The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Apache Rave, the organization’s open-source mashup platform, has graduated from the incubator to become a top-level project.
Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Apache
Rave, the organization's open-source mashup engine, has graduated from the
Apache Incubator to become a top-level project (TLP).
Apache Rave is
an open-source software mashup platform that enables developers to build and
engage with an array of social network technologies, such as OpenSocial,
Activity Streams and W3C Widgets. Rave's lightweight and extensible approach to
robust personalization and collaboration capabilities supports a simple model
for integration across other platforms, services and solutions, ASF officials
top-level status in ASF signifies that a project's community and products have
been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.
social platforms, such as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter have shaped the
expectations of today's users, creating an onslaught of demand for pervasive
social integration within both consumer and enterprise applications," said
Matthew B. Franklin, vice president of Apache Rave and lead software engineer
at The MITRE Corporation, in a statement. "Developers today are constantly
faced with the need to deliver low-cost, scalable, modularized applications
with deep-rooted social capabilities. Apache Rave is the first open-source
project chartered to deliver a lightweight, flexible, widget-based platform to
meet these demands."
The ASF said
Apache Rave bundles the efforts of several independent open-source initiatives
that address similar functionality and requirements into a single,
enterprise-grade platform that easily scales across federated application
integrations, social intranets, and multi-channel social communities with
enhanced personalization and customized content delivery.
project was seeded by code donations from MITRE, Indiana University Pervasive
Technology Institute, SURFnet, OSS Watch, Hippo and numerous individual
developers, ASF said.
Rave takes the good bits from traditional portals, leaves out whatever made
them so heavyweight, and adds modern Web technologies like OpenSocial, Widgets,
Social Networking, Mobile delivery and Content Services," said Ate Douma,
Apache Rave incubating champion and chief architect for open-source CMS vendor
Hippo, in a statement. "Rave has already proven to be a platform not to be
underestimated. Hippo is proud to be an initiator and participant of this
project, and plans to make Rave an integral part of its context-aware content
Apache Rave project delivers a perfect platform for our personalized University
Portal," said Sander Liemberg, project manager at the University of
Groningen in The Netherlands, in a statement. "Together with SURFnet, we
hope to develop, integrate and use all possible OpenSocial aspects to benefit
our academic community to the fullest."
participants in Apache Rave, we are very interested in applying its
capabilities to managing scientific collaborations and access to computing
resources," said Marlon Pierce, Science Gateway Group lead at Indiana
University and Apache Rave project management committee member, in a statement.
"Rave is also interesting because of its capacity to be extended by
developers: Rave provides a packaged, out-of-the box experience, but we are
also trying to ensure it can also serve as a starting point for developers who
wish to extend its capabilities. In particular, we at Indiana University are
taking the specialized requirements of the National Science Foundation XSEDE
Science Gateway program."
the Apache Incubator in March 2011, the Apache Rave project has successfully
produced several code releases in preparation for its first production-ready,
v1.0 release. In addition, Apache Rave recently received an honorable mention
in the 2011 Open-Source
Rookies of the Year awards sponsored by Black Duck Software.
pleased to have been a founding member of the Apache Rave community and are
excited for the future of the project," said Joel Jacobs, CIO at MITRE, in
a statement. "Rave will be a cornerstone capability for our internal and
external users, and we look forward to the continued collaboration and
co-development with the community."
software is released under the Apache License v2.0. Apache Rave source code,
documentation, mailing lists and related resources are available.
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