[Owasp-board] Flagship Announcement

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Wed May 28 21:43:15 UTC 2014

Looks ok to me.

On 24/05/14 03:08, Jim Manico wrote:
> Here is the proposed text for the flagship announcement to the leaders
> and community lists. Is everyone from the board and staff happy with
> this text? I took everyone's comment from Google Docs and made the
> requested changes.
> Aloha,
> Jim
> ***
> *
> On April 30 2014, the OWASP Board voted to change all projects with
> Flagship Status to Labs status. This message is intended to explain
> why we did this and what the future of OWASP projects and project
> evaluation is.
> It's critical that the OWASP Foundation is sincere about the
> classification of our project inventory. Our "customers" depend upon
> these projects to provide a wide variety of critical security
> services. These include discovery of security vulnerabilities,
> cryptographic services, developer security education and a number of
> critical security controls. Some OWASP projects are used in the very
> heart of our customers infrastructure!
> Our current methodology of project classification is based on three
> categories: Incubator Projects, Labs Projectsand Flagship Projects.
> Let's take a moment to explore what these categories mean as they
> stand today.  
> OWASP Incubator Projectsare "proofs of concept, experimental, and
> classified as prototypes" in their current state.
> OWASP Labs Projectsrepresent projects that have produced a deliverable
> of significant value but are not guaranteed to be production ready.
> OWASP Flagship Projectsclearly denote production quality projects that
> organizations can trust and depend on.
> Evaluating almost 200 projects is no small task. The OWASP project
> list has not changed much over the last 2 years. Unfortunately, some
> of our flagship projects have not been active and have languished to a
> point where flagship status may not be appropriate.  Also, as OWASP
> continues to mature its project management and review capabilities,
> these categories may go away.
> In an effort to present a more accurate and up-to-date status of OWASP
> projects, the OWASP Board has voted to reduce all Flagships projects
> to LABS status and will require projects to go through an evaluation
> process in order to be deemed flagship once again. This message states
> that current flagship projects are still important projects that
> deliver significant value, but may not be production ready or up to date.
> OWASP is in the midst of building a new project review infrastructure
> and the processes to go with that. Our new project review mechanism is
> not finalized yet, but the OWASP Communityis working to build that new
> strategy. But we need to realize that while many of our projects are
> great ideas, not all of them are "production quality projects". Please
> look for a proposal with options for comment and a community vote in
> the upcoming weeks.
> We know this may upset some in our community, but we want to emphasize
> that we felt that several OWASP Flagship projects (which are of great
> value) were languishing in a variety of ways. Our goal was to present
> OWASP projects in a more honest light. OWASP Labs status again denotes
> great value.
> Thanks you for your consideration over this matter. We are eager to
> hear any feedback from the community to help make OWASP projects
> better in the future.
> Regards,
> The OWASP Board and Staff*
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