[Koha] Proposal to form Koha Technical Committee
chris at bigballofwax.co.nz
Thu Nov 4 05:49:38 NZDT 2010
What I see a technical committee being, is just another step in the
current process. IE they make recommendations, but things are still
decided the way they are now, in the open on irc and mailing lists.
If this is the case, and they are simply interested individuals who
discuss issues and make recommendations then I'm ok with that. If they
are expected to determine things, then I'm not ok with that.
2010/11/3 Irma Birchall <irmalibraries at gmail.com>:
> Below are notes that Bob and I compiled from a meeting at the KohaCon10
> hackfest in Wellington last Sunday.
> We're trying to put these up on the wiki but haven't found how to edit the
> relevant page. In the meantime, we'll just share them here on list.
> The notes are self explanatory, we hope.
> We look forward to a vigorous discussion (as usual).
> Discussion about decision making for Koha technical issues
> kohacon10 hackfest 31 October 2010
> At the kohacon10 hackfest, Paul Poulain of Biblibre initiated a discussion
> about the way strategic decisions are to be made in relation to the Koha
> software. Paul is concerned that there is no forum for decision making
> beyond the next release. The role of Release Manager is focused on ensuring
> there is a stable, on-time release incorporating agreed features. But there
> are other longer-term architectural issues to be determined beyond the scope
> of the RM role.
> In the broad-ranging discussion, the following points were made:
> Pending decisions include: move to solR; mod_perl or plack; move to T::T ;
> move to time based release; how to coordinate developments like EDI and
> RFID, amongst others.
> It is not clear how to get decisions made about major software issues. There
> is also the problem of coordinating development of features.
> how do we coordinate development?
> who decides?
> what is the structure for deciding?
> The current decision-making forum is the monthly irc meeting. Other forums
> for discussion include the developers' list and the wiki (especially RFCs).
> Issues discussed on irc and koha-devel sometimes don't get resolved. No
> clear roadmap about what will get included in next official release.
> Some other open source projects have a suite of core code and plug-ins for
> extra or alternative features.
> Commitments made to clients have to be met often between official releases.
> This has affected Biblibre, Xercode, Software Coop and Liblime. Risk of more
> forks if structure to decide is not clear.
> The problem applies to both software architecture issues and features. There
> may be one solution or several strategies to mitigate the problem.
> Suggestion to create a Technical Committee.
> Alternatively a committee structure : small working groups to make
> Observation that arranging meetings across world time zones is difficult.
> Meetings are time consuming. Hard for key developers to attend multiple
> meetings. Keep difficulties in mind.
> Current meetings deal with the immediate, not the long term. A structural
> development meeting could be held regularly to discuss longer term
> The need may be for:
> a transparent process about what development will make it into official
> Koha; plus
> each company must have its own procedure for dealing with client-sponsored
> features that will not be selected into a release version.
> RFCs are the usual way to elicit discussion of proposed features.
> But because everyone is so busy, they usually don't attract much discussion.
> For example, a number of RFCs were submitted in September by Nucsoft OSS but
> don't seem to have received much comment.
> Suggestion for developers to make an on-line (skype or irc) presentation of
> major proposed new features. Forum for input by others. Follow up discussion
> would be on list.
> Technical Committee could have 6 to 8 members – rotating.
> Opportunity for Librarians Discussion Group as another regular meeting?
> Ensure library standards are applied and kept up to date. Could link project
> with academia.
> Another potential forum is an Opac Advisory Committee.
> Current practice is that all meetings are open to all to attend. Mood is to
> retain this approach.
> People scheduling a meeting should add the event to the Calendar on
> koha-community.org and send an email to the list. (To check if this can be
> Format for minutes of meetings was discussed.
> For further discussion and resolution at the Monthly IRC Meeting on 10
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