Picking up from the ideas in The Missing Sync for Fedora Commons, I’ve been talking with Thorny and Sandy at Fedora Commons about creating a Fedora Solutions Integration Council. We haven’t quite figured out the structure of it, but the ideas are coming together pretty quickly. Bottom line, the council’s responsibility is to help everyone make informed decisions and support each other’s work.
As a first stab, I’m putting effort into three things:
- bring together the streams of communication (ie. blogs, irc, etc)
- help projects find and connect with others who are doing similar work
- identify the major themes: problem areas, innovations, exciting solutions, etc.
Ultimately, I hope this will allow us to shed light on the various avenues of exploration in Fedora-centric application development. So many people are doing such interesting and exciting work. It’s time for us to talk more openly and enthusiastically about it.
The other Fedora Solutions Councils are organized around themes like eScience, Museums, and Education. In contrast, the Integration Council is aimed at addressing the cross-cutting concerns of application development. We all have to deal with things like access controls, scalability, and workflow. The best solutions to these types of challenges are often applicable in many contexts, regardless of whether you are an eScience project or a small humanities archive. Our aim is to get as much information flowing between developers as possible. I want to let developers decide for themselves which ideas apply to their work.
Watch this space.