I have a Google Alert that searches for "JUG Java" -- it works pretty well. A few days ago, it pointed me to the Adopt-a-JSR presentation that's now available on Java.net in the Java User Groups JUG Collateral Pack 1_ 2012 folder. The 17-slide presentation is authored by Martijn Verburg and James Gough...
I have a Google Alert  that searches for "JUG Java" -- it works pretty well. A few days ago, it pointed me to the Adopt-a-JSR presentation  that's now available on Java.net in the Java User Groups JUG Collateral Pack 1_ 2012  folder. The 17-slide presentation is authored by Martijn Verburg and James Gough of the London Java Community  ("with lots of extra valuable input" from SouJava ).
You might remember that both the London Java Community and SouJava are currently members of the JCP SE/EE Executive Committee . So, they're already very involved in guiding the future directions of the Java platform.
The Adopt-A-JSR  program, if you're not familiar with it, encourages Java User Groups to actively participate in current Java Specification Requests (JSRs) . The idea is that a Java User Group selects a JSR (or more than one) of particular interest to its members, and "adopts" the JSR, through the active engagement of its members in moving the JSR forward toward completion.
Here's how the Adopt-A-JSR  introduction states it:
This program is intended to encourage JUG members to get involved in a Java Specification Request (JSR) and to evangelise that JSR to their JUG and the wider Java community in order to increase grass roots participation. JSRs cover all aspects of the Java ecosystem such as the new Date and Time API coming into Java 8, the latest JavaEE 7 APIs for the cloud and much more! This program will realise the following benefits...
The presentation  is a very nice way to introduce yourself (and your local Java User Group) to the Adopt-A-JSR program. It leads by defining key acronyms (JUG, JSR, JCP, RI, TCK), then points out some of the reasons Java User Groups should consider getting involved (to move the entire Java ecosystem forward, to be at the forefront of new technology, to boost the careers of JUG members, to demystify the JCP and the standards process, ...). The presentation also outlines the benefits to Java Standards; current Java User Group participants, efforts, and accomplishments; and how to get started yourself (i.e., your JUG) and make good progress.
On the final slide, Duke offers further inspiration, and promises to thank you in person should you decide to help! (Well, I made up that last part, but if you do help by joining the Adopt-A-JSR  effort, I'll personally lobby Duke on your behalf the next time I see him...)
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