Liferay-Logosmall.jpgLiferay, Inc. (news, site), creators of open source Java portal and collaboration software, is making moves to empower its large and active community. Liferay has announced a Community Leadership Program, or as we prefer to think of it, an open source dream team, which will provide an increased level of input to Liferay.

Liferay, which was recognized in the annual water&stone Open Source CMS Market Share Report as a leader in the Java CMS space, largely due to its support and reputation metrics, has an active community of over 35,000 members that contributes to everything from code to peer-to-peer assistance. Liferay offers multiple ways to become involved in supporting the platform such as:

  • Community forum
  • Blogs
  • Wiki
  • A weekly live video session, Liferay LIVE
  • User groups

an· and multiple live events throughout the year

Liferay understands that continuing community engagement is critical for the platform’s growth and success, and believes that the newly created Community Leadership program can be a tool to help foster a deeper relationship with supporters. The small team of leaders receives additional privileges and responsibilities for helping guide and manage the community.

The initial leadership team includes 12 members from the Liferay community with years of experience contributing to the platform. Liferay selected members from a diverse set of backgrounds and geographic locations to reflect community composition. Appointment as a community leader isn’t just a symbolic designation; leaders have a voice in product road map decisions and gain Verifier status in the Liferay issue tracking system, which allows them to lead other community members in issue reporting, tracking and resolution. Granting verifier status is a big change because, historically, Liferay community members have been granted only limited permissions in the issue tracking system. 

According to James Falkner of Liferay, the unofficial charter of the team is:

  • To represent a diverse subset of the larger community
  • Interact with the core Liferay staff on engineering and other development topics pertaining to the community
  • Contribute discussions, thoughts, ideas and expertise to the overall direction of Liferay's open source products
  • Represent the Liferay Community to other open source projects directly or indirectly related to Liferay
  • Mentor community members who wish to take a more active role in the project

Liferay will continue to add features to the program over time to ensure interest remains high. Currently, the leadership team is open to any Liferay community member that has shown a consistent desire to contribute to the platform. There is no election process; perspective members just need to contact for consideration.

Liferay has made it clear that supporting its community is a top priority for 2011 and the new Community Leadership Program demonstrates that the company isn’t just making promises.