Operations & Project Health Meeting - 2024-03-21

Strengthen the OpenSearch project by addressing maintenance and health opportunities that can enable more contributions.

Scope: Health is a broad spectrum that includes security, developer experience, maintainer experience, quality and usability standards, documentation, community wellness and safety.

Date: Thurs, March 21, 2024
Time: 09:00 AM PT (UTC -7)

Agenda setting:

  • This is a bi-weekly meeting with topics nominated publicly or spilled from the previous meeting.
  • If you have a topic you would like discussed, please comment below
  • At the end, if there is time, we can discuss other topics.

Zoom Meeting link
Meeting ID: 889 2747 8240
Passcode: 760208

Meetup link

By joining the OpenSearch Community Meeting, you grant OpenSearch, and our affiliates the right to record, film, photograph, and capture your voice and image during the OpenSearch Community Meeting (the “Recordings”). You grant to us an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, and translate, for any purpose, all or any part of the Recordings and Your Materials. For example, we may distribute Recordings or snippets of Recordings via our social media outlets.


  • OpenSearchCon Europe - announced - CfP is still open so please get your submissions in
  • Dashboards custom pkg manager - improvements made to all plugin/javascript - now can use different client versions in packaging and maintain compatibility
  • Storage team now has public meetings


  • RC date miss for 2.13 due to flaky tests/infrastructure
  • 9 attendees. An increase over last meeting, but we still have an exercise to work towards better attendance. Kris/Bill/Barani action item(s)
    • Advertise on Slack (Bill)
    • Community Meetings (Kris)
    • Outlook invites to known attendees that should be here (Barani/Kris)
  • David Tippett has moved on - we’ll miss him
  • OpenSearch GitHub org - if someone leaves Amazon, there is an audit script that removes them from org. Barani & Henri Y working to get rid of this / improve this process

Metrics discussion

  • Not yet accessible publicly, but Barani is working on this
  • based on inputs from the GH APIs for OpenSearch Project org

Neural Search repo/team report

  • Seen a spike in issues, but that was tied to upcoming release
  • New features, how to better communicate with the community
  • 8 ‘Untriaged’ for over a month. Maintainers stated this should have been changed to under-review or more appropriate
  • Overall, feels that maintainers are doing well with their efforts on PR/Issues/Triage

Side discussion came up about ‘active’ maintainers

  • popular topic across the project lately
  • can we get / do we need to get more maintainers to do this triage work on a consistent basis
  • should we email / follow up with lists of maintainers to see if still want to remain active?
  • Rich Bowen - this is not a yes/no answer, we’re all human and have things come up in life - should be more of a ‘yes I’m still here and can do more, yes I’m still here but don’t have time currently, no I’ve left for other things, etc’ – this is something for the project to think through
    • also from Rich - this is still seen as an Amazon project, possibly with a class system, have definitely made huge progress, but keep working on it.
  • Client repos so really well with their follow up - dB is a great example; gets back to someone that submitted a bug with a request to create a test case that displays how bug surfaces - need to ensure this request is made in a timely manner (dB also does this well)


  • Andriy pointed out that it seems flaky tests have gotten worse
  • now we have more of them
  • not trending the right way
  • Barani writing a PR – open to comments

Lukas - ticket in storage repo working through ways to improve things

  • remote storage is just really complex. Not sure if this can / should be part of our tests - makes for a very challenging integration test - not sure how to improve this yet

Wheel spin:
Anamoly Detection is up next meeting

Action items
Bill / Barani / Kris
Continue work on more attendees - notify Slack - Meeting invites - announce on Community Meetings