[doap-interest] DOAP and customers

Erling Wegger Linde erlingwl at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 13:05:37 CEST 2008

(I think somewhere this thread didn't continue on the doap-interest
list, but only between the two of us)

It would be great if anyone else would state their opinion on this.

Even if not every project, or even the majority of open source
projects don't need a "client" property, I still think it would
benefit DOAP, as it could more easily be adopted in commercial

- Erling =)

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 9:54 AM, Stuart A. Yeates <syeates at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 7:22 PM, Erling Wegger Linde <erlingwl at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I mean the party that you relate to when you develop your software. In
>> Scrum it would be the Product Owner for instance. I think that is a
>> very important role for a software project.
>> To give you some context:
>> We're developing an application where project information is stored
>> using DOAP. We want a customer to be able to log in and see
>> information for every project he is involved in, for instance mail
>> adresses to developers, project managers etc. (and much much more).
>> But somehow we need to link a customer to a project (so he cannot see
>> information about other projects, because such information can be
>> sensitive/confidential), and it just feels weird that we could use
>> maintainer, developer and the other properties to connect our own
>> people to a project, but not the customers.
>> So what I mean with customer, is the persons that can prioritize
>> requirements, monitors the process etc. Maybe customer is not the best
>> term in English?
> Thank you for clarifying your meaning.
> Generally when you have an on-going customer for whom you're building
> software the term in English would be "client"  (at least in my
> experience). Unfortunately this term also has meanings in terms of
> software architecture (i.e. client-server archiecture).
> I'm also not sure whether all/many open source projects have people in
> this role. I'm aware that lots of developers of open source software
> have people in this role, but I'm not sure how many projects do,
> particularly under, for example, the ASF model of open source. While
> not all uses of DOAP are in open source, most of them are, which is
> probably why we don't have this role yet.
> Anyone else have thoughts?
> cheers
> stuart

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Erling Wegger Linde

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