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Revision as of 11:04, 30 December 2014

Status: Forming

Organizers: Chris Kemp, Tom Fifield, Evan Scheessele, Everett Toews


To create an ecosystem where a diverse array of applications built for OpenStack can thrive.


  • Grow the number of active OpenStack applications globally, for both private and public cloud use
  • Make it simpler to create applications for OpenStack by:
    • Improving introductory material
    • Ensuring appropriate tools and technical information is available, correct and easy to find
  • Further facilitating the association of those creating applications for OpenStack clouds with the OpenStack technical community by:
    • Improving developer.openstack.org, a portal for application creators
    • Analyzing and improving the 6-monthly conference, particularly the "Targeting OpenStack" track, and other more feedback-style sessions
    • Educating OpenStack's active technical community on the issues faced by those who are targeting OpenStack clouds


For email, we will use the user-committee mailing list and prefix the subject line with [app].

For IRC, we will use #openstack on Freenode.

For the OpenStack Summit, design summit sessions and/or conference sessions.

For meetings, In Planning, see participation link: http://doodle.com/pp4833rddiut5wbk (see Meetings).

For liaisons (the liaison is the first line of contact for the AE WG team members), see Liaisons


1. Application Ecosystem Feedback

Anyone in the application ecosystem needs a way to give feedback to the OpenStack community at large. This can be a daunting task for those outside of the community. The members of this working group need to gather and channel this feedback into one place where the people building OpenStack itself can consume it. We should be accepting of feedback in all its forms: conversations, email, IRC, blog posts, etc. The point is to act as a conduit and provide a way to get that feedback to the community.

2. Communicate Actionable Items

This working group has a large and diverse group of stakeholders. It's our responsibility to engage these stakeholders, keep them up to date, and communicate actionable items to them. Specifically the Liaisons are responsible for ensuring this happens.

3. Content

The content necessary to grow an application ecosystem comes in many forms. Some examples are:

Where a particular piece of content lives will likely depend on the nature of the content.

How to Contribute

Contributions come in the form of the deliverables above.

1. To contribute feedback:

  1. Go to openstack-app.uservoice.com
  2. Search for pre-existing feedback that matches what you want to add
  3. If the feedback already exists, vote for that idea and/or comment on it
  4. If the feedback does not exist, create a new idea
  5. In both cases, email the person you gathered the feedback from with the link to the idea so they can vote and/or comment on it themselves

It will be tempting to just give the openstack-app.uservoice.com URL to people and let them have at it. That may be appropriate in some cases but try to avoid it. Not only are they less likely to actually follow through with it but you'll miss out on an opportunity to further clarify what they need from OpenStack to launch their applications.

2. To communicate actionable items:

The Liaisons will know best how to communicate with their respective stakeholders.

3. To contribute content:

  1. Email your idea for content to the User Committee mailing list
  2. Discuss the content and where it should live
  3. Execute on that idea

4. Participate in the discussions at the weekly TODO (see Meetings).


There is the related API_Working_Group (API WG). The Application Ecosystem Working Group (AE WG) is complementary to the API WG. The AE WG is focused on anyone creating or running an application on OpenStack whereas the API WG is focused on guidelines for the APIs. The place where these groups meet in the middle is the API, which forms the contract between the two. Members of the AE WG are encouraged to be members of the API WG and vice versa.


How to Join

Join the user-committee mailing list, watch for emails that are prefixed by [app], and join the discussion. Start contributing to the deliverables.


Please add yourself to this list if you are committed to growing the Application Ecosystem for OpenStack.