March 3rd, 2012 | Published in Google OpenSocial
On Tuesday, February 28, the OpenSocial community came together to officially kick off the next round of development on the specification. It was a long, but very productive day. You can read the minutes of the meeting on the wiki.
I would like to thank all of those who travelled in from out of town to attend the meeting in person, as well as those that joined via video conference. Especially the folks from Europe that stayed late into their evening. I would be remiss if I also did not thank Rajat Paharia from Bunchball for giving a great talk about gamification and how an open, community driven standard could be used as an accelerator for the adoption of game mechanics in enterprise.
There are three other individuals that deserve a big round of "Thanks". James Snell (IBM) and Matt Franklin (Mitre) graciously volunteered their time and stepped up to the plate as spec editors. I will tell you from past experience this is no easy task. There are a tremendous number of areas in the spec that need to be cleaned up, where proper diction and examples will be paramount to ensuring clarity and consumeability. This is on top of the hundreds of other little details that will come up requiring their attention and consuming their time. And finally, Matt "the Hun" Marum (IBM) has agreed to continue his work as Release Manager. We affectionately gave him this nickname because he's the guy who will kick us into shape and make sure we make our dates.
There's a lot to do between now and May, and that's just for 2.5! We'll be starting the 3.0 work right after that. Given the creativity, passion, and dedication that I saw over the last few weeks that culminated in the kickoff, I've got no doubt we are in for another fantastic release of the spec.
President, OpenSocial Foundation