The Java platform is developed within an open framework, unlike some other technologies. The JCP is the framework within which this open development occurs. It involves a number of interested parties, potentially including yourself, who develop or modify:
Java technology specifications
Technology Compatibility Kits (TCK)
Reference Implementations (RI)
The JCP revolves around JSRs, which are the formalized requests that JCP members make when they want to either develop a new Java technology specification or modify an existing specification. Before you discover what is involved in the process of converting a JSR to a finalized specification, you will learn who is involved in the JCP.