Venstar Thermostat binding upgrade

Hi all. I am interesting in getting involved in openHAB development and I am thinking about adding some more functionality to the Venstar thermostat binding. There are several variables and commands available via the thermostat’s local API which are not currently included in the binding. I already got pointed to the developers guide in openHAB and I’m OK with what I read there, and I have found and reviewed the existing binding code to understand how it works and what I would need to add. I think the logical next step, and probably the only reasonable way to learn more, is to give it a try…
Is there a simple way to check if someone else is already making similar changes on that binding, so that I don’t waste my time and someone else’s time?