://cc.readytalk.com/r/9o9bdh6hb3vn).

You may find the converter useful http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to find your local time.

OpenStack Governance Elections Fall 2011 – Results

The polls  for OpenStack Governance Elections closed. Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for participating in this election.

PROJECT POLICY BOARD (3 positions + 1 to replace resigning member)

Winners:

  1. Ewan Mellor
  2. Paul Voccio
  3. Monty Taylor
  4. Josh Kearney

Details of the poll results are visible.

The Project Technical Leads have not changed.

NOVA Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner: Vishvananda Ishaya

SWIFT Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner: John Dickinson

GLANCE Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner: Jay Pipes

OpenStack Governance Elections – Voting started

Today at 12:00pm CDT the election process for the OpenStack has started.  The approved candidates for the Project Policy Board are:

  • Joe Heck
  • Soren Hansen
  • Rick Clark
  • Jason Cannavale
  • Christopher MacGown
  • Paul Voccio
  • Joe Arnold
  • Blake Yeager
  • Ewan Mellor
  • Brian Lamar
  • Monty Taylor
  • Josh Kearney
  • Chuck Thier
  • Rob Hirschfeld

The poll is currently running to elect the three new members and the replacement for Eric Day. If you are eligible to vote and have requested to be added to the official list of voters you should have received an email with instructions to cast your vote for the Project Policy Board (PPB). Poll will close on September 4th, 12pm CDT.

For the Team Lead positions in Nova, Swift and Glance projects no poll was necessary since we had only one candidate for each position. The Team Leads therefore are:

  • NOVA Project Technical Lead:  Vishvananda Ishaya
  • SWIFT Project Technical Lead:  John Dickinson
  • GLANCE Project Technical Lead: Jay Pipes

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