Checklist for publishing FIWARE Generic Enablers

This checklist is intended to inform new FIWARE GE owners of the steps that have to be taken in order to publish a new FIWARE GE.

Any doubt or request to the FIWARE Foundation shall be made by sending an email to fiware-help@lists.fiware.org

New Generic Enablers

The following mimimal requirements must be met before a new contribution can be considered as an Incubated Generic Enabler. The acceptance can take time, for instance to allow studying the quality of the product, internal architecture, software design, code cleanliness etc.

  • All New Generic Enablers MUST be presented to the TSC for candidature and accepted into an existing Chapter.
  • A New Generic Enabler MUST show how it integrates within the overall FIWARE Architecture
  • The codebase MUST be available on GitHub
  • The GitHub repository MUST include an appropriate Open Source License - see https://choosealicense.com/
  • For functional readiness at a minimum, a new incubated enabler MUST be able to be instantiated directly in a running state by any competent developer without the need to refer to other dependent technologies - for example:

    • Keyrock relies on MySQL, but a working MySQL can be easily instantiated by Docker and minimal data is seeded by Keyrock - the database volume can be persisted. Knowledge of SQL is unnecessary for use.
    • An IoT Agent can have a dependency on MongoDB - the volumes are exposed so that the data will be persisted if the Docker container goes down. Alternatively an IoT Agent can be memory based, but all configuration can be set up using a config file or Docker params and then data injected by HTTP requests. An understanding of MongoDB is unnecessary to get it to work.
    • QuantumLeap works with Grafana and Crate-DB - appropriate set-up and docker compose are available in the Quick Start. Quantum Leap can be used without in depth knowledge of Crate-DB
  • For all webservice components, a Dockerfile MUST be available within the code-base

  • Basic documentation MUST exist in Markdown and MUST be complete enough for usage of the component:
    • A Quick Start guide
    • Admin Installation instructions - how to create instances:
      • Standalone using configuration files
      • Using Docker/Docker-compose and injecting ENV variables
    • Developer Documentation - how to call the API programmatically
    • User Documentation - how to use the GUI
    • Apiary file (where necessary)
  • For a stateful component, the state MUST be persistable between instantiations, additional manual set-up MUST not be required.
  • There MUST be a commitment that the team behind the product will follow through with completing the remaining Incubated requirements within a reasonable time frame

Submission Checklist

The following information MUST be submitted to FF Staff:

  • The URL of all of the GitHub Repositories holding the code base
  • The version number of the initial release to be included in the catalogue - this MUST correspond to a real release tag found on the GitHub repository
  • The location of the official Dockerfile, so an “official” FIWARE docker image can be set up from the FIWARE account
  • The URL for the official documentation - ideally this URL should be a ReadtheDocs project
  • The name of a representative who will take the role of the owner/caretaker of the Generic Enabler.
  • A sample elevator pitch (one sentence) and the What is? and Why use? texts (one paragraph each) describing the GE in the same manner as the other Generic Enablers

Incubated

The expected requirements to be fulfilled within a few months of acceptance:

It is accepted that Incubated Enablers may not currently comply with all "MUST" requirements of the Development Guidelines, but are expected to be working towards fulfilling them. Commitment to completing the transition to a full member is tracked as part of the FIWARE Quality Assurance testing, and insufficient progress on issues will eventually result in the enabler being quarantined or be removed from the list of Enablers.

Transition to Full membership

All of the "MUST" requirements of the Development Guidelines must be fulfilled before the incubation period is complete.

The enabler should have demonstrated that it fulfills a real need within the FIWARE ecosystem, and statitics showing a credible level of adoption and community support MUST be presented to the TSC.

Mature (Full Member)

This is the expected standard for membership going onward. All the requirements for new and incubated enablers listed above MUST be met.

To further clarify, failure to do so will result in a written warning and a requirement to comply within a given period of time. Mature Generic Enablers which make no effort to fulfill the gaps in their commitments, will be quarantined and will be removed from the list of Enablers.

  • A Stack Overflow tag for the component is registered (Ask FF Staff)
  • Where it is suitable to provide a global instance of a service, a public instance may be deployed in the FIWARE Lab and maintained by the FF team (Ask FF Staff)
  • A tour guide entry is provided - see [fiwaretourguide.readthedocs.io] https://fiwaretourguide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/iot-agents/introduction/)
  • A tutorial is provided (See some examples at fiware-tutorials.readthedocs.io)