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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject [VOTE] DeviceMap to join the Apache incubator
Date Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:05:16 GMT
Hi Incubator PMC members (*),

I've just reviewed the "[PROPOSAL] Apache DeviceMap..." thread and I
think all relevant issues have been adressed now.

Let's cast your votes to accept DeviceMap as an incubating project,
proposal is at and
copied below as well:

[ ] +1 approve DeviceMap as an incubating project.
[ ] -1 reject (explaining why)
[ ] +/- 0 don't care.

This majority vote is open for at least 72 hours.

Here's my +1.


(*) although only votes from Incubator PMC members are binding,
anybody is welcome to cast a vote

*** DeviceMap proposal ***
== Abstract ==

Apache DeviceMap is a data repository containing device information,
images and other relevant information for all sorts of mobile devices,
e.g. smartphones and tablets.

While the focus is initially on that data, APIs will also be created
to use and manage it.

== Proposal ==

Apache DeviceMap allows users to access a wide array of technical
specifications, images and other artifacts related to mobile devices.
Typical mobile devices include smartphones and tablets, such as:

 * Android devices from multiple vendors
 * Apple’s iPhone and iPad family of devices
 * !BlackBerry devices
 * Windows Phone devices from multiple vendors
 * Symbian devices
 * Devices with a small marketshare running Bada, Tizen, WebOS etc.

The list of Apache DeviceMap devices remains open to other device
types, as the mobile sector is a highly dynamic marketplace and new
device forms may surface which may not too well fit into a smartphone
/ tablet matrix, e.g. ChromeOS Devices.

== Repository Data ==

The exact structure of the repository data will be defined as the
project progresses.

At the moment we envision storing user agent strings and/or regular
expressions, properties similar to CSS Media Queries, images of the
actual devices, other attributes similar to what’s in UAPROF
( for example, per-country market
share data, etc.

Modern mobile applications often do not need very detailed device
data, so we will concentrate, at least initially, on basic device
features as used in html5 websites.

The W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative specs
( will also be evaluated for use in

== Background ==

The initial motivation for Apache DeviceMap is to provide an open
repository of mobile device data, available to the general public
according to the Apache License.

== Rationale ==

We propose an open and community driven repository containing mobile
device data, thereby allowing for analysis of device capabilities and
feature sets. This is beneficial on several fronts, be it for software
developers, stakeholders/decision makers or analysts.

== Initial Goals ==

 * Define what form of data is valuable/required to setup a good
working repository
 * Define what image sets are valuable/required
 * Define a data retention policy, meaning when should data be purged
 * Collect existing data and setup simple procedures for users to
contribute and validate such data.

== Current Status ==

Proposal has been
on the Incubator general list, vote is ongoing there now (TODO add

== Community ==

This project will form a new community, driven by the initial
committers listed below. We hope and feel that Apache DeviceMap will
draw interest and its community will broaden.

== Known Risks ==

For device images and other data, we’ll need to define acceptance
criteria and traceability rules similar to what Apache uses for code,
to avoid any legal issues.

Gathering data of any sort is a potential sensitive area and may
require good public communication or even public relation activities.

== Initial Source ==

The [[|]] team will donate their existing
source code to the DeviceMap podling.

== Initial Committers ==

 * Philip Jespersen - philip.jespersen (at) terria (dot) com
 * Bertrand Delacretaz - bdelacretaz (at) apache (dot) org
 * Christian Stocker - chregu (at)
 * Scott Wilson - scottbw (at) apache (dot) org
 * Sylvain Wallez - sylvain (at) apache (dot) org
 * Andrew Savory - asavory (at) apache (dot) org
 * Nils Dehl - nils.dehl (at) dkd (dot) de
 * Brian !LeRoux - brian (at) apache (dot) org
 * Stefano Andreani - s.andreani (at) opentecheng (dot) com
 * Alessandro Bellucci - a.bellucci (at) opentecheng (dot) com
 * Werner Keil - werner (at) openddr (dot) org
 * Tim Fernando - info (at) timfernando (dot) com

== Required Resources ==

=== Mailing lists ===
 * devicemap-dev @
 * devicemap-commits @
 * devicemap-private @

=== Subversion Directory ===

=== Issue Tracking ===
DMAP project in JIRA.

== Sponsors ==

=== Champion ===
Bertrand Delacretaz

=== Nominated Mentors ===
 * Sylvain Wallez
 * Kevan Miller
 * Bertrand Delacretaz

=== Sponsoring Entity ===
Incubator PMC

*** DeviceMap proposal ends ***

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