Tech Committee Meeting Minutes 25 July 2017

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In Attendance

  • Alec (PKP)
  • Alex
  • Chris
  • Clinton
  • Dulip
  • Jeanette
  • Kenton
  • Marc
  • Marco
  • Svantje

Quick Updates

  • OJS 3.1 release delayed (Alec)
    • Finally merging JavaScript (vue.js, API URL space, etc.) this week
    • Travis testing upgraded to new Trusty image to work around PHP version mismatch/weird performance quirk
    • Subscriptions partially merged (administration back-end); work on business logic/front end continues
    • New release date will be established shortly.

Tech Committee Chair

  • Huge thanks to Jeanette for her 2+ years of chairing!
  • Clinton will be stepping up starting with our next meeting -- thanks in advance to Clinton too.

Translation (Marco)


  • two possibly colliding Ukrainian translations for OJS3
  • Spanish translation of OJS3 done (AFAIK)
  • German, Russian up to date
  • update on release date for OJS3?
  • Portuguese (pt_PT) translation just came in
  • Czech translation awaiting final merge (
  • see GitHub issues


  • offer for an Arabic translation of OMP

Translation tools

  • problems with translator plugin
  • trying to move to 3rd party tools, based on .po files


  • Translation issues
    • Gitbook can be cumbersome to work with; what about other options? Changes planned?
      • Plan to back everything in github as far as Alec knows
      • Perhaps host HTML mirror of content on PKP site
      • No plans to move away from gitbook, as the toolset is standard. Just ensuring robustness.


  • Sprint (Alec)
    • Expecting a larger group than usual; we may split into two rooms
    • Email with shared document went out yesterday; Slack invites in progress
    • PKP team may not be large enough to place a member in each group as usual; please consider yourselves ambassadors!
    • Roger Gillis is available to manage/coordinate the second room.
    • Jeanette is also attending and can coordinate.

Other Topics

Extending metadata schemes (Dulip)

  • Alternative titles, Title-transliterations for journal articles (for languages not specified in ojs 3)
  • Is it already possible, without adding a dummy language ? if not what would be the best-strategy advice ?
    • Something like writing a plugin to extend submission_settings / metadata_descriptions  ?
    • Alec recommends a code contribution to be merged in directly. These are logical improvements and have been requested elsewhere.
  • Marc: Import/export. Why is it so picky that XML data matches the journal language configuration?
    • Alec: Should perhaps not be so strict. This isn't a risk for introducing e.g. data errors, but content in unsupported languages might just not be presented until the language is enabled.

Versioning (Svantje)

Solr (Svantje)

docker4ojs (Marc)

  • State of the art: What other FLOSS projects are doing? Good enough for production?
  • Architecture change to move from mojo to dojo.

Next Meeting

29 August 2017, 9am Vancouver