Open community: Friend or Foe?
Should JISC funded projects be generating communities around themselves?
How do JISC projects effectively engage with existing third party communities?
Are users or developers more important when building a community?
What does an open community look like and how does a JISC project use it to its best advantage?
How does community infrastructure make project management easier?
Is the community there for requirements gathering, feedback on final outputs, sustainability at the end of the project, or just for the tea and biscuits?
About the workshop
This OSS Watch led workshop aims to help JISC project participants understand community with respect to their project. It is an opportunity for you to:
- discover how community will help your project with respect to project management as well as potential sustainability
- team up with projects in similar areas to discuss community involvement and community development in your specific field
- inform OSS Watch how we may help your project gain maximum benefit from community activities
- 0915 Refreshments for the travellers
- 1000 Welcome
- 1020 The importance of community and a community infrastructure
- 1100 Tea/Coffee
- 1120 Breakout: Do we need communities?
- 1230 Lunch 1330 Addressing key breakout points
- 1400 Being a part of an open source community
- 1440 Tea/Coffee
- 1450 Breakout: Identifying useful communities 1540 What can OSS Watch do for your community?
- 1600 Close
When and Where
Wednesday June 20th University of Oxford
About OSS Watch
OSS Watch promotes awareness and understanding of the legal, social, technical and economic issues that arise when educational institutions engage with free and open source software. It does this by providing unbiased advice and guidance to UK higher and further education. See http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/
The text below was sent to all participants who attended the workshop.
We'd like to thank you for attending the OSS Watch Communities workshop. An issue that was raised several times by attendees was practical, hands-on help getting the technical community infrastructure set up (version control, mailing lists, etc). OSS Watch are actively working on organising such an event, more information will be forthcoming. Another common request was for more focus on how projects can create a culture of collaboration within their projects. This is something that is best learnt through doing, rather than through studying. To this end we will be creating a new mailing for the ongoing discussion of community led development models. This new list is intended to be a friendly environment in which your project team can communicate with OSS Watch and other projects. It will compliment the OSS Watch email@example.com by providing a place to share experiences and best practise. firstname.lastname@example.org will remain the point of contact for more private issues relating to your project, such as specific licensing questions. During the workshop we mentioned that you would be subscribed automatically to this mailing list unless you explicitly asked not to be. This is your last chance to opt out, as we will be creating the list shortly. As per best practise, the welcome mail sent to all new subscribers will contain full details on how to unsubscribe. A number of participants requested copies of the slides used during the presentation, and these are in the wiki as attachments at: http://wiki.oss-watch.ac.uk/CommunityDevelopmentWorkshop Several participants talked about the struggle to achieve sustainability. OSS Watch has some content in our wiki about this at: http://wiki.oss-watch.ac.uk/SustainableOpenSource this is closely related to the recently Sustainability study: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/distributed_elearning/sustainabilitystudy-1.0.pdf This will, no doubt, be a hot topic on the new list, we'd be very keen to hear your thoughts on sustainability for your projects. There were also requests for detailed information on the governance models of specific open source projects. We have started compiling a set of details about specific projects at: http://wiki.oss-watch.ac.uk/ExamplesOfOpenSourceGovernanceModels Please note that our wiki materials are "in development", you are welcome to read them, add to them or highlight areas you feel need to be expanded by adding comments directly to the content. Alternatively, you could ask for further details on the mailing list. cheers The OSS Watch team
ExamplesOfOpenSourceGovernanceModels was created to give attendees information on how different open source projects are governed.
community-development mailing list
Paul Walk blogged his experience.
Attached are the slides used at the event. The bulk of the content is in Ross's slides.