Open Source Project Best Practices Verification Form


Market Readiness Level Evaluation First Stage

The identification of open source software project best practices is the first stage in evaluating the market readiness of projects in the OW2 code base. This step constitutes the framework used by the OW2 Technology Council to evaluate project maturity.

Project Communication

Willingness and ability of the project to communicate, to be easy to deal with.

COM-1CommunicationThe project maintains a website, there is a project URL.Status:    
COM-2CommunicationThe project website provides a high-level, non-technical introduction of what the software does (what problem does it solve?).Status:    
COM-3CommunicationThe project's website provides an easy-to-find link to the source code of its latest release.  Status:    
COM-4CommunicationThe project can provide evidence of at least one event participation or press release in the last 12 months, plus recent social network activity.Status:    
COM-5CommunicationThe project's dashboard on the OW2 web site is completed and up to date.Status:    

Project Community

Status of the community and mechanisms that support third party contributions.

CTY-1CommunityThe project has at least two unassociated active code committers.Status:    
CTY-2CommunityThe project can provide evidence of active discussions around the project on one or several public communication channel(s) over the last three months.Status:    
CTY-3CommunityThe project is open to third-party contributions.Status:    
CTY-4CommunityThe project recognizes as contributions not only source code, but also documentation, constructive bug reports, constructive discussions, marketing and generally anything that adds value to the project.Status:    
CTY-5CommunityThe project maintains a list of easy contributions suitable for new contributors.Status:    

Project Documentation

Documentation facilitating usage of the project and contribution to it.

DOC-1DocumentationThe project maintains web pages with ready-to-use human-readable documentation in English.Status:    
DOC-2DocumentationThe project provides user documentation.Status:    
DOC-3DocumentationThe project provides reference documentation that describes the external interface (both input and output) of the software produced by the project, if any.Status:    
DOC-4DocumentationThe project provides documentation for developers including coding guidelines, style, patterns, etc.Status:    
DOC-5DocumentationThe project provides documentation on the contribution workflow (e.g., are pull requests used?).Status:    

Development Infrastructure

Provisioning of development resources and facilitation of bug reports and commits contribution.

INF-1InfrastructureThe project provides communication mechanisms to interact with the user community (mailing-list, chat, forum) that are searchable, allow messages and topics to be addressed by URLStatus:    
INF-2InfrastructureThe project uses a state-of-the-art collaborative development environment that tracks what changes were made, who made the changes, and when the changes were made.Status:    
INF-3InfrastructureThe project uses a publicly accessible issue tracker for tracking individual issues.Status:    
INF-4InfrastructureThe project has a version-controlled source repository that is publicly readable.Status:    
INF-5InfrastructureThe project provides a continuous integration (CI) system that can automatically rebuild the software from source code, if the software produced by the project requires building for use.Status:    

Project Management

Organization of the project and management of its activities.

MGT-1ManagementThe project decision making process and the main roles in this process are explicitly defined and publicly documented.Status:    
MGT-2ManagementThe project release management process is defined and publicly documented (or the project has named a release team).Status:    
MGT-3ManagementThe project roadmap process is defined and publicly documented.Status:    
MGT-4ManagementThe project facilitates community support (i.e. provides resources where users and committers can talk to each other).Status:    
MGT-5ManagementThe way in which contributors can be granted more rights is explicitly defined and publicly documented.Status:    

Project License

Open source licenses and copyright handling by the project.

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LIC-1LicensesThe project produces software exclusively under license(s) approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).Status:    
LIC-2LicensesThe project's license(s) can verified by the use of dedicated license analysis tools.Status:    
LIC-3LicensesThe project's license is clearly stated on the project web site.Status:    
LIC-4LicensesThe project has a process to vet the copyright ownership of every code contributions integrated into the software.Status:    
LIC-5LicensesLibraries and components that are mandatory dependencies of the project's code are available as open source software. Status:    

Development Process

Development practices that help improve code quality.

DEV-1Dev. ProcessThe project process for users to submit bug reports, feature requests and improvement ideas is documented and supported by a tool (e.g. an issue tracker or a mailing list).Status:    
DEV-2Dev. ProcessThe project maintains at least one stable version of the software, different from the development version.Status:    
DEV-3Dev. ProcessThe project quality control process is defined and publicly documented.Status:    
DEV-4Dev. ProcessThe project's source repository includes interim versions to enable collaborative review between releases, development for public releases happens publicly.Status:    
DEV-5Dev. ProcessThe project can provide evidence of the use of agile methodology or any well-documented software development methodology.Status:    

Testing Process

Implemention, quality and maintenance of the testing process.

TST-1Test ProcessThe project applies at least one FLOSS static code analysis tool to any proposed major production release of the software before its release.Status:    
TST-2Test ProcessThe project uses at least one automated FLOSS test framework.Status:    
TST-3Test ProcessThe project can provide evidence that its tests cover at least 50% of its lines of code.Status:    
TST-4Test ProcessThe project can provide evidence that it provides tests for different testing levels (Unit testing, Integration testing, System testing, Functional and non-functional testing, etc.).. Status:    
TST-5Test ProcessThe project  can provide evidence that it tests the quality of its tests.Status:    

Release Management

Enablement and maintenance of the integrity of the product and its releases.

REL-1Release MgtThe project results have a unique version identifier for each release intended to be used by users.Status:    
REL-2Release MgtThe Semantic Versioning (SemVer) format is used for releases.Status:    
REL-3Release MgtThe project provides for each realeasea public way to inspect the full list of changes integrated since the previous release.Status:    
REL-4Release MgtThe project's releases consist of both source code and executable binary if applicable, and they are distributed using standard and open archive formats.Status:    
REL-5Release MgtThe project provides, in each release, release notes that are in a human-readable format and a summary of major changes in that release to help users determine if they should upgrade and what the upgrade impact will be.Status:    

Security and Vulnerability Management

Attention to security vulnerabilities, mechanisms and resources to deal with them.

SEC-1SecurityThe project has defined and documented a process for confidentially reporting vulnerabilities.Status:    
SEC-2SecurityThe project provides security support and updates for the last stable release for at least one year.Status:    
SEC-3SecurityThe project uses standard identifiers (e.g. CVE, CPE) to track security vulnerabilities.Status:    
SEC-4SecurityThe project can provide evidence that it applies secure development best practices.Status:    
SEC-5SecurityThe project has conducted a security audit in the last three years.Status: