Ralph Meijer Application 2008

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My name is Ralph Meijer (ralphm) and I'm applying for the continuance of my XSF membership.

I've been an active member of the Jabber community since late 2000. I have co-authored a number of XEPs, all around publish-subscribe technologies, and contributed to many others, as well as the XMPP specification submitted to the IETF. Futhermore I have served on the XMPP Council since 2004.

I currently work for Mediamatic Lab, on open standards and XMPP, and keep a personal weblog.


I maintain the following Jabber related services:

  • Planet Jabber - *The* aggregate blog of Jabber related blogs.
  • Mimír - A Jabber enabled news service / web-based news reader.


My most visible contributions in terms of code are:

  • Idavoll - A (framework for building a) server-side component that implements a JEP-0060 compliant publish-subscribe service.
  • The XMPP support in the Twisted Framework, of which I am the current maintainer.
  • Wokkel - A library on top of Twisted that provides XMPP extension protocol implementations.


I am a strong promoter of Jabber related technologies and have been given presentations at various conferences, mostly in Europe. Also, I've organised a Jabber developers' room and Jabber booth at FOSDEM on several occasions, among others.


I would like retain my membership to continue my work within the XSF for the European continent. I will also re-apply for the next term of the XMPP Council.