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Apache Woden Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise.

The Woden project graduated on 2007-12-08


The Apache Woden Project will develop a Java class library for reading, manipulating, creating and writing WSDL documents, initially to support WSDL 2.0 but with the longer term aim of supporting past, present and future versions of WSDL


For the latest Woden news see

  • 2007-12-08 Woden Graduated to the Web Services Project
  • 2007-08-03 Woden Milestone 7b declared
  • 2007-04-23 Woden Milestone 7a declared
  • 2007-02-19 Woden Milestone 7 declared
  • 2006-10-06 Woden Milestone 6 declared
  • 2006-10-06 Second W3C WSDL 2.0 Working Group Interoperability Event
  • 2006-06-21 Woden Milestone 5 declared
  • 2006-06-05 W3C WSDL 2.0 Working Group Interoperability Event
  • 2006-05-30 Woden Presentation at ApacheCon Europe 2006
  • 2006-03-13 Woden Milestone 4 declared
  • 2006-01-26 Woden Milestone 3 declared
  • 2005-12-09 Woden Milestone 2 declared
  • 2005-10-02 Woden Milestone 1 declared
  • 2005-03-24 Project accepted by the Web services PMC
  • 2005-03-24 Project proposed on general@incubator mailing list

Project info

item type reference
Website www
. wiki
Mailing list dev
. svn
Bug tracking JIRA
Source code svn
Davanum Srinivas (dims at

Paul Fremantle (paul at

Sanjiva Weerawarana (sanjiva at
Matthew Duftler (duftler at

Chathura Herath (chathura at

Jeremy Hughes (hughesj at

John Kaputin (jakaputin at

Lawrence Mandel (lmandel at

Arthur Ryman (arthur.ryman at

Oshani Seneviratne (oshanis at

Graham Turrell (gturrell at

Incubation status reports

  • November 2007

  • August 2007

  • May 2007

  • March 2007

  • February 2007

  • December 2006

  • August 2006

  • May 2006

  • Mar. 2006

    Woden has declared milestones 3 and 4. These milestones include parsing logic for the WSDL document and component models and the SOAP extensibility elements. Validation for the WSDL document and component models in nearing completion.

    Woden was demonstrated at the W3C Web Service Description Working Group F2F Meeting on Feb 28, 2006 during the Technical Plenary Week in Cannes, Mandelieu, France.

    A WSDL 1.1 - 2.0 converter, which makes use of Woden, was created at the W3C.
  • Dec. 2005

    The milestone plan, originally too ambitious, was updated to reflect Woden's new schedule. Woden milestone 2 was declared. Milestone 2 contains parsing logic for WSDL 2.0 interface and binding elements and components, and validation logic for the WSDL 2.0 types element and interface element and component.
  • Oct. 2005

    We posted a Woden milestone plan in September covering M1 at end-Sept through to M5 in Jan 2006. Completion of the initial project objective, full WSDL 2.0 functionality, is targetted for M4 end-Nov. M1 was release on Mon 3 Oct and included most but not all of the planned scopd. M3 and M4 will be busy periods. M5 and future plans will emerge as we approach M4 and start thinking about other Woden objectives like WSDL 1.1 conversion and StAX XML parsing for the Axis community. We are using the woden-dev mailing list for communication and discussion and recently held our first conference call - although not all participants could make the call, it helped confirm the Milestone plan and resolve some technical issues. Most of the development is currently being done by 2 committers and this may continue up to M3/M4, by which time we will have a suitable base for others to start building on.
  • Sept. 2005

    Woden incubator progress slower than expected over summer, but plan now agreed with milestone deliverables each month to complete WSDL 2.0 functionality by December.

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

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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.

A search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows no results for Woden.

A Google search for Woden turns up 385 results. Aside from such notable Woden references as the Woden band, there are only two Woden references that are somewhat related to software:

  1. Woden Network Systems Ltd., a telcom based in the UK
  2. Woden game for PPC Macs, from 1997 this game has had just over 2000 downloads

If request from an existing Apache project to adopt an external package, then ask the Apache project for the cvs module and mail address names.
If request from outside Apache to enter an existing Apache project, then post a message to that project for them to decide on acceptance.
N/A 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

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2005-12-09 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
Subscribe all Mentors on the woden-dev list.
Give all Mentors access to all incubator SVN modules. (to be done by PMC chair) (see
Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/woden.html'
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2007-11-06 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.
2005-12-09 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

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2007-11-06 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.

All source code included with the distribution is under the Apache V2.0 or the W3C license. In addition, the binary libraries included in the Woden distribution are listed in the table below.
Library License
axiom-api-1.2.3.jar Apache V2.0
axiom-impl-1.2.3.jar Apache V2.0
commons-logging-api-1.1.jar Apache V2.0
geronimo-stax-api_1.0_spec-1.0.jar Apache V2.0
wsdl4j.jar CPL V1.0
wstx-asl-3.2.0.jar Apache V2.0
xercesImpl.jar Apache V2.0
xml-apis.jar W3C
XmlSchema-1.3.1.jar Apache V2.0
2005-12-09 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 !

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2006-05-22 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2007-05-22 Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
2007-05-22 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on

Infrastructure !

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2005-12-09 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2005-12-09 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
2005-12-09 Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issuetracking system (Jira).
2005-12-09 Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific

Add project specific tasks here.


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.)

    Yes. Woden is actively lead by John Kaputin and Lawrence Mandel, committers from IBM. The list of people who have made commits to the Woden repository are Eran Chinthaka (Indiana University), Matt Duftler (IBM), Chathura Herath (Indiana University), Jeremy Hughes (IBM), John Kaputin (IBM), Lawrence Mandel (IBM), Arthur Ryman (IBM), Oshani Seneviratne (MIT), Davanum 'Dims' Srinivas (independent), and Graham Turrell (IBM). Matt, Jeremy, Arthur, Oshani, and Graham have all made significant contributions to Woden. Chinthaka, Chathura, and Dims have all contributed bug fixes in support of Axis2. It is also of note that over the past year Woden has seen large contributions from non-committers such as Dan Harvey (IBM summer student), who fixed many bugs and refactored Woden's build process, Sagara Gunathunga (independent), who is currently working on serializing the Woden model, and Tomi Vanek (independent), who contributed a WSDL viewer.

  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?

    Yes. All project decisions are discussed on both the public weekly Woden telecons and on the woden-dev mailing list.

  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

    Yes. See the Woden Decision Making and Development Processes document.

Licensing awareness

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


Project Adoption

Woden is playing a valuable role in the Web services space and as such has already been adopted by the following projects:


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?
    Yes. The Web Services PMC accepted Woden in a vote that resulted in 15 +1s, no 0s, and no -1s.

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?
    Yes. The Incubator PMC voted in favor of Woden's graduation with 8 +1s, no 0s, and no -1s. The vote was called on Dec. 8, 2007.