Jessica Tallon received a grant from NLnet to bootstrap the standardization process of OCapN (Object Capability Network). Jessica has worked with us on previous Spritely projects, including previous NLnet grants related to implementing petnames. Spritely Institute’s role will be providing direction and support to Jessica, who will leading the effort.
We want to thank NLnet for funding this important work as standardization is critically important for the wider adoption and implementation of OcapN.
Initial Draft Specs
Form a Community Group (preceding the standards Working Group)
Compliance & Test Suite
Submit/Transform to [TBD] standards body
The bootstrapping process will begin with draft specifications based on
Spritely’s two existing implementations of OcapN.
We are hoping to standardize OCapN for everyone. It is important that stakeholders are at the table from the earliest stages. Thus Jessica will establish a community group to shape these documents in the coming weeks.
Having implementations is crucial to a standardization process, so as part of this grant Jessica will be developing a test suite which will evolve along side these draft specifications to test the compliance of implementations. Since we want creating additional implementations as easy as possible, she will also be writing an implementation guide.
The ultimate goal is to migrate a stable and mutually-acceptable proposal into a [TBD] standardization body (which body would be for the group to decide).
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t think there is anything currently scheduled. We’d previously had two meetings including myself, @cwebber, @markm, @kris, Kenton Varda, and @zarutian (hopefully I didn’t forget anyone). Obviously @tsyesika should be included on the next one.
I’d like to have an actual agenda this time; the second meeting in particular I think got derailed by not particularly critical points of discussion.
Might be good to organize this on the ocapn github org or #ocapn on libera.chat (or just ping people via email), particularly since I don’t think Kenton is on here.
I thought I’d mention here that we’re thinking of having a meeting early December kick off the group with introductions and talk about where everyone’s at and then start in earnest with the meetings trying to discuss the spec and work towards consensus at the beginning of next year.
I’ll be setting up some communication mechanism (mailing list, etc.) this month and putting up a poll to find out what dates and times work best for everyone so stay tuned for that.
There is not yet any plans for a f2f meeting about OCapN. Could change once we hit an actual standards body of course, but don’t expect it to be before. I think we can commit to making sure these requirements are always met at this point.