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Ode Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise.

The Ode project graduated on 2007-07-18


Ode - Orchestration Director Engine

"A lyric poem of some length, usually of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanzaic structure". - American Heritage Dictionary

Ode is an orchestration service that implements the WS-BPEL specification. The project includes an orchestration engine abstraction, standard externally defined interfaces/bindings. The interface implementations and/or bindings enables the orchestration service to be plugged into various service bus or component architectures.


  • 2007-07-18 ODE Graduates. The Board has decided to establish ODE TLP.
  • 2007-05-29 ODE 1.0 is released.
  • 2006-10-11 An official website is published.
  • 2006-07-28 A single codebase is adopted.
  • 2006-04-04 The two code donations are in the repository.
  • 2006-02-01 Project announced publicly.

Project info

item type reference
Website www
Mailing list dev
Mailing list users
Mailing list commits
Mailing list PPMC
Bug tracking JIRA
Source code SVN
Proposal Wiki
Mentors pzf - Paul Fremantle
niclas - Niclas Hedhman
dims - Davanum Srinivas
PMC Members adc - Alan Cabrera
assaf - Assaf Arkin
boisvert - Alex Boisvert
charper - Cory Harper
dims - Davanum Srinivas
gnodet - Guillaume Nodet
lwaterman - Lance Waterman
mriou - Matthieu Riou
niclas - Niclas Hedhman
paulrbrown - Paul R. Brown
pzf - Paul Fremantle
rajdavies - Rob Davies
mszefler - Maciej Szefler
Committers adc - Alan Cabrera
assaf - Assaf Arkin
bflood - William B. Flood
boisvert - Alex Boisvert
charper - Cory Harper
dims - Davanum Srinivase
geirm - Geir Magnusson Jr.
gnodet - Guillaume Nodet
jstrachan - James Strachan
lwaterman - Lance Waterman
mriou - Matthieu Riou
mszefler - Maciej Szefler
paulrbrown - Paul R. Brown
rajdavies - Rob Davies

Incubation Status Reports

Incubation Work Items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item
2006-02 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist and check to be sure that the name is not already trademarked for an existing software product.
2006-02 If request from anywhere to become a stand-alone PMC, then assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.

Interim responsibility

date item
2006-02 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2006-03 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2006-03 Give all Mentors access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by PMC chair)
2006-03 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/{}.html'
date item
2006-05 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2006-07 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item
2006-07 Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2006-07 Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers

status item
DONE Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
DONE Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on


status item
DONE Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
DONE Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
DONE Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issue tracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
DONE Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific

status item
DONE Check the IP rights and make sure that we have the right to distribute an implementation of the WS-BPEL standards.
DONE Remove the dependency toward Hibernate (LGPL).


These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.)
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?


Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?