A new role at the Apache Software Foundation

Andrea Pescetti
18 Oct 2012
5 Comments
Andrea Pescetti
18 Oct 2012
5 Comments
Andrea Pescetti, 18 Oct 2012 - 5 Comments

A new role at the Apache Software Foundation

And new opportunities for the Drupal community?

Effective today, I (Andrea) have become an officer of the Apache Software Foundation, in my new role as Vice President for the Apache OpenOffice (commonly known as "OpenOffice") project.

This doesn't change much in my daily activity as director of Nuvole. I have been involved in the OpenOffice project for several years, starting much earlier than Drupal became a mainstream project. It has been and it will continue to be a volunteer activity, even though it will definitely happen that I attend more Apache events in the near future.

That said, this might be an occasion for the Drupal community to take a closer look at the Apache Software Foundation and its projects.

Even though there are still many people who identify Apache with its ubiquitous Apache HTTP server, the Apache Software Foundation is much larger than that: it is a huge, not-for-profit organization developing around 150 free and open source projects for the public good.

There are interesting opportunities for cooperation between Drupal and Apache projects: Apache Solr, for example, has already become a standard topic at Drupal events; Apache POI, Apache Tika and Apache PDFBox can extract text and metadata from Office or PDF documents and make them search-friendly, with initial work towards Drupal integration; Apache Traffic Server is a caching server with Drupal support. The incubating Apache OpenMeetings project has a module for Drupal integration too.

The Apache OpenOffice project itself maintains two old but functional Drupal sites for hosting its Extensions and Templates, that were recently relocated to SourceForge with technical advice from Nuvole; and sooner or later it will have to consider a deeper integration with Web technologies...

We at Nuvole are looking forward to exploring opportunities for cross-project collaboration, and the ApacheCon 2012 in Germany next month might be a nice occasion for brainstorming. If you have ideas to share, please do so in the comments below.

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David Corbacho
18 Oct 2012

First of all, congratulations to help Apache OpenOffice™ become a Top-Level Project !

More cross-project collaboration: blogs.apache could benefit of usign Drupal, since "Apache Roller" is not developed actively anymore?

Also today I heard about Apache Cordova (aka PhoneGap) getting the Top-Level Projec recognition Drupal 8 REST Api + Cordova + HTML5 + Backbone.js = hot sauce for 2013

First of all, congratulations to help Apache OpenOffice™ become a Top-Level Project !

More cross-project collaboration: blogs.apache could benefit of usign Drupal, since "Apache Roller" is not developed actively anymore?

Also today I heard about Apache Cordova (aka PhoneGap) getting the Top-Level Projec recognition Drupal 8 REST Api + Cordova + HTML5 + Backbone.js = hot sauce for 2013

David Corbacho, 18 Oct 2012

First of all, congratulations to help Apache OpenOffice™ become a Top-Level Project !

More cross-project collaboration: blogs.apache could benefit of usign Drupal, since "Apache Roller" is not developed actively anymore?

Also today I heard about Apache Cordova (aka PhoneGap) getting the Top-Level Projec recognition Drupal 8 REST Api + Cordova + HTML5 + Backbone.js = hot sauce for 2013

David Corbacho, 18 Oct 2012
Marco Moscaritolo
19 Oct 2012

Congratulation and thanks for your support at Open Source projects!

Congratulation and thanks for your support at Open Source projects!

Marco Moscaritolo, 19 Oct 2012

Congratulation and thanks for your support at Open Source projects!

Marco Moscaritolo, 19 Oct 2012
Don Harbison
22 Oct 2012

I'm excited about you taking on the role of Chair of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee. But I'm equally excited about your vision of seeking co-relationships with other Apache project communities that may prove especially interesting to our community and to the future users of Apache OpenOffice.

Apache Shindig and Rave are two additional projects in the social networking space that OpenOffice may want to liaison with and seek new synergies.

And of course, open standards support remains at the core of Apache OpenOffice, yet there is still much work to be done in terms of supporting CMIS, OpenSocial, and OData, to name a few.

I'm excited about you taking on the role of Chair of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee. But I'm equally excited about your vision of seeking co-relationships with other Apache project communities that may prove especially interesting to our community and to the future users of Apache OpenOffice.

Apache Shindig and Rave are two additional projects in the social networking space that OpenOffice may want to liaison with and seek new synergies.

And of course, open standards support remains at the core of Apache OpenOffice, yet there is still much work to be done in terms of supporting CMIS, OpenSocial, and OData, to name a few.

Don Harbison, 22 Oct 2012

I'm excited about you taking on the role of Chair of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee. But I'm equally excited about your vision of seeking co-relationships with other Apache project communities that may prove especially interesting to our community and to the future users of Apache OpenOffice.

Apache Shindig and Rave are two additional projects in the social networking space that OpenOffice may want to liaison with and seek new synergies.

And of course, open standards support remains at the core of Apache OpenOffice, yet there is still much work to be done in terms of supporting CMIS, OpenSocial, and OData, to name a few.

Don Harbison, 22 Oct 2012
imacat
30 Oct 2012

Congratulations for your new role~ ^_*'

Congratulations for your new role~ ^_*'

imacat, 30 Oct 2012

Congratulations for your new role~ ^_*'

imacat, 30 Oct 2012
Stefano Morelli
3 Nov 2012

I suggest of continuing the road of: http://www.openoffice.org/groupware/ or something like that. Imho, the intelligent sharing of the documents is a 'must' to be pursued, it consecrates the OpenDocument as standard of reference. In Italy the OOO diffusion would expand also to the small and medium-sized enterprises and the Public administrations, till now, not much convinced. (If you put together the competences of the sponsors, you have the potential of a server virtual and ready to the use) Best whishes Mr. Vicepresident Apache OpenOffice Project

I suggest of continuing the road of: http://www.openoffice.org/groupware/ or something like that. Imho, the intelligent sharing of the documents is a 'must' to be pursued, it consecrates the OpenDocument as standard of reference. In Italy the OOO diffusion would expand also to the small and medium-sized enterprises and the Public administrations, till now, not much convinced. (If you put together the competences of the sponsors, you have the potential of a server virtual and ready to the use) Best whishes Mr. Vicepresident Apache OpenOffice Project

Stefano Morelli, 3 Nov 2012

I suggest of continuing the road of: http://www.openoffice.org/groupware/ or something like that. Imho, the intelligent sharing of the documents is a 'must' to be pursued, it consecrates the OpenDocument as standard of reference. In Italy the OOO diffusion would expand also to the small and medium-sized enterprises and the Public administrations, till now, not much convinced. (If you put together the competences of the sponsors, you have the potential of a server virtual and ready to the use) Best whishes Mr. Vicepresident Apache OpenOffice Project

Stefano Morelli, 3 Nov 2012

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