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OpenJPA Project Incubation Status

Apache OpenJPA is now a top-level project.

The Apache OpenJPA project completed incubation on 2007-05-16. Please go to the main project site:

This page was used to track the project status, incubator-wise. This page is of historical interest only.

The OpenJPA project graduated on 2007-05-16


The OpenJPA Project is an open source implementation of the Java Persistence API.


  • 2007-05-16: OpenJPA graduated from incubation to a Top Level Project
  • 2007-04-27: OpenJPA version 0.9.7 is released
  • 2006-11-29: OpenJPA version 0.9.6 is released

Project info

If the project website and code repository are not yet setup, use the following table:

Item Type Reference
Website www
Wiki wiki
Mailing list dev
. commits
Bug tracking JIRA
Proposal wiki
Source code SVN
Mentors geirm Geir Magnusson Jr.
. ekoneil Eddie O'Neil
. brianm Brian McAllister
Committer awhite Abe White
. clr Craig Russell
. kwsutter Kevin Sutter
. mprudhom Marc Prud'hommeaux
. pcl Patrick Linskey
. ppoddar Pinaki Poddar
. skim Steve Kim

Incubation status reports

  • See the STATUS file at

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
2007-04-30 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.

Note: no longer offers free trademark searches. Instead, the US Patent Office was searched for JPA and OpenJPA and no conflicts were found. Additionally, OpenJPA was searched using Google and the first 150 of 101,000 results were found to contain references to the Apache project.

N/A If request from an existing Apache project to adopt an external package, then ask the Apache project for the SVN module and mail address names.
N/A If request from outside Apache to enter an existing Apache project, then post a message to that project for them to decide on acceptance.
2005-04-10 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
2006-04-10 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2006-05-01 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2006-05-01 Give all Mentors access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by PMC chair)
2006-11-10 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/{}.html'
Date Item
2006-06-05 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.
2006-07-19 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
2006-11-11 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.
2006-11-11 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

Date Item
2006-05-14 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2006-10-29 Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
2006-07-23 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on


Date Item
2006-05-14 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2006-05-02 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
2006-05-02 Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issuetracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
2006-07-19 Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific

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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?

Project Specific

Add project specific tasks here.


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?